Florida State seized control early and never relented in a 76-61 victory over Maryland last night before 1,041 at Comcast Center.
Tasheika Morris scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half to lead the Seminoles, who have won six of their last seven against the Terrapins. Delvona Oliver, who fouled out with three seconds remaining, finished with 19 points.
"I'm disappointed in our effort tonight," Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. "We didn't battle for 40 minutes as a team."
Scoring on five of its first six possessions to take a 10-2 lead, Florida State (11-4, 3-1 ACC) set the tone from the start. Maryland (8-8, 2-3) was unable to match the Seminoles' torrid shooting and spent most of the game trying to catch up.
"Whenever another team takes a lead, we have yet to show we can respond," Frese said. "We're good when things are rolling our way and we're positive and confident, but when things don't go our direction, we have yet to find a way to stop that."
Florida State shot a season-high 55 percent and outrebounded the Terrapins 42-28. Seminoles center Trinetta Moore, who came into the game averaging 6.7 points, was particularly effective, scoring a career-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
"Personally, I think we only came to play offense today," senior Terrapins forward Renneika Razor said. "We didn't play defense at all today for 40 minutes. We didn't crash the boards. We didn't box out. We didn't hold our hands up. We didn't do anything on defense today."
Said Oliver: "We just weren't being physical."
The Terrapins received the usual contributions from stalwarts Razor and Oliver but got little help from the rest of the team. Razor had a career-high eight steals to go with her 15 points. She is now sixth on the school's career steals list with 228. Oliver made 7 of 14 field goals. The other three starters scored a combined 15 points.
"We need other people to step up and score, be ready to knock down shots, just stay confident in themselves," Razor said. "We have yet to find that."
Maryland, which has the second-worst defense in the league, failed to take advantage of Florida State's 24 turnovers.
"We did a nice job with our quickness forcing a lot of turnovers," Frese said. "I don't think they liked handling the pressure of the full-court press. But we weren't able to take advantage of that on the offensive end."
The Terrapins made a couple runs at Florida State. After trailing by 13 points, Maryland cut the Seminoles' lead to four on Anesia Smith's three-point play with 12 minutes 12 seconds to play. Three minutes later, however, Florida State pushed its lead back to 10.
* GEORGE MASON 74, DREXEL 42: Junior guard Jen Derevjanik scored 20 points to lead the Patriots at home. Derevjanik, George Mason's leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, made 6 of 12 field goals to help the Patriots rebound from a four-point loss to Old Dominion on Sunday.