TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Alexa Deluzio was happy to get another chance in her final home game.
The fifth-year senior hit a second-chance free throw with 7 seconds left to lift No. 24 Florida State to a 72-71 win over ninth-ranked Maryland on Thursday night.Deluzio had just missed a pair but got a chance to win it after Maryland was whistled for a lane violation on her second free throw."Thanks for the lane violation. I got another attempt at it and then I knocked it down," said Deluzio, who added that the violation did disturb her on the second attempt. "Beating a top 10 team on your senior night, it can't really get much better."Her jumper with 2 minutes left -- Florida State's only field goal in the final 6:27 -- gave the Seminoles a brief 67-59 cushion that quickly evaporated.It was Florida State's first win over a top 10 team in more than four years. They defeated then-No.8 North Carolina on Feb. 13, 2009.Florida State led 64-47 with 4:31 to go before the Terrapins stormed back with a 24-7 run to tie it at 71 on Chloe Pavelich's 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Seminoles coach Sue Semrau called it "quite a run.""I guess we decided we had nothing to lose," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We got a lot more aggressive defensively."Chelsea Davis had 19 points to lead a balanced scoring effort, and the Seminoles (21-7, 11-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) locked up the No. 4 seed and an opening round bye in the ACC tournament. Leonor Rodriguez finished with 16 points, Deluzio had 14 and Nasha Howard 11 for FSU.Katie Rutan made 6 of 10 from 3-point range and had a season-high 24 points for Maryland. Alyssa Thomas added 17 and Tianna Hawkins 16 for the Terps (22-6, 13-4), who are battling with North Carolina for the No. 3 seed.Thomas also had 14 rebounds to help the Terps to a 43-29 advantage on the boards, but she also contributed eight of Maryland's 21 turnovers with Deluzio often the defender."Lex did a tremendous job when we went man on her," Semrau said.The difference came at the free throw line, where the Seminoles connected on 20 of 29 -- with Davis going 9 of 14. Maryland made only seven of its 16 free throws.Maryland took 20 more shots than FSU but hit just 40.6 percent compared to Florida State's 49 percent.Florida State went nearly 6½ minutes and trailed 8-0 before getting its first basket on a reverse layup by Davis. The Seminoles missed their first eight shots and had four turnovers by the time they scored with 13:37 left in the opening half.Davis hit another layup to give the Seminoles their first lead -- 16-15 -- with 7:55 left in the half. She made four of five shots in the first half for the otherwise cold-shooting Seminoles.Cheetah Delgado's layup completed a 15-2 run that gave the Seminoles their biggest lead of the opening half at 21-16.Florida State had lost three of its previous four games, while Maryland was trying to bounce back from a 75-59 loss to No. 5 Duke. The Terps beat the Seminoles 74-61 in the season's first meeting Jan. 6.FSU and Maryland both close the regular season Sunday. The Seminoles are at Virginia and Maryland hosts Wake Forest.