COLLEGE PARK -- Since the Maryland women's basketball team has moved into Atlantic Coast Conference play, point guard Karon Ferguson has been a lonely person.
That's because league teams have elected to leave Ferguson unguarded, daring her to shoot and freeing her defender to help on other Maryland players.
Florida State tried that strategy last night and paid for it. Ferguson had eight points in Maryland's 81-39 win over the hapless Seminoles.
The Terps (9-8, 4-4), who ended a three-game losing streak, shot a blistering 74 percent from the floor, an all-time single game record, and held Florida State to an ACC single-game low for points scored this season.
"We achieved our main objective, which was to set the tempo," said Maryland coach Chris Weller. "Our main goal is to get teams playing towhat we want to do."
Ferguson's total wasn't even a season-high (nine points against Georgia Tech) or a game-high for Maryland (Michele Andrew had 26).
But the two first-half jumpers she made from 12 and 15 feet, respectively, forced Florida State (4-14, 1-8) to guard Ferguson directly and play Maryland honestly.
"She [Ferguson] stepped up tonight and did a good job of putting the ball up," said Florida State Marynell Meadors. "We were going to use our point guard as an extra person down low."
"I didn't even really think about it," said Ferguson. "I'm not looking at it as passing up a shot. I think of it as setting up a play."