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Terps women roar to first ACC win, 94-76; Perry emerges with 27, paces early run to top FSU


COLLEGE PARK -- Something about the third Sunday in January brings out the best in the Maryland women's basketball team.

Exactly 364 days ago, the Terrapins took out the No. 7 team in the country, North Carolina, shocking the Tar Heels with a 55-point second-half performance.

Even though Florida State isn't close to being in Carolina's class, the Terps dominated the Seminoles, 94-76, yesterday for their first Atlantic Coast Conference win.

In front of 2,622 at Cole Field House, the Terps (3-13, 1-6) shot 63 percent, forced 31 turnovers and got 27 points from Ginji Perry, a player as likely to get one minute of playing time or the 29 she had yesterday.

"The team wanted to show that we had a lot of pride in ourselves," Maryland coach Chris Weller said. "When we walk off the court, we want everyone to think that we're the team that played the hardest."

Weller's team left the sluggish opponent at the gate, taking a 30-12 lead 13 minutes into the game, thanks to a 12-2 run that featured nine straight points by Perry. After 20 minutes, the Terps had a 50-25 lead, their highest-scoring first half since 1992.

From there, Maryland cruised to its highest point total since scoring 95 against Iona in January 1997. Florida State (6-10, 1-6) was led by Brooke Wyckoff, who had 22 of her game-high 28 in the second half.

Pub Date: 1/18/99

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