UM women nipped by Clemson at line


GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland coach Brenda Frese said her eighth-seeded Terrapins needed to control Chrissy Floyd and out-rebound No. 7 seed Clemson to win in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament.

Senior guard Renneika Razor, a member of the ACC all-defense team, hounded Floyd, the league's second leading scorer, into a 3-for-16 shooting effort. And the undersized Terps out-rebounded Clemson, 42-25, including 17 offensive boards.

It didn't matter.

Floyd made her only two free-throw attempts with 1.2 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a 63-61 lead. Chrissy Fisher's subsequent baseball pass hit Razor in the hands near the free-throw line, and then bounced harmlessly across the Greensboro Coliseum floor as Frese's first season at Maryland (10-18) ended.

"I'm very proud of the way our team played," Frese said. "It was a heck of a game that really could have gone either way. It's sad that it [the season] ended, but I'm so proud of the players, especially of our seniors, Terri Daniels and Renneika [Razor].

"I'm also proud of the way our team battled tonight for 40 minutes. This is tournament time and it always seems to come down to one more shot and unfortunately we were on the losing end tonight."

Maryland's best chance to win came after it called a timeout with 24 seconds to play. The plan was to get the ball into the low post, where forward Angel Ross scored 10 of Maryland's 30 points in the paint. Point guard Vicki Brick took the ball across midcourt, but her pass was picked off by Floyd.

Floyd raced toward the hoop and was fouled by Razor with 1.2 seconds left.

Despite Floyd's cold shooting, Clemson coach Jim Davis put the ball in her hands after calling a timeout with the score tied at 61, the shot clock at 13 seconds and the game clock at 30. Floyd drove the left baseline, but Razor forced her to shoot into the side of the backboard.

"She really disrupted Floyd tonight and was really aggressive," Frese said. "She had to do so many things on the defensive end for us tonight that don't show up on the stat sheet."

Razor added 12 points and nine rebounds, putting her 14th on the Terps' all-time rebounding list. She is the 10th player in school history to rank in the top 20 in scoring and top 15 in rebounding.

Daniels scored 16 points to lead Maryland.

MARYLAND-Oliver 1-3 3-4 5, Carr 0-3 2-2 2, Daniels 5-11 3-3 16, Brick 1-6 2-2 4, Razor 4-7 3-8 12, Washington 4-12 0-1 8, Smith 1-2 2-3 4, Ross 5-5 0-0 10, Fisher 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 15-23 61. CLEMSON-Slosser 5-8 2-2 12, Aderhold 3-5 0-0 6, White 2-2 7-7 11, Queen 0-3 0-0 0, Floyd 3-16 2-2 8, Talley 3-4 2-2 11, Stokes 3-8 1-2 7, Vasilas 3-9 0-0 6, Sanders 1-2 0-0 0, Roper 0-1 0-0 0, Shafer 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-58 14-15 63. Half-Maryland, 30-27. 3-point goals-Maryland 4-9 (Daniels 3-5, Razor 1-1, Fisher 0-3), Clemson 3-13 (Talley 3-4, Floyd 0-4, Vasilas 0-5). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Maryland 42 (Razor 9), Clemson 25 (Slosser 6). Assists-Maryland 9 (Daniels, Brick 3), Clemson 13 (Floyd 3). Total fouls-Maryland 19, Clemson 18. A-N/A.

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