Feb. 19, 2006
Adeduntan scores 10 points in OT to give FSU its 17th win of the season.
CLEMSON, S.C. – Senior Ganiyat Adeduntan scored 10 points in the overtime period, including draining back-to-back three-pointers, to lead Florida State to an 80-72 overtime victory at Clemson Sunday afternoon. Adeduntan finished the game with a game-high 23 points while junior Alicia Gladden added 22 points and 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season and second straight. The Seminoles improved to 17-8 overall and 8-4 in ACC play while Clemson fell to 8-18 and 2-10 in league play.
“I am so proud of the way the team continued to gut it out,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Clemson shot the ball extremely well and we rebounded from a poor shooting first half to shoot 49 percent in the second half and then 83 percent in the overtime. I can’t say enough about the play of Ganiyat Adeduntan and Alicia Gladden. Alicia really kept us going in the second half and Ganiyat was just tremendous in the overtime.”
FSU surrendered an 11-point lead midway through the second half to fall behind by five with just under four minutes remaining in regulation. The Seminole defense turned it up a notch and held the Tigers scoreless until 2.5 seconds remaining in the game while the Tribe scored eight unanswered, including four points from the charity stripe, and had a 63-60 lead with 36.1 seconds left in the game. Clemson could not find a shot and let the clock run down. A three-point attempt at the shot clock buzzer missed and Amanda Frist, who finished the game with 16 points, rebounded it and laid it back up and got fouled. She made the free throw and despite an effort, FSU could not get a good shot off at the buzzer and the game went into overtime at 63-63. FSU scored the first four points in the overtime and then Adeduntan went to work. She hit the first bucket and polished things off with two free throws with 11 seconds left.
The score was 36-36 with 14:40 left in the game, marking the third tie of the second half, when the Seminoles went on a 15-4 run to take their largest lead at 51-40 with just over 10 minutes to play. Gladden, Johnson and Britany Miller all had four points each in the stretch. With the score 51-42, Clemson’s Maxienne White began the come-back effort for the Tigers and scored the team’s next eight straight points while FSU managed just a bucket. In all, Clemson went on a 20-4 run and regained the lead on a three-pointer by Julie Talley with 4:15 remaining in the game. White hit a bucket with 3:46 to close out the run and give Clemson a five-point lead.
For the third straight game, the Seminoles trailed at halftime. Clemson had a slim 27-24 advantage at the break as the Seminoles shot a dismal .226 from the field. In fact, FSU managed just one field goal in the final 12:19 of the half and scored its other eight points from the free throw line which kept them in the game. FSU led the first six minutes of the game but the Tigers kept to within four points before earning the lead for the remainder of the half, with an 8-0 run that put them up 21-14 with 8:40 on the clock. The Tigers also had the edge on the boards at 21-17. Miller was limited to just three minutes of play in the first half, picking up her second foul at the 14:30 mark. Adeduntan led the Tribe with eight first half points while Gladden had seven rebounds.
The Seminoles will host Wake Forest (11-13, 3-9 ACC) Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Tucker Center.