Dec. 2, 2003
ORLANDO, Fla. – Senior Tasheika Allen scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 72-59 win over UCF Tuesday night at the UCF Arena. Orlando-native Genesis Choice added 15 points and seven rebounds to the Seminole victory. FSU improved to 4-1 while UCF fell to 1-3 on the year.
Florida State committed four fouls in the first four minutes of the game and UCF’s Celeste Hudson was hot from the outside with seven early points as the Golden Knights took an 11-4 lead at the 16:05 mark. Allen got the Seminoles started with seven of the Tribe’s first 11 points. FSU trailed 15-6 when Allen hit a three-pointer that started an 8-0 Seminole run, including a three-pointer by Ganiyat Adeduntan. The Tribe took its first lead of the game on a LaQuinta Neely lay up at the 10:05 mark and Allen followed with another three to give FSU a 21-17 advantage. With just under six minutes left in the first half, UCF tied the game at 27-27 when Lashaundra Slade hit the Golden Knights’ third three-pointer of the game. Shante Williams hit one of two free throws just 10 seconds later and then neither team scored for nearly three minutes. FSU extended its lead to three and the Golden Knights went back to the long ball and tied it at 30-30 with another three-pointer. Allen, who sat for nearly four minutes with two fouls, reentered the game long enough to give FSU a three-point play and a five point lead but the Seminoles led just 35-33 at halftime. Allen led all scorers with 15 points while Hudson had 13 points for UCF. FSU shot 47 percent for the half and had 10 assists. The Golden Knights shot 39 percent and had six blocks. Rebounds were knotted at 20 apiece.
UCF’s Takira Allen, who was leading the team in scoring entering the game, was held scoreless in the first half and was looking to make up for it in the second half. She quickly scored the first four points to give UCF the lead again at 37-35. The Seminoles played much smarter basketball in the second half and didn’t even commit their first foul until the 14:07 mark. Thanks to a strong three-point play by Genesis Choice, the Seminoles scored 11 of the game’s next 13 points, including seven straight, and took their largest lead of seven points at 46-39 with 14:34 on the clock. The Golden Knights made a run of their own and scored four straight to get within three but that would be the closest they would get the rest of the game. The Seminoles really picked it up defensively and frustrated the UCF players which resulted in fouls. FSU scored the game’s next five points on free throws and led by eight at 51-43 with 10:44 left in the game. The Tribe led by at least six points the rest of the game. UCF’s Allen fouled out of the game with 8:19 left and FSU was in the double bonus by the 7:44 mark at which time LaQuinta Neely hit two more charity shots to give the Seminoles its first double-digit lead at 57-47. FSU led by double-digits the final 5:38 of the game with its largest lead reaching 17 points. Choice had a huge second half with 11 points while Allen added nine second half points.
For the second straight game, FSU shot 50 percent or better, going .500 in the game and edged UCF in rebounding 33-31. FSU had 16 assists and 13 steals and shot a season-high 76 percent from the free throw line.
The Seminoles will host the Florida Gators on Saturday, December 6 at 5 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.