Feb. 22, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Tasheika Allen scored a game-high 20 points
and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s
basketball team to its first-ever win at Virginia. After going winless vs.
Virginia in the first 20 tries, the Tribe has now won four vs. the Cavaliers
since the 2000-01 season. FSU improved to 14-12 overall and 7-8 in the ACC
while UVA fell to 12-14 overall and 5-9 in league play.
The Seminoles led for all but 51 seconds in the final 24:39 of the game,
including by as many as seven points three times in the second half, but the
win wasn’t sealed until the final buzzer. FSU led by four at 69-65 with 35
seconds left in the game but UVA’s Anna Prillaman hit a three-pointer 10
seconds later to pull the Cavs to within one point and they fouled
immediately. Holly Johnson hit two critical free throws to put FSU back up
three and then with 16.8 seconds left in the game, Prillaman hit what seemed
to be an impossible three-pointer to tie the game. Then the unthinkable
happened. Before the Cavaliers could call a timeout, UVA’s Jocelyn
Logan-Friend ran from the bench onto the court in celebration and was
charged with a technical foul. Allen hit one of two free throws and then
Gladden was fouled on the inbounds and she hit on of two to give FSU a 73-71
lead with 16 seconds left. UVA’s LaTonya Blue missed a desperation
three-pointer with three seconds left.
“I am just really proud of my team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said.
“Florida State’s never won at Virginia. It’s a tough place to play,
obviously, when it comes down to that. Anna (Prillaman) hit a couple of
threes that were unbelievable at the end of the game. I am just proud of
our fortitude, proud of our persistence. Virginia did a great job of
rebounding the ball and I have to say the same thing about them. They had
great fortitude and persistence down the stretch.”
Freshman Shante Williams was amazing in the second half, scoring 16 of her
18 points, and dishing out five of her seven assists. Junior Linnea
Liljestrand was also instrumental in the victory. She came off of the bench
to score 11 points, including 3-for-3 from three-point range, in 10 minutes
Led by Allen’s 12 points, the Seminoles led 31-28 at half time. Neither
team led by more than three points until the Tribe went up 30-24 with 2:32
left in the half. FSU trailed 24-23 and ran off seven unanswered, including
a big three-pointer from Linnea Liljestrand. With just seconds left, Holly
Johnson missed the second free throw of a two-shot foul and Allen got the
rebound. Despite a great deal of contact on the put back, she was called
for a foul on the rebound. The Cavaliers hit two free throws with one
second on the clock to pull within three at the break. FSU shot 42 percent
for the half and rebounds were knotted at 19 apiece. UVA shot 36 percent
and was led by Brandi Teamer’s nine points.
The Seminoles shot 49 percent for the game after a 58 percent outing in the
second half. UVA shot 42 percent for the game and was led by Prillaman’s 14
points. The Cavs outrebounded FSU 37-31.
FSU will host North Carolina in the final regular-season game of the year on
Thursday, February 26th. It will be Senior Night. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.