Feb. 16, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminoles started with six quick points and led the entire 40 minutes on their way to a 67-54 win over Wake Forest Monday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU enjoyed a balanced offensive attack and was led by freshman Alicia Gladden’s 13 points as four Seminoles scored in double figures. With the win, FSU improved to 13-11 overall and 6-7 in the ACC while Wake Forest fell to 10-14 overall and 3-10 in league action.
“Well, that was a good win for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we were really balanced and answered every run that Wake tried to make. I thought we did a much better job on the boards. Alicia (Gladden) had a great game for us on both ends of the floor. They tried to take Shante (Williams) away, but she still did other things to really help us. Our post game was much better and we did a much better job of getting the ball inside.”
Florida State committed a season-low nine turnovers, outrebounded Wake Forest 40-33 and shot 41 percent from the field. Tasheika Allen and Trinetta Moore scored 12 points apiece while Lauren Bradley added 10. Freshman Shante Williams led the way with seven assists and a career-high 12 rebounds.
The Seminoles headed into the second half with a 31-24 lead and scored the first eight points to take their largest lead at 15 points with 18:05 remaining in the game. Florida State had a double-digit advantage, including its largest lead of 17 points, until eight minutes left in the half. The Tribe led 54-37 with just over 10 minutes remaining when Wake Forest made a run. The Deacs went on an 11-0 run, scoring from all over the floor, and pulled to within six points at 54-48 with seven minutes to play. But the Seminoles did not panic and the seniors helped FSU maintain control. Lauren Bradley, Trinetta Moore and Tasheika Allen combined for FSU’s next eight points and FSU was back up 12. Wake made one last effort but could get no closer than eight and Florida State finished the game with five straight points.
After a quick start in the opening minutes of the game, the Seminoles had a 10-point lead at 13-3 by the 16:22 mark. Four different players scored in the run. Wake Forest responded with a 7-0 rally to pull within three but that would be the closest the Demon Deacons would get the entire half. Behind eight first half points from Moore and six from Gladden, the Tribe led by at least four points the final 12:28 of the half. Melissa Washington led Wake with seven points in the first half. The Deacs pulled to within four at 21-17 at the 6:07 mark but FSU’s Ronalda Pierce hit back-to-back lay ups and Ganiyat Adeduntan scored two of her five first half points to put FSU back up nine. Wake made one more run to pull within four but trailed 31-24 at the half. FSU had just four turnovers and had a 20-16 rebounding advantage.
Wake Forest shot 36 percent for the game as was led by Liz Strunk’s 17 points and six rebounds.
Florida State will travel to Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, February 19th for a 7 p.m. meeting with 15-11 NC State, winners of five straight and 7-6 in ACC play.