Jan. 23, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite 18 points and nine rebounds from Tasheika
Morris, the Florida State women’s basketball team lost a heart-breaker,
66-62, to Virginia Wednesday night at University Hall. With the loss, FSU’s
record went to 11-8 overall and 2-6 in the ACC while Virginia improved to
11-8 overall and 4-4 in league action.
“We just didn’t shoot the ball well again,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said.
“We hit our free throws, which was nice, but we just weren’t able to knock
down the shots. It’s frustrating, because I think we are so talented. I
know we have a lot of hope in who we are and we’ve been able to stay
relatively healthy which has been a bonus and we learn something new every
The Seminoles went 12-for-12 from the free throw line in the first half and
led by Morris’ nine points, trailed 38-33 at the half. FSU led just twice
in the first 20 minutes, scoring the first bucket of the game and again at
12-10 at the 14:24 mark. The Cavaliers built a 10-point lead with 5:49
remaining, but the Seminoles fought their way back beginning with a 7-0 run
to pull within three at the 4:12 mark. FSU would outscore UVA 13-8 in the
final five minutes of the half and pulled to within one at 34-33, but
Virginia’s Brandi Teamer scored four of her 14 points in the final minute of
the half to give the Cavs the five-point advantage. FSU shot 36 percent
from the field and was just 1-for-4 from the three-point line. UVA shot 47
percent for the half and didn’t hit a three but had a 19-16 rebounding edge.
Morris hit a long three at the 15:47 mark of the second half to give FSU a
42-41 lead – it’s first lead since the 14-minute mark of the first half.
What followed over the next seven minutes were five ties and two lead
changes. With the score tied at 53-53, Virginia went on a 9-1 run to take a
62-54 lead with 6:29 left in the game and the Cavs could have run away with
the game. The Seminoles, however, wouldn’t have it and continued to fight
and pulled to within two at 64-62 at the 1:16 mark. The Tribe had a chance
for the win with 8.2 seconds left. Following their last timeout, the
Seminoles’ April Traylor could not get the ball inbounds and a five-second
call turned the ball back to Virginia. FSU was forced to foul and UVA’s
Anna Prillaman made both free throws for the four-point advantage. The
Seminoles had one more shot attempt but to no avail.
FSU shot 33 percent for the game, but was a season-high 83 percent from the
free throw line and outrebounded Virginia, 41-36. Traylor joined Morris
with double digit points with 10. The Seminoles also got a lift from Lauren
Bradley and LaQuinta Neely who contributed nine and eight points,
respectively, off the bench. UVA was led by Teamer who had 26 points and 12
rebounds as the Cavaliers shot 40 percent for the game.
FSU will host league-leading Duke on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.