Dec. 17, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida State freshman Mara Freshour got to the free throw line for the first time this season and it was her first free throw that put the Seminoles (7-2) ahead and they never trailed again in their 76-63 win over Florida Atlantic (3-5) Saturday night at FAU Gymnasium. Freshour, who was the only player in double figures in the first half with 10 points and finished the game with 12, had a three-point play the old fashioned way at the 8:36 mark of the first half to give FSU a 16-14 advantage. FAU would force two ties but would never regain the lead.
“I got a little yelled at by the coaches to be a little more aggressive and I just knew that’s what I needed to do to contribute to this team, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing anything for us,” Freshour said. “So they wanted me to be a little more aggressive and I got myself in gear. I just try to go out there and do my part when I’m on the floor and do my cheering when I’m on the bench and as a player, that’s really all you can do is just go out and go hard.”
Senior Ganiyat Adeduntan led all scorers with 18 points as the Seminoles spread their offense. All eight Seminoles who saw action, scored in the game, including five in double figures. Britany Miller had her second career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while Alicia Gladden and Holly Johnson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
For the second straight game, Florida State struggled from the field with 36 percent shooting but the Seminoles dominated the boards 54-37 and went inside to Miller late in the game to pull away. Miller scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half, eight of which were in the game’s final six minutes. The Tribe built it first double-digit lead at 52-42 with 9:29 left in the contest and had its largest advantage at 14 points twice in the game’s final 52 seconds.. FSU scored its final 14 points from the free throw line, where they shot a season-high 80 percent. Freshour was 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
“I thought we rebounded the ball extremely well which was one of our points of emphasis and with 22 offensive boards, I thought people went really hard to the boards,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I was also pleased with what we did at the free throw line and being on the line 35 times was very good tonight.”
FAU’s biggest lead of the game was three points twice in the game’s first 10 minutes but the Owls kept it close in the first half. FSU’s biggest lead of the first half was six points and the Seminoles went into the locker room up just four at halftime at 33-29.
The Lady Owls’ Shontavia Williams led the way for FAU with 17 points and eight rebounds.
FSU will head to Cincinnati, Ohio December 21st for a 7 p.m. contest with the Xavier Musketeers.