Feb. 5, 2009
BOSTON (AP)–Mara Freshour scored 22 points, Tanae Davis-Cain had 11 and No. 15 Florida State rebounded from a last-second loss earlier this week by beating Boston College 64-53 Thursday night.
The Seminoles (19-5, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), off to their best start ever in conference play, posted their 10th win in 11 games.
Stefanie Murphy led cold-shooting BC (17-6, 5-3) with 16 points. The Eagles shot just 31 percent, hitting only five of 20 3-pointer.
BC scoring leader Mickel Picco, who entered averaging 17.4 per game, was held to seven points on 3-for-15 shooting, including 1-for-10 on 3-pointers.
The Eagles had cut Florida State’s eight-point lead to 48-47 before the Seminoles took control with a 9-1 run that was capped by Freshour’s 3-pointer with three minutes to play.
Florida State scored 11 straight points midway into the second half, turning a three-point deficit into a 46-38 edge on Alysha Harvin’s fastbreak layup with 9:30 to play. Christian Hunnicutt hit a 3-pointer in the run.
The Seminoles held BC scoreless for 7:10.
Eagles rebounding leader Carolyn Swords was cut over her right eye and went to the locker room with 8:17 left. She didn’t return, finishing with six points and 11 rebounds.
BC responded by scoring seven consecutive points, cutting its deficit to 48-47 on Picco’s two free throws with 6:52 to play.
Florida State, which has reached its highest ranking ever in the AP Top 25, was coming off a heartbreaking, last-second loss against Maryland on Monday. That loss–capped by Kristi Tolliver’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer–snapped the Seminoles’ nine-game winning streak.
FSU, picked fifth in the ACC preseason poll, already has more wins than last season and is one of conference’s surprises at the top of the league’s standings, battling with perennial powers Duke and Maryland.
FSU Player and Coach Quotes:
Seminoles head coach Sue Semrau:
On rebounding troubles in the first half:
“We didn’t rebound well at all in the first half. To give up so many offensive rebounds in the first half, it isn’t about going out and doing a drill to improve that. We have been rebounding well all year and that was our charge to them at halftime to go out in the second half and keep them off the boards.”
On the play of the bench:
“I thought both Cayla Moore and Christian Hunnicutt having not played a bunch of minutes as of late really took advantage of this opportunity to get on the floor. Not only did they spell people but they really made things happen.”
Senior guard Mara Freshour:
On reaching 1,000 career points:
“The coaches just told me about it at the end of the game. It was real subtle, which is totally fine with me.”
FRESHOUR GETS TO 1,000
By scoring 22 points against Boston College, senior guard Mara Freshour became the 23rd player in FSU history to reach 1,000 career points. Freshour now has 1,008 points in her stellar collegiate career.
NEW STARTING LINEUP
Florida State head coach Sue Semrau utilized a new – albeit familiar – lineup against Boston College. For the first time in nine games, junior forward Alysha Harvin was replaced in the starting five by Cierra Bravard while all the other starters remained the same. The starting unit of Bravard, Jacinta Monroe, Tanae Davis-Cain, Mara Freshour and Courtney Ward is the same group that started the first four games of the season for the Seminoles. This lineup is now 4-1 overall.
DEFENSE LIMITS EAGLES TOP SCORER
Mikkel Picco was averaging 17.4 ppg entering the game against FSU but the Seminoles’ defense kept her in check all night long. Picco finished the game with just seven points on 2-for-15 shooting.
HUNNICUTT GETS THE CALL
Backup guard Christian Hunnicutt played 13 minutes against the Eagles and scored five points. Included in that is one 3-pointer, which was just her second of the season.
BENCH GETS THE JOB DONE
The Seminoles used a strong bench performance to help key the victory Thursday night. FSU’s bench outscored Boston College’s 17-7.