Feb. 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Lyndra Littles scored 17 of her 24 points in the second half and No. 21 Virginia rallied to upset No. 11 Florida State 68-63 on Tuesday night.
Littles scored six points over the final 2:19, capped by a pair of free throws with 21.3 seconds remaining as the Cavaliers (22-7, 8-5) knocked the Seminoles out of sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida State (23-6, 11-2), which led by as many as 11, didn’t trail until Virginia guard Britnee Miller drove the baseline for a layup and a 57-56 lead with 3:26 remaining. The teams traded the lead on the next five possessions before Littles scored off a lob pass to put the Cavaliers in front to stay, 61-60.
Monica Wright scored 17 points and Aisha Mohammed added 15 for the Cavaliers.
Head coach Sue Semrau:
On the loss – “I just didn’t think that we were the tougher team tonight. We came out with a lot of energy in the first half but we had to sustain it for the last 20 minutes. We certainly didn’t do that and they outrebounded us and that was the difference in the ballgame”
On what the team needs to improve on before the game against Wake Forest – “I don’t feel like we have had good practices the last couple of weeks. We will work on making sure that we are locked in mentally and physically.”
Senior guard Mara Freshour:
On bouncing back from the loss – “We just need to use the rest of this week to rest up and prepare our minds and bodies in time to face a Wake Forest team that is very good. Then right around the corner is the ACC Tournament.”
NEW SCHOOL RECORD FOR ATTENDANCE
Despite coming away with a loss, the Florida State women’s basketball team set a new standard for attendance in the final home game of the season against Virginia. Breaking the previous school record for attendance of 6,309 fans that attended the win over North Carolina just a short time ago, 6,419 Seminoles packed the Donald L. Tucker Center on Senior Night 2009.
WARD TIES CAREER HIGH FOR POINTS
Courtney Ward scored 18 points against Virginia Tuesday night, tying the career-high 18 she scored against the Cavaliers earlier this season.
HARVIN ALSO POSTS A CAREER HIGH
Junior forward Alysha Harvin was all over the place in the game against Virginia. The Dania, Fla. finished the game with a new career high in steals with six. Her previous career-best for steals were the five takeaways she garnered in a win over Alabama State over two years ago.
MAKE THAT THREE WITH A CAREER HIGH
True freshman center Cierra Bravard also made her presence felt on the defensive end as she posted a career-high four blocks against Virginia. Her previous high was the three swats she had against Virginia Tech on Jan. 8.
MONROE GETTING CLOSER TO ANOTHER RECORD
Jacinta Monroe has already become the all-time blocks leader in program history and now she is closing in on another mark. With her four blocks against the Cavaliers, Monroe is now just six shy of tying former Seminole Brooke Wycoff’s school record for blocks in a season with 80.
NOT HERSELF ON THE OFFENSIVE END
Despite swatting shots left and right against Virginia, Jacinta Monroe struggled on the offensive end as she was just 3-for-8 from the field for six points. Tuesday’s offensive output marked just the seventh time all season that FSU’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker was held to single digits in the scoring column.
OUTREBOUNDED FOR EIGHTH TIME
By outrebounding FSU 45-31, Virginia became just the eighth team all season to earn more boards than the Seminoles. FSU is now 4-4 in games in which it is outrebounded.
FRESHOUR MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND
By suiting up and playing for the Seminoles Tuesday night, senior guard Mara Freshour moved into a tie for second-place all-time with Alicia Gladden for most games played in an FSU career. Freshour has played 126 career games and Glenda Stokes’ all-time record is 130 contests in a Florida State uniform.
WIN OVER WAKE FOREST WOULD MAKE HISTORY
Despite falling to Virginia, FSU can still achieve at least a tie for the regular-season ACC crown by beating Wake Forest on March 1. There is still a chance that FSU could claim the regular-season league title outright, but Maryland must lose for that to have a chance to happen. Neither of these scenarios has ever occurred in program history.