March 20, 2005
By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
STORRS, Conn. (AP) – A 15-day layoff didn’t hurt Florida State in the first
round of the NCAA tournament.
Ganiyat Adeduntan had 19 points to lead five starters in double figures and
the Seminoles hit nine 3-pointers and shot 56 percent from the field in an
87-54 win over Richmond on Sunday.
Sixth-seeded Florida State (24-7) advanced to a Tuesday game with host and
three-time defending national champion Connecticut, who beat Dartmouth 95-47
Connecticut (24-7) has beaten Florida State in each of the last two seasons,
including 81-53 here last year.
However, those wins were with Diana Taurasi in the lineup, and this group of
Seminoles has enough athleticism and talent to cause problems for the defending
Richmond (23-8) wasn’t much of a challenge for Florida State, especially
with leading scorer Kate Flavin limited by an injury to her right knee. The
senior was scoreless in 8 minutes in her first action since being injured
against Dayton on Feb. 27. She did not attempt a shot and she did not play in
the second half.
Saona Chapman had 12 points to lead Richmond, which was making its third
NCAA tournament appearance, and its first since 1991. The Spiders have yet to
win a game in the tournament. The 87 points were the most they allowed this
Florida State, which had not played since losing in the quarterfinals of the
ACC tournament on March 5, was on from the start. The Seminoles hit nine of
their first 13 shots, including 5-of-7 3-pointers in jumping to a 25-5 lead.
After Chapman hit a jumper to give Richmond a 5-4 lead, the Seminoles scored
the next 21 points. Hodges ignited the run with a 3-pointer and before the run
was over, Johnson hit two more and Liljestand made another. LaQuinta Neely
capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play.
Florida State was 9-for-14 from 3-point range and shot 56.3 percent from
Kelly Roche added 11 points and Araceli Gil had 10 for Richmond, which beat
Florida State 84-77 in the WNIT last year.