March 17, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Florida State took care of one tradition-rich program and will have an even bigger task ahead in the next round.
Britany Miller scored 20 points and the Seminoles shot 58 percent to beat Old Dominion 85-75 in a physical first-round game of the Fresno Regional on Saturday.
Tenth-seeded Florida State (23-9), making a third straight tournament trip for the first time in school history and seventh appearance overall, waited as second-seeded Stanford beat Big Sky champion Idaho State 96-58 in the second game to set up a rematch of last year’s second-round matchup won 88-70 by the Pac-10 champion Cardinal.
Tanae Davis-Cain and Alicia Gladden each scored 11 points in the first 13 minutes, with Davis-Cain knocking down three 3-pointers during that span and Gladden making all five of her first-half shots. Davis-Cain finished with 24 points, Gladden added 18 points, six assists and two steals and Mara Freshour had 12 points and six assists. Florida State converted 11 of 12 free throws over the final 3:10.
Tiffany Green had 17 points and seven rebounds as seventh-seeded Old Dominion (24-9) had its 12-game winning streak snapped and lost in the first round for the fifth straight March since advancing to the regional finals in 2002. The Lady Monarchs lost for only the second time since a 75-59 loss to Tennessee on Dec. 22. Shahida Williams added 16 points and six rebounds.
Miller shot 10-for-13, scored six straight during one stretch, pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots for the Seminoles, who didn’t allow Old Dominion to get closer than four points down the stretch. Sherida Triggs converted two free throws with 5:21 to play to pull Old Dominion within 69-65, but the Lady Monarchs missed two shots beneath the basket the next time down.
Old Dominion used a 13-4 run over the final 4:33 of the first half, getting five points from Williams, to pull within 40-39 at the break in a matchup that allowed both teams to showcase their strong defenses and make open shots tough to come by.
The Lady Monarchs, the school from Norfolk, Va., that won the Colonial Athletic Association title to reach their 16th straight NCAA tournament and 24th overall, shot 1-for-13 from 3-point range and made too many mistakes in crunch time such as silly turnovers and missed free throws.
They had faced two of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds this season in Duke and Tennessee – losing both handily – but were challenged every possession by Florida State’s pressure.
The Seminoles, with their scrappy starting lineup featuring just one senior, three sophomores and a freshman, hit five of their first seven 3-point tries and pounded the glass to create multiple chances on offense.
Florida State, which posted a third straight 20-win season for the first time in school history, hit 13 of its first 20 field-goal tries and forced six turnovers in the first 10 minutes.