Jan. 5, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sparked by freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan’s game-high 16 points and junior Lauren Bradley’s 15 points, both off of the bench, the Florida State women’s basketball team improved to 9-3 on the season with a 77-47 win over UCF Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. With the loss, the Golden Knights fell to 4-7 on the year.
“I was real pleased with our overall effort,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Defensively, we had some goals and I thought we did a good job holding UCF to under 40 percent shooting from the floor. Offensively, in the first half, we weren’t shooting the ball well, but you’ll have nights like that. We came out and shot the ball much better in the second half and got double-figure scoring from four people and got the ball to the posts a lot more which was an emphasis for us the second half.”
Tasheika Morris got off to a hot start, scoring Florida State’s first eight points, but the Seminoles did not. The first nine minutes saw four lead changes and FSU’s biggest lead was just three points at 10-7. UCF came back to go up 11-10 at the 10:43 mark and then Florida State went to work. The Tribe ran off nine straight to go up eight and controlled the rest of the half. The Golden Knights pulled to within five at 21-16, but led by Bradley’s three-point play, FSU went on to score the game’s next nine points and took its largest lead of 14 points. UCF scored the final five points of the half, including a three-pointer with two seconds left, to cut the Florida State lead to nine at 30-21. Morris led all scorers with 10 points at the break while Bradley added eight in eight minutes of play off of the bench. UCF had a 19-18 rebounding edge and shot 41 percent. FSU shot just 32 percent but committed just three turnovers while forcing 12 on the other end of the floor.
The second half was all Florida State. The Seminoles went up by double digits at 37-26 with just over 15 minutes to play and never looked back. UCF pulled to within 10 points at 48-38 with 9:33 remaining in the game and then the Tribe blew open the game with 16 unanswered points in a five-minute stretch. Senior Trinetta Moore had six of those points and the Seminoles had a commanding 26-point lead. Florida State led by at least 23 points in the final six minutes of the game on its way to a 30-point victory.
Morris and Moore also tallied double figures for FSU with 13 and 12 points, respectively while senior Katelyn Vujas had a career-high seven assists as FSU had a season-high 20 for the game. Four Seminoles had at least five rebounds with Bradley, who played just 15 minutes, leading the way with six boards. FSU finished the game with a 39-32 rebounding advantage. The Seminoles also took care of the ball, committing just 10 turnovers while the FSU defense forced 28 UCF mishaps. FSU shot 41 percent for the game and held the Golden Knights to 39 percent shooting from the field.
Florida State will return to ACC play when the Seminoles host NC State (6-7, 1-1) on Wednesday, January 8 at 7 p.m.