Dec. 2, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team deflated Mississippi State with suffocating defense and survived a shaky start offensively to rout the Bulldogs, 75-59, Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“I just really like this basketball team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Flanked by two freshmen who I think are doing a tremendous job for us in so many ways. I liked our effort on the defensive end and liked the way we rebounded the basketball and I really thought that was the difference in the game.”
The victory upped the Seminoles record to 5-1 overall while Mississippi State fell to 1-5.
Seminole freshman Britany Miller led the way with 12 points and six offensive boards. Freshman Tanae Davis-Cain also added 12 points, scoring all of them in the first half, and she pulled down five rebounds. Veterans Holly Johnson and Ganiyat Adeduntan contributed 11 points each. The Seminoles outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 48-35.
Florida State pressured the ball handlers on the perimeter, closed off the passing lanes and kept the post players at bay, all while holding the Bulldogs to 34.6 percent shooting. So effective was the defense that Mississippi State went the final 5:18 of the game without a field goal.
The Seminoles struggled beyond the arc, going 2-for-12, including 0-for-8 in the opening half. However, FSU outscored MSU 21-9 in second chance points to make up for the lack of long-range shooting.
A made free shot by the Bulldogs’ Lauren Roberts inched Mississippi with six points (22-16) at the 5:52 mark in the first half, but the Seminoles answered with an 11-6 run and went to the break with a 33-22 advantage.
Florida State held onto the double-digit lead in the second half until a lay up by MSU’s Miayorka Johnson at 11:14 put the Bulldogs within nine points at 50-41. However, that would be the closest Mississippi got as a Johnson lay up followed by a made free throw, completed an 11-4 run for FSU as the Seminoles went ahead, 61-45.
Heather Hollis paced Mississippi State with a game-high 13 points and five rebounds.
The Seminoles will host UCF on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be televised by Sun Sports.