Jan. 2, 2006
Gainesville, Fla. – The story reads the same from the first time the two teams met. The visiting team has a double-digit lead with time remaining on the clock but the home team mounts a come from behind win. This time, FSU (9-4) was on the losing side, dropping a 72-62 contest to Florida (12-1).
Four Seminoles scored in double figures including senior Ganiyat Adeduntan who poured in 17. Classmate LaQuinta Neely put in a season-best 15 points, just two shy of her career mark of 17 which she scored against Wright State on November 29, 2002. Newcomer Britany Miller and junior Alicia Gladden contributed ten points to the team’s effort. Senior guard Holly Johnson and Miller led the team in rebounds with four apiece.
The Seminoles shot 41.7% for the game including 72.7% from the charity stripe. FSU countered that with 25 turnovers. Neely and Johnson nabbed four steals each to contribute to the team’s 14 overall.
During the first half, the Seminoles trademark was a balanced offensive effort paired with a defensive spirit that limited the home team to 25 points. FSU shot 41.2% from the floor led by Miller with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and three rebounds. The largest lead of the half was 11 with back to back lay-ups by Adeduntan and Miller. The Garnet and Gold controlled the floor heading into the locker room.
In the second half, Florida gained some steam and came out of the intermission showing what has helped them to a nine-game winning streak. Just when Florida picked up momentum from a Sha Brooks’ three-pointer, junior guard LaQuinta Neely nabbed two of her four steals on back-to-back possessions to keep the Gators at bay in the midst of a 9-4 drive to start the second half. Senior guard Ganiyat Adeduntan scored five of the team’s 11 points in the second half opening drive.
From there, Florida State went on an eight minute scoring drought, after a pair of made free throws by Adeduntan, allowing the home team to close the lead to two points with just under ten minutes remaining in the game. Two quick FSU fouls put Brooks on the line to tie the game. Senior Brittany Davis went to line to give Florida the lead since the opening minutes of the first half. Adeduntan revived FSU’s offense hitting a jumper from the corner to put FSU within two with 7:16 minutes remaining on the clock. From there the Seminoles fought for the lead but did not have enough to best the streaking Gator squad.
FSU continues its road swing with a game at Duke on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Durham, N.C.