Dec. 21, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Led by Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 14 points, five Seminoles scored in double figures but Florida State (7-3) fell 75-68 at Xavier (8-2) Wednesday night in a hard-fought game at the Cintas Center.
“I loved the effort of our basketball team tonight,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Xavier is very similar to what we were last year. They play a five-guard line up. I thought Britany Miller did a nice job on the offensive end but it was very difficult for her to defend on the defensive end.”
Alicia Gladden scored 13 points while freshmen Britany Miller and Tanae Davis-Cain added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Senior Holly Johnson played a team-high 37 minutes and scored 10 points and recorded six assists.
Back-to-back three-pointers helped Xavier open the second half with an 8-0 run and the Musketeers had the largest lead of the game at 36-27 with 18 points remaining but the Seminoles didn’t panic. Led by Adeduntan and Davis-Cain, who sparked the team off of the bench, six different Seminoles scored to turn the nine-point deficit into a five point lead at 53-48 with just under eight minutes remaining. Adeduntan and Davis-Cain each scored eight points for the Seminoles in the Florida State run.
Xavier tied the game at 58-58 with 4:12 left in the game, marking the first of three ties in the game’s final minutes. The Musketeers’ Suntana Granderson hit an NBA three-pointer as the shot clock winded down to give Xavier a 65-62 advantage with 2:29 left and the lead for good. The final two minutes of the game did not go without some thrills. Xavier pulled ahead 69-64 with 1:24 remaining but Miller and Gladden hit back-to-back lay ups to pull the Seminoles within a point but FSU had to foul down the stretch and put the Musketeers at the line.
Seminole senior LaQuinta Neely played a season-high 34 minutes and had eight points, including 4-for-4 from the free throw line but the Tribe only got to the line 14 times (11-14) while Xavier made 21-27 foul shots for the game.
At the start of the game, Florida State twice jumped to early five-point leads at 7-2 and 9-4 but Xavier clawed back each time. No more than three points separated the two teams for the final 11:24 of the half and the Musketeers held a 28-27 advantage at halftime. Miller paced the Seminoles in the first 20 minutes with eight points and four rebounds but on the defensive end, had a hard time containing Tara Boothe who had 10 points and five rebounds in the first half on her way to a game-high 22 points on the night.
FSU was limited to seven offensive rebounds and got outrebounded 34-26 but the Tribe hit seven three-pointers with Davis-Cain leading the way with three treys.
The Seminoles will break for the holidays and reconvene in New York where they will play Fordham on December 28th at 7 p.m.