Nov. 26, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Senior wing Roneeka Hodges and freshman post Christie Lautsch each scored a season-high 16 points while sophomore Alicia Gladden recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 70-53 win over Eastern Kentucky Friday night in the first round of the 2004 Seminole Classic at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles shot 51 percent for the game and outrebounded the Lady Colonels (2-2) 40-29 on the way to a 3-0 record. FSU will face Miami (Ohio) in the championship game of the Seminole Classic on Saturday at 8 p.m. Miami defeated Appalachian State 80-62 in the Classic’s first game. EKU and Appalachian State will square off at 6 p.m.
“It was a scrappy effort by Eastern Kentucky,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought they came out after losing a player to an ACL and worked extremely hard. We were relatively flat coming out. I expected the possibility of that after our win in Gainesville. I just thought Alicia Gladden was tremendous tonight with her first career double-double. I didn’t think she played down at all. I liked Christie (Lautsch) off of the bench a lot. She was a really good finisher for us and Hannah (Linquist) set some good screens, but we didn’t make great decisions with the basketball. We were out of sync. I thought their halfcourt trap was something that slowed us down and made us complacent. That’s something we really need to work and having even more of an attack-mentality on the offensive end.”
The Seminoles went into the locker room with a 35-21 halftime lead and Gladden came out firing in the second half with a three-point play to put the Tribe up by its largest lead of the game at 17. EKU fought back. The Lady Colonels ran off nine straight points by four different players to pull within eight at 38-30 with 16:08 left in the game but Hodges and Gladden hit back-to-back shots to put FSU back up 12. EKU again answered to pull within eight points but Nikki Anthony and Lautsch scored on a layups while Holly Johnson hit a three-pointer in between to put the Tribe up 15 and FSU never looked back. The Seminoles led by double digits the final 12:42 of the game. Lautsch had a big second half with 10 points after scoring six points in the five minutes of play in the first half.
All 10 Seminoles played at least seven minutes and nine players scored. Gladden added five assists and four steals to her double-double while junior LaQuinta Neely tied her career-high with eight assists and also added five rebounds. Senior Linnea Liljestrand continued her hot hand with nine points and five rebounds.
In the first half, Hodges got her rhythm going right away, scoring nine of FSU’s first 14 points. The Tribe had its first double-digit lead at 19-9 by the 9:17 mark. The Lady Colonels came to within five at 21-16 with a 5-0 run but the Seminoles outscored EKU 14-5 the rest of the half for a 14-point advantage. Lautsch scored six of FSU’s last 14 points of the half.
Guard Ashley Cazee paced EKU with 14 points.