Dec. 31, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State outscored Colgate 39-17 in the second half and senior Linnea Liljestrand recorded a career-high six 3-pointers–including a 5-for-5 performance in the second half–as the Seminoles upended the Raiders, 64-43, Friday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Today marked the Tribe’s ninth game in 19 days as FSU improved its record to 13-1 on the season. Colgate dropped to 3-9.
Liljestrand had 18 points, five assists, and five rebounds in a team-high 36 minutes of play. Senior Roneeka Hodges completed 8-of-14 shots for 17 points, and sophomore Alicia Gladden pitched in 11 points (4-6) and eight boards, respectively.
For the third straight game, FSU trailed at halftime, 26-25, and shot a low 33 percent after managing just 8-of-24 field goals. The Raiders held as much as an eight-point advantage with 6:44 remaining until the Tribe went on a 10-2 run and tied the game up at 23-all on a Holly Johnson trey. Colgate’s Emily Braseth managed to finish a jumper in the finals minutes of the first period that allowed the visitors to own the two-point lead at the break.
“We feel like we’ve learned to really battle and fight our fatigue,” said head coach Sue Semrau, who had just eight players suit up today because of injuries and illnesses. “That’s been the most important thing for us. The downside is we haven’t had any practice time…so our rebounding and fundamentals have suffered. Our girls were tired today but they battled through it and came out the second half with a lot of fight.”
The Seminoles opened the second period on a 24-7 run and they did it in several ways, scoring on drives, passes off penetration and perfect efficiency from beyond the arc. They led by as many as 21 and never less than one after taking the permanent lead, 30-29, with 16:24 left in the game. FSU shot a respectable 55 percent in the final period.
“I was tired in the first half,” said Liljestrand, “but I felt fine in the second half. Luckily, we have two days off before we get ready for conference play so it’s time to refocus and get ready. We feel good about ourselves. Regardless, we are still the underdogs and we have a lot to prove.”
The Tribe blocked 9 shots, forced 18 turnovers and held Colgate to 32 percent shooting in the game.
Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan pulled down 10 boards, and redshirt Nikki Anthony tallied a career-high eight rebounds, respectively. Johnson had seven points and five assists, while junior Hannah Linquist tallied a career-high three steals.
Florida State will open Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play on January 6 against Georgia Tech. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.