Jan. 8, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Tasheika Morris scored 15 points and senior Trinetta Moore added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 64-55 win over NC State Wednesday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. With the victory, FSU’s third straight, the Seminoles improved to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the ACC while the Wolpack fell to 6-8 and 1-2 in league play.
“Obviously, I’m very pleased to come away with the win,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought our defense really stepped up and our double team caused a lot of trouble for their players which caused them (NC State) to turn the ball over and they never found an answer for that. Our players did a great job of rotating out of that and did a great job of rebounding in the second half and went to the boards hard.”
After being down as many as 10 in the first half, the Seminoles had a 33-32 lead at halftime. FSU scored the game’s first basket but then trailed until 13 seconds left in the half. The turnaround happened at the 6:25 mark. Down 10, Florida State’s Tasheika Morris hit two free throws that began a 15-4 Seminole run. Five different Seminoles scored in the spurt. Morris led all scorers with nine points in the first half while three different players had three rebounds. NC State was led by Amelia Labador’s eight points while Kaayla Chones and had 12 rebounds. NC State had a 19-15 rebounding advantage and outshot FSU 47 to 43 percent.
Seminole senior Trinetta Moore scored the first six points of the second half to increase FSU’s lead to 39-32 and FSU led until the 11:10 mark. Florida State was leading 47-44 when the Wolfpack went on a 5-0 run to regain the lead, but the Seminoles responded. Morris hit a free throw to pull FSU within one at 49-48 with 8:38 left in the game and the Tribe scored the next five straight to go up 53-49 and never trailed again. Florida State led by just two at 55-53 with just over five minutes to play and held the Wolfpack to just two points the rest of the game and while the Seminoles hit seven free throws down the stretch. NC State had six turnovers and committed seven turnovers in the final five minutes of action.
FSU shot 41 percent for the game, finished with a 39-34 rebounding advantage and added 13 steals and 10 assists. NC State shot 42 percent for the game but was plagued by 24 turnovers and shot just three free throws for the contest. The Wolfpack was led by Chones who had 14 points and 19 rebounds.
The Seminoles will host 10th-ranked North Carolina (12-1, 2-0) on Sunday, January 12th at 2 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. NC State will host Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m.