Dec. 6, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite a game-high 20 points from Tasheika Allen, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 74-60 to the Florida Gators Saturday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. UF improved to 4-1 while the Seminoles fell to 4-2.
“Obviously, we’re pretty disappointed,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I was disappointed with our effort on the defensive end of the floor. I thought we fouled far too often. Obviously putting them on the line 31 times didn’t help our cause any. We didn’t knock down shots. We had great looks in the first half and we didn’t convert and it came back to bite us in the second half. We just couldn’t knock down the shots that we needed to knock down.”
Florida State scored first on an Allen three-pointer and led by three points three times in the first four minutes of the game. Florida took its first lead of the game on a trey by Bernice Mosby making the score 10-8 at the 14:54 mark. The bucket started a Florida 7-0 run and the Gators led the rest of the half. The Seminoles fell behind by as many as 14 points at 32-18 with 5:12 left in the half but then the Tribe went to work. FSU ran off nine unanswered points to pull within five. Allen scored five of those points. Her fourth three-pointer of the half pulled the Seminoles to within two with 1:41 remaining but FSU trailed three at 35-32. Allen had 18 first half points while Genesis Choice led all players with eight rebounds. Florida had four players score seven or more points with Vanessa Hayden leading the way with nine points. Both teams shot poorly from the field with Florida at 38 percent and Florida State 34 percent. The Seminoles had a 30-23 advantage in rebounding, but struggled from the free throw line, going just 2-for-9 for 22 percent.
Florida State pulled to within a point when the Seminoles scored first in the second half but then just could not get anything going offensively and managed only eight points in the first nine minutes. The Gators scored 23 points during that stretch and had a 20-point lead by the 10-minute mark.
“We just didn’t refocus,” Allen said. “We had a chance to come back and put it away but our defense wasn’t there and I will take responsibility. It really hurt us.”
Allen, who was dominant in the first half, didn’t score until the 9:32 mark and scored just two points in the second half. FSU freshmen Shante Williams, Ronalda Pierce and Alicia Gladden played the last seven minutes of the game and pulled the Seminoles to within 13 points in the final three minutes of the game but Florida State could get no closer. Florida maintained its balanced scoring and finished the game with three players in double figures led by Hayden’s 18 points and 12 rebounds.
“The thing I love about them (the freshmen) is that they just cut loose,” Semrau said. “Ronalda (Pierce) had a tough night shooting-wise, but 10 rebounds including five offensive boards. Alicia Gladden came in and just cut loose. We are just going to have to go with players who will do that and make a lot of mistakes along the way. I wish the experienced players will step up and cut loose like that and maybe they will when they see the younger kids doing that.”
FSU finished the game with a 52-49 edge in rebounding. Choice tied her career-high with a team-leading 11 rebounds while Pierce had a personal-best 10 boards.