Nov. 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE — Junior Tasheika Morris scored a career-high 26 points, including 12 points in the final 4:35 of the game, to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 72-65 win over Athletes In Action in exhibition action Tuesday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
“Obviously, Tasheika shot the ball well,” head coach Sue Semrau said, “but even more importantly, she played great defense. To hold their leading scorer, who is a tremendous player, to just four field goals was a different defensive Tasheika Morris.”
The Seminoles jumped to a quick 14-2 lead to open the game behind solid rebounding and hot shooting from all over the floor, including two three-pointers. Florida State was led by senior Trinetta Moore’s nine points and five rebounds, but the Tribe had balanced scoring with four players recording six or more points in the first 20 minutes. FSU shot 52 percent in the first half, including 4-for-9 from beyond the three-point line, and outrebounded Athletes In Action 21-17. The Seminole defense held AIA to just 30 percent shooting from the field and forced nine turnovers. FSU’s led by as many as 16 with 2:17 left in the first half, but AIA rallied for seven unanswered points to close the half and pulled to within nine at 38-29.
The Seminoles had to battle from behind in the second half. FSU led by 11 at 44-33 in the opening minutes, but Athletes In Action got hot from the field and went on a 10-2 run to pull within two on free throws with 12:21 to play. Morris committed her fourth foul on the play and had to sit. The Seminoles went up again by seven, only to have AIA run off nine straight points and take its first lead at 53-51. The final 10 minutes of the game saw four ties, but it was Morris who returned to the game and sparked the come back. FSU trailed by five at 60-55 with 5:04 left in the game when Morris went to work. She scored the game’s next eight points, including two three-pointers, as the Tribe scored 12 unanswered points to regain control of the game. Athletes in Action managed just five points in the final five minutes of the game.
“I was pleased with the start of the game,” Semrau said. “I felt like we had good focus and good intensity. Probably the fatigue of playing the first game and all of the jitters that go along with it played a role in the second half. I was proud of the way at the 10-minute mark that we came back and took the lead and held it. I think that was significant.”
Three Seminoles joined Morris in the double-figure department. Moore finished the game with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds while fellow senior Katelyn Vujas added a strong 10 points and seven boards. Freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan added 10 points off of the bench. Freshman Holly Johnson got the start at the point and played 37 minutes for the Seminoles and recorded five assists.
“Our post game was very good tonight,” Semrau said. “And I thought Holly did a tremendous job. Gosh, for her first college game and throwing her in for 37 minutes, she played through a very good game.”
As a team, FSU shot 47 percent from the field, hit seven three-pointers, outrebounded AIA, 38-33, but committed 25 turnovers. Athletes In Action was led by Katie Voigt’s and Marica Maddox’s 14 points apiece. They shot 33 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers.
The Seminoles will play their final exhibition game on Sunday, November 17th at 1 p.m. vs. the Premier Players.