Nov. 10, 2003
TALLAHASEE – Led by senior Tasheika Allen’s game-high 19 points in 19 minutes, all 13 Seminoles scored as Florida State ran away with an 89-43 win over Zala Volan, a Team Concept squad, in exhibition action Monday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
“We still have a lot of kinks to work out,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “but we have a lot of depth to do that with. I like the way we came out in the second half defensively. I think we held them to about six points in the first 10 minutes and that was the difference. In the second half, it was our defensive intensity and the ball pressure that we applied and once we started to take better care of the ball in the half court, that translated into some easy buckets for us.”
Florida State fell behind 12-4 early, but senior Angela Sutton’s solid defense turned the game around quickly for the Seminoles. After Allen hit two free throws to pull FSU within six, Sutton’s defense forced a Team Concept turnover and she raced down the floor and pulled up a for a jumper that seemed to jump start the Seminoles. On the next three plays, Sutton recorded three steals that resulted in points for FSU. Sutton stole the ball and went in for a lay up. Another Sutton steal ended up in the hands of Allen who got the easy lay up and the third steal resulted in a Holly Johnson jumper. The Seminoles’ 10 straight points put FSU up 14-12 at the 9:17 mark. Team Concept’s Anita Heller, who led the team with 13 points for the game, hit a three-pointer to give her squad a 15-14 lead, but that would be its last advantage. Led by freshman Alicia Gladden’s seven points, Florida State went on a 15-2 run over the game’s next four minutes and the Seminoles never looked back. Team Concept pulled to within eight points with 1:21 remaining in the first half, but FSU scored the final six points to take its largest lead at 41-27 at the break. The Tribe shot 52 percent in the first half and had a 21-12 rebounding advantage.
The second half was all FSU. The Seminoles shutout Team Concept for almost the first four minutes of the half. FSU scored 14 unanswered points during that stretch to go up by 26 points at 53-27. Team Concept managed just two points in the first 8:17 while FSU built a 35 point lead. The Seminoles led by at least 30 points the remainder of the game. Gladden, who played 14 minutes, had 13 points while senior Trinetta Moore had 10 points and led the way with nine rebounds. Senior Lauren Bradley played a team-high 23 minutes and contributed seven points, four rebounds and four steals. Freshman guard Shante Williams led the team with six assists and had five points, four rebounds and three steals. Junior Linnea Liljestrand sparked the team off of the bench with seven points in eight minutes.
As a team, Florida State shot 55 percent for the game and had 19 steals and 14 assists while doubling the rebounds with a 44-22 advantage. Twelve of the 13 Seminoles recorded double digit minutes, so Semrau got a chance to see a lot of things with her team.
“It wasn’t about combinations from the start,” Semrau said, “it was about intensity. We have enough players on our team that we should have five people out there who are playing with passion and intensity at all times and I didn’t think we had that so we started to sub very early just to make a point. In the second half, we got a big lead and we got a chance to led everybody get some game time.”
Florida State will open the regular season on Sunday, November 23 when the Seminoles host Savannah State at 1 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.