Jan. 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Tasheika Morris scored a game-high 20 points and senior Katelyn Vujas added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a solid 66-47 victory over Georgia Tech, Monday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles improved to 12-4 on the season, including a 4-1 ACC mark – the program’s best start in league play. The Yellow Jackets fell to 11-6 overall and 0-5 in the ACC.
“I was really proud of our defensive effort,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “Anytime we hold a conference school to under 30 percent shooting, we’ve done a great job on the defensive end of the floor.”
Morris scored 11 of Florida State’s first 13 points, including a three-point shot to get things started, and the Seminoles led the entire first half. FSU led by at least six points for the final 10 minutes of the half with its largest lead of 13 points, 32-19, occurring at the 1:04 mark. Georgia Tech scored the final four points of the half and trailed the Seminoles by nine at 32-23 at the break. The Seminoles, who were led by Morris’ 14 points, shot 38 percent from the field and committed just five turnovers. Georgia Tech had a 22-20 edge in rebounding but shot just 29 percent for the half.
Florida State came out to match its biggest lead of the first half and led 40-27 with 16:22 on the clock when the Yellow Jackets made a run. Georgia Tech scored seven unanswered points to pull within six with 12:52 left in the game, but the Seminoles continued to play solid basketball and went up by 10 twice over the game’s next four minutes. The Yellow Jackets made one last run, scoring five straight points to pull within five with 5:40 remaining, but the Seminoles wouldn’t have it and went on a 19-5 run in the game’s final five minutes for the 19-point victory. Morris scored the first four points of that spurt and the Seminoles went 7-for-10 from the charity stripe in the final three minutes of the game.
The Tribe shot 42 percent for the game and held Georgia Tech to 29 percent shooting from the field. Sonja Mallory led the Jackets with 16 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out of the game with 2:54 left in the game. Tech edged FSU 41-40 in rebounding.
“We’re obviously excited about a good start,” Semrau said. “We feel like we get better and better every game. Home games in the ACC are very critical. I just like the maturity of our team. I like that I don’t even have to worry about being satisfied being 4-1. We have a goal and we want to get to the NCAA Tournament no matter what it takes. And we have the maturity that is bringing the youth along and I think that’s a real gift.”
Florida State will host Virginia on Thursday, January 23rd at 7 p.m.