Dec. 18, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With a 71-51 victory over Jacksonville Wednesday night at Swisher Gymnasium, the Florida State women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game, and third straight road contest, and improved to 7-1 overall. JU fell to 2-5 on the season. Three Seminoles scored in double figures with sophomore Genesis Choice leading all scorers with 15 points and six rebounds off of the bench.
“We scheduled games that we feel like will get us ready to play our ACC schedule and part of that is going on the road and we have one more even before Christmas and we feel like that’s a really important thing,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I was really impressed with JU’s effort tonight. I thought defensively, they played a really great game. They were great on the boards. I think we learned some things tonight that will help us get better.”
Jacksonville scored the first five points of the game but the Seminoles followed with the next six and led the rest of the game. Leading by just three at 18-15, FSU ran off six straight to take its largest lead of the half at nine points with 8:10 left in the first half. Then the Tribe didn’t score for nearly five minutes and JU took advantage by scoring six unanswered to again pull within three points. Junior Tasheika Morris scored seven of FSU’s final nine points in the last 2:41 of the half and helped the Seminoles to a 33-26 halftime advantage. Eight different Florida State players scored in the first half with Morris leading the way with nine points. Florida State shot 54 percent from the field but JU had a 17-13 rebounding edge. The Dolphins shot 41 percent and were led by Lexie Richards’ 10 points. Only eight fouls total were called in the half and both teams combined attempted just six free throws.
Florida State opened the second half with an 8-2 run to go up 13 and had a 48-36 lead at the halfway mark . The Seminole defense held JU scoreless for over five minutes and took their largest lead of the game at 54-36 with 8:36 remaining. Behind continued solid defense, the Tribe went up by 21 points at 64-43 and Semrau pulled all of the starters. Jacksonville ran off seven straight with back-to-back lay ups by Kat Sungy and Richards’ third three-pointer of the game. However, FSU scored seven the game’s final eight points in the last three in a half minutes for the 20-point victory.
“We felt like we had to apply a lot of pressure with their guards, so once we started to apply that pressure, I think that’s where we gained an advantage,” Semrau said. “Our transition game is where we were scoring, so we had to make things happen on the defensive end.”
FSU finished the game with 18 steals, led by LaQuinta Neely’s career-high seven, and shot 52 percent from the field and a season-high 89 percent from the free throw line. Morris finished the game with 11 points while Neely added 10 of her own. JU was led by Sungy’s 14 points.
The Seminoles will play at Northern Arizona at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday, December 21st.