Nov. 2, 2003
Led by senior Trinetta Moore’s 21 points, the Florida State women’s basketball team topped Premier Players 93-84 in exhibition action Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Senior Tasheika Allen and freshman Shante Williams also tallied double figures with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
“I feel like we’ve been inconsistent in practice,” head coach Sue Semrau said, “and even though we made mistakes today, I felt like we were pretty solid for it being this early. I felt like we stayed in rhythm with the substitutions we made. I subbed a lot kids to try to see different people and I didn’t think we lost a lot of rhythm in that which I was pleased to see. That means we will be able to go deep and keep fresh legs running at people. There were some great players out there (Premier), but they got tired and for us to continue to put fresh legs in there was nice.”
The Seminoles got off to a slow start and fell behind by as many as 10 points with 11:58 left in the first half, but the post game brought FSU back. Down 15-5, Moore and junior Genesis Choice combined for FSU’s next 13 points to pull the Seminoles within two points at 20-18 at the 8:52 mark. Moore hit four lay ups and a free throw during that stretch. Florida State took its first lead of the game at 21-20 with a Ganiyat Adeduntan three-pointer and the rest of the half saw three lead changes and three ties. FSU trailed by a point at 40-39 at the break. Moore, who went 7-for-7, led the Seminoles with 15 first half points while Allen was held to just a point in the first 20 minutes.
“Yesterday, we had a practice and we had a coaching clinic,” Semrau said. “We had those coaches come over and watch practice so we had a little crowd in the stands and we weren’t very good. You could tell that was a change in their performance based on distraction. We talked a lot about that. I thought maybe we got a little bit of a slow start that way, but I also thought the people that came off the bench did a great job in getting us in our running game. I thought that made the difference in wearing that team down and getting the ball inside.”
In the second half, Allen turned it on which sparked the Seminoles. Trailing 43-41, Allen forced the game’s fourth tie with a lay up and proceeded to score FSU’s next seven points. She gave the Tribe the lead for good at the17:44 mark as FSU outscored Premier 14-4 to take a commanding 10-point lead at 57-47 with 15:23 remaining. Premier, however, did not go down without a fight. FSU seized its largest lead of 11 points at the midway point of the second half when Premier went on a 14-6 run to pull within three. Five different Premier players scored during that stretch. But the Seminoles responded and ran off eight straight to regain control of the ball game and led by at least seven points in the game’s final four minutes.
Thanks to 55 percent shooting in the second half, the Seminoles shot 49 percent for the game and outrebounded Premier 52-37. Sophomore point guard Holly Johnson led the team with nine rebounds while senior Lauren Bradley added eight and Moore finished the game with seven boards. Choice, Adeduntan and LaQuinta Neely each contributed nine points to the effort.
Premier Players was led by Tonya Washington’s 25 points.