January 2, 2003 - by
FSU Women’s Basketball Tops Wake Forest, 63-61, In ACC Opener

Jan. 2, 2003


Box Score



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Seminole sophomore LaQuinta Neely hit a
10-foot
jumper in the lane with 1.7 seconds left in the game to give the Florida
State
women’s basketball team a 63-61 win over Wake Forest in the ACC opener.
With
the victory, FSU improved to 8-3 and 1-0 in the ACC while Wake Forest
fell to
9-2 overall and 0-1 in the league. Seminole freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan
led
all scorers with 17 points while senior Katelyn Vujas had a game-high
nine
rebounds.


“I feel like it’s a great start,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We
were a
real tight unit again and we had different people stepping up. I think
that
is one of our greatest assets right now – you don’t know which player is
going
to step up and take over. Obviously, Quint (Neely) hit some big shots
but I
thought Ganiyat (Adeduntan) was really big for us and Hannah (Linquist)
and
Linnea (Liljestrand) coming off of the bench gave us a real spark. It’s
just
a good road win.”


The first seven minutes of the game saw four ties and four lead changes,
but
then the Seminoles went on a run. With the score knotted at 8-8,
Florida
State ran off seven of the game’s next nine points to go up seven. The
Tribe
went up by as many as eight points at 21-13 when Wake Forest’s Tonia
Brown,
who is nursing an injured thumb, got hot and scored six straight points
to put
the Demons within a bucket at 21-19. Florida State scored seven points
in the
final five minutes of the half while the Seminole defense held Wake
Forest to
just two points until the final two seconds when Cotelia Bond-Young hit
a
three-pointer and FSU led 28-24 at halftime. Tasheika Morris and
Ganiyat
Adeduntan had nine points apiece for the Seminoles, who shot 50 percent
from
the field. FSU had a 23-21 rebounding edge and held Wake Forest to 25
percent
shooting.


Florida State again went up by seven twice in the first four minutes of
the
second half, but Wake Forest rallied. Down 35-28, the Deacons went on a
10-0
run to take a three-point lead – their first lead since the 14:19 mark
of the
first half. FSU got a huge boost from freshman post Hannah Linquist, a
North
Carolina native, who entered the game when the Seminoles were trailing
40-37.
Linquist hit a jumper almost immediately which started a 9-0 FSU run.
She was
also a force defensively with a block and two key rebounds in five
minutes of
play. Wake Forest’s last lead of the game was with 4:15 left. FSU’s
Holly
Johnson then hit two free throws to force the fifth tie of the half, and
the
Seminoles would not trail again. Wake Forest’s Erin Ferrell, who led
the team
with 15 points and seven rebounds, hit two free throws with 14 seconds
left to
force the eighth tie of the second half and after a time out, Neely hit
the
game winner.


Morris was the only other Seminole to record double-digit points and she
finished the game with 11. Sophomore Linnea Liljestrand also provided a
spark
for the Seminoles, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds in
eight
minutes of play. FSU shot 48 percent for the game and had a 49-44
rebounding
advantage. Erin Ferrell led the Deacons, who shot just 28 percent for
the
game, with 15 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.


The Seminoles will host UCF on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon
County
Civic Center. The game will be televised on Sunshine Network.

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