Nov. 19, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sophomore guard Alicia Gladden scored a career-high 17 points and junior wing Ganiyat Adeduntan had a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 56-48 win over Xavier Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center in the season-opener for both teams. It was a defensive battle from the tipoff and FSU caused 19 Xavier turnovers and recorded nine steals in the game.
“I just loved our defensive intensity tonight,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’re going to win basketball games on the defensive end of the floor and we know that. I’m just proud of this team that doesn’t look at what they don’t have but look at what they do have.”
With nine points, Adeduntan was one point shy of a double-double while junior Holly Johnson had 12 points and Roneeka Hodges added 11 and eight rebounds.
No more than three points separated the two teams in the first 15 minutes of the second half and there were five lead changes and three ties. The Seminoles trailed by a point at 40-39 with 8:51 left in the game when they went on a 12-3 run to pull ahead by eight with 2:32 remaining. FSU led the remainder of the game.
FSU outrebounded Xavier 44-33 and put in 15 points on Musketeer turnovers. A smaller Tribe lineup put in 26 points in the paint and also added 12 second chance points.
The Seminoles led just twice in the first half, including their 22-21 lead at the break. Xavier pulled ahead by seven at 12-5 at the 13:43 mark, but FSU fought back and went on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 15-15. Gladden was responsible for six of those points in the Seminole comeback. The final 6:40 of the half was a defensive battle and saw another tie and no advantage more than three points.
Suntana Granderson recorded a game-high 22 points for the Musketeers and Adeola Olanrewaju grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
FSU will travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Sunshine Network.