Nov. 23, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seminole Classic Most Valuable Player Genesis Choice scored a game-high 20 points and added a team-high eight rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 73-60 win over Georgia State, Saturday evening at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU won its second straight Seminole Classic and improved to 2-0 while Georgia State went to 1-1 on the young season.
“I was proud of our team effort again,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We had different people step up and that’s what’s so great about this team. Our defense in the second half really made a difference and we decided to rebound a little better.”
Florida State led just three times in the first 20 minutes, including a 32-31 advantage at halftime. Georgia State led for the first 7:42 of the game when the Seminoles forced a 12-12 tie after being down by as many as seven. Georgia State took back the lead and kept it until Tasheika Morris sunk a three-pointer go give FSU its first lead at 19-18 with just over eight minutes to go. The Lady Panthers scored six straight to go ahead by five and would lead until FSU forced the game’s second tie at 28-28 at the 3:06 mark. The two teams traded leads in the minutes of the half and it was Morris again who put the Tribe in the lead with a jumper with seven seconds left. The teams played fairly even in the first half, but Georgia State had the edge in shooting, 41 to 36 percent. Rebounds were knotted at 22 apiece, but the Seminoles, who had five steals, took better care of the ball, committing just three turnovers while GSU had nine. Choice and Georgia State’s Holly Coates led the way with 10 points each in the first half.
Georgia State scored to open the second half and went up 33-32 but it would be the Lady Panthers’ last lead of the game. FSU scored 14 of the game’s next 17 points to take a 46-36 lead at the 15:07 mark and Georgia State would get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Morris and freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan accounted for 12 of the 14 points in the surge that gave FSU the lead for good. The Tribe built a lead of 12 points at the midpoint of the half, but Georgia State didn’t let down and ran off seven points to pull within five to make the score 52-47. The Seminoles responded, outrunning the Lady Panthers again and went on a 10-4 run to go up by 11 with 3:39 to play and had a double-figure advantage the rest of the game. FSU’s biggest lead of the game was 17.
Morris and Adeduntan joined Choice in the double figure department with 19 and 10, respectively, and earned all-tournament team honors. Coates, who had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, Florida International’s Mandy Shafer and Alabama State’s Shameka Jackson were also named to the all-tournament team.
The Seminoles had another strong second half offensively and shot 57 percent from the field. They recorded 13 assists and 13 turnovers and had just 15 turnovers. Georgia State shot just 38 percent for the game and suffered 26 turnovers, but did have a 39-37 rebounding advantage.
FSU will head to Gainesville on Tuesday, November 26, for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Lady Gators. The game will be televised by Sunshine Network and can be heard in the Tallahassee area on WFLA AM 1270 or on FSU’s athletic website, www.seminoles.com.