Nov. 19, 2006
Senior Alicia Gladden scored a career-high 27 points while sophomore Britany Miller added 18 to lift the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 74-69 victory over Oakland Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles improved to a perfect 4-0 while the Golden Grizzlies’ record went to 1-2.
“There were a lot of positives with today’s game,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “First of all, I want to compliment the fight of Oakland‘s team. They came in and did a good job with what we had to deal with about two years ago which is a small line up and I thought they did a great job of making us defend something that was very difficult for us to defend, something we weren’t used to defending.
“The positives on our side are Alicia Gladden, who in the last two games, has really stepped up back to being the player that we feel she can be. A player that should be, I think, one of the top considerations for first team All-ACC, a go-to kind of player. Alicia has been a little bit tentative with an ankle injury and has decided `nothing’s going to stop me’and we’ve seen that out of her the last two games. The other thing is that we got back on the rebounding track. We didn’t do a very good job of that at Southeast Missouri and we did a much better job of coming up with some offensive boards in this game.”
It took another strong second half effort to get Florida State back on track on the court. Playing in their fourth game in seven days, the Seminoles had to rally back from a 36-30 halftime deficit for the victory. A solid effort on the boards, in which the Seminoles had a 40-29 advantage, and 58 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes, gave FSU the momentum for the five-point win.
Oakland‘s Hannah Reising, who scored 23 points off of the bench, including 7-for-9 from three-point range, kept the speedy Golden Grizzlies in the lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half. A three-pointer by Tanae Davis-Cain, the only trey of the game for FSU, gave the Seminoles a 53-52 lead with 9:44 left in the game and they never trailed again. Gladden and Miller combined for 27 of Florida State‘s 44 second half points. Each also added seven rebounds but it was Nikki Anthony who led the team with a game-high eight rebounds. She also scored four points in 14 minutes of play off of the bench.
The Seminoles led much of the first half and were up 24-17 with under eight minutes to play when Oakland went on an 8-0 run. Paced by Reising’s three-point shooting, the Golden Grizzlies outscored FSU 11-2 in the final 4:02 of the half for the six-point advantage at the break. Reising finished the half with 17 points, including five three-pointers.
Nine Seminoles played in the first half as FSU suffered 12 turnovers and shot just 12-fo-30 for 40 percent.
“We made mistakes that our players don’t make; we can’t afford to make them,” Semrau said. “We all could have said `well this is our fourth game in seven days and we’re tired’ and I know we were and it is our fourth game in seven days but because we are a young team, we’re using this as an opportunity to grow up and it’s not okay, even in situation like that to make those kind of mistakes on our floor.”
Florida State shot a much improved 77 percent from the free throw line for the game but went just 1-for-6 from long range. Davis-Cain, who led FSU Friday at Southeast Missouri State with a career-high 23 points, added nine in Sunday’s victory. Nine FSU players saw 12 or more minutes of action and all nine of those Seminoles scored.
FSU’s next action will be Friday, November 24th at 4 p.m. when the Florida Gators (1-3) come to town. The game will tip off at 4 p.m. and will be televised on Sun Sports. Florida has dropped its last games and will host IUPUI (2-0) on Tuesday before heading to Tallahassee.