Dec. 30, 2005
Tallahassee, FL – Senior guard Holly Johnson, junior guard Alicia Gladden and the Florida State women’s basketball team (9-3 overall, 0-0 ACC) were unstoppable on Friday night (December 30) at the Donald L. Tucker Center, ending the 2005 calendar year with a 50-point win over Lipscomb (0-8), 92-42. Johnson had career-highs in points (17) and three-pointers (5) and Gladden led all scorers with 20 points helping the Seminoles send the Lady Bisons to their second-worst loss of the season and FSU’s lowest opponent point total of the year. .
“I’m very happy with our performance,” said head coach Sue Semrau. “I think what that means now is that we`re in a place that we’re going to play our game regardless of the competition. It makes me feel really confident as a coach going into play at Florida and then starting ACC play. I’m very pleased with the last two games and the practices in between.”
Florida State, which outscored Lipscomb 52-17 in the first half, shot 54.1% from the floor and passed for a season-high 22 assists. Every Seminole who saw action in the game scored and rebounded for FSU including 36 points from the bench. Four Tribe members scored in double figures including rookie Tanae Davis-Cain who led all scorers off of the bench with 10 points and three steals.
Gladden totaled a season-best 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, marking the eighth time she has scored in double figures this year. Showing her ability to perform on both ends of the court, the team’s second leading scorer grabbed four boards, recorded two assists and had three steals on the night.
In the first half, Johnson was well on her way to besting her previous career totals of 16 points and three made three-pointers when she hit two jumpers from long range in the two of the team’s first three possessions. She combined with Gladden to pour in 18 of FSU’s first 20 points.
“It felt really good,” said Johnson. “I felt like I was in a great rhythm tonight. It was good to see that. I’ve been a bit shaky the past couple of games but I really felt the rhythm and I just took the open shots that I had.”
The 35-point advantage at the break is the Seminoles largest of the year thanks to a 15-0 run to start the game. FSU shot 52.4% for the half with 21 points off the bench and ended the first half on a 15-4 run. In the second round, the Seminoles bettered that percentage, hitting 18-of-34 shots for 56.3%.
The Garnet and Gold forced a season-high 34 turnovers and held Lipscomb to 37.5% shooting from the floor. They committed only nine turnovers, two in the first half, grabbed 16 steals and had six blocked shots.
Rookie Britany Miller swatted a career-high four blocks to compliment 10 points and four rebounds. Senior Ganiyat Adeduntan was 3-of-6 with seven points, five boards and two assists and redshirt sophomore Shante Williams was perfect from the floor, connecting three times for six points and passing for five assists.
Senior guard LaQuinta Neely led the team on both sides of the ball, accounting for six assists and holding the Lady Bisons’ top playmaker Dana Carrigan to one assist in the opening 20 minutes. Redshirt sophomore Nikki Anthony also caused trouble for Lipscomb recording three steals and nine points in 15 minutes.
The last time FSU scored 90 points in regulation came in a win over Harvard on November 30, 2003.
The Seminoles hit the road for the first of six January road games on Monday, January 2, 2006 when they face intrastate rival Florida in Gainesville. The game will air on SunSports at 6:30 p.m.