Nov. 29, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seminole sophomore LaQuinta Neely, making her first career start, scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 84-69 win over Wright State Friday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU improved to 3-1 on the season while the Lady Raiders fell to 1-2.
“We’re still working through some things,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’re going to keep working hard at it. We are not where we want to be by any stretch, but a win is a win and we had a lot of people contribute in a big way. I thought Trinetta Moore played great defense in the second half and was a real difference maker. Quint (Neely), obviously, with the defensive pressure she was able to apply really made a difference down the stretch for us. The 22 steals has got to be the highest we’ve ever had since I’ve been here.”
The Seminoles had another slow start to the game and fell behind 12-6 in the first five minutes, but Neely, who already had her career-high with 11 points in the first half, and Lauren Bradley brought FSU back. Neely and Bradley each made lay ups and free throws to tie the score at 12-12 at the 14:10 mark. The contest saw three more ties before Florida State took the lead for good. With the score knotted at 22-22, FSU went on an 18-2 run, including 11 straight points, and took a 16-point advantage. It was Neely again who got the Seminoles rolling. FSU scored just three points in the final four minutes of the half while Wright State cut the lead in half and went into the locker room trailing by eight at 43-35. The Tribe shot 45 percent in the first half, had a 21-17 rebounding edge and recorded 10 steals. The Lady Raiders shot 44 percent from the field, but were plagued by 16 turnovers. WSU hit five three-pointers while FSU went 0-for-2 from beyond the arc.
Florida State played some run and gun in the final 20 minutes. Wright State fought the entire second half and pulled to within six at 55-49 with 13:58 remaining. Then the Seminoles went to work and ran off nine unanswered to take their largest lead at 17 points and led by double digits the rest of the game. FSU’s largest lead was 20 twice within the last four minutes of the game. Linnea Liljestrand, who hit FSU’s only trey of the game, and Genesis Choice, each had big second halves and finished the game with 13 points apiece off of the bench while Tasheika Morris added 12. Choice also had a game-high nine rebounds.
Wright State’s Tiffany Webb reached her average with 23 points while Katie Bussan led all scorers with 23.
The Seminoles finished the game with 22 steals and 15 assists and shot 48 percent for the game. FSU also dominated the boards, finishing the game with a 43-13 advantage.
FSU will host reigning Big Ten champs Indiana on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 p.m.