Jan. 30, 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. — Florida State sophomore Linnea Liljestrand scored a game-high 19 points, including 17 straight in the second half, to lead the Seminoles from a nine-point deficit, to a 59-57 victory over Clemson, marking the program’s first win ever at Clemson. FSU improved to 14-5 overall and 6-2 in ACC play while Clemson fell to 11-8 overall and 3-5 in league play.
“Well, this is a very big win for our program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Jim (Davis) does such a great job here at Clemson and his kids always play really hard. Obviously, Linnea (Liljestrand), has just been waiting so patiently for her time and developing her mental game, had a big, big game for us tonight. We had a real spark off the bench by Hannah Linquist, who came in for us and really did a great job holding down the middle on the defensive end. We’re really pleased to come away with a win here.”
Clemson scored the game’s first four points before Tasheika Morris got the Seminoles going with a jumper at the 17:31 mark. The first 10 minutes of the half saw four lead changes and three ties. With the score knotted at 15-15, Florida State scored five straight points to take the largest lead of the game for either team at 20-15 with 7:47 left in the first half. But then the game took a turn in the Tigers’ favor. FSU was held scoreless for the next 3:38 of the game during which time Clemson ran off 10 straight points to go from five points down, to five points up. The Seminoles pulled to within a point four times in the final 3:11 of the half, but trailed 33-30 at the break. Morris led all scorers with 10 points and had a team-high five rebounds. FSU shot 40 percent while Clemson shot 36 percent and led the way in rebounding 21-18.
Sophomore Genesis Choice scored eight of Florida State’s first 10 points in the second half, but the Seminoles found themselves down by nine at 49-40 with 11:46 remaining in the game. Enter Liljestrand. The sophomore guard, who had just two points in the first half, scored 15 points, including 4-for-5 from three-point range, before the Tigers even knew what hit them. Clemson didn’t score again until the 4:41 mark but found itself down 55-52. Liljestrand hit her last bucket to give FSU a five-point cushion with just over four minutes left in the game. The Tigers’ Lakeia Stokes hit a jumper and then Amanda White, who had 13 for the game, had a three-point play to tie the game at 57-57 with 1:52 on the clock. Morris, who had not scored in the second half and had gone 0-for-2 from the free throw line earlier in the half, had two key steals in the final 43 seconds of the game. She was called for a travel after the first steal and then fouled after the second steal. Morris hit both free throws to give FSU a two-point lead with 23 seconds left and the FSU defense made two big stops for the victory.
Choice finished the game with 13 points, while Morris had 12 for the game. Both led the way with seven rebounds apiece as the Seminoles dominated the boards in the final 20 minutes to finish with a 47-40 advantage. Clemson was led by Chrissy Floyd’s 16 points.
FSU will host Wake Forest on Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m.