Dec. 29, 2004
Florida State will look to play the spoiler role Wednesday evening against a Montana team (5-4) that has captured the Lady Griz Holiday Classic crown 21-of-24 times. Despite a shaky start, the Seminoles (12-0) came from behind Tuesday night and defeated Louisville (8-4), 69-54, in the first round of the tournament to extend their winning streak to 12 straight, while Maine fell to the Lady Griz, 83-52. Florida State junior Ganiyat Adeduntan and sophomore Alicia Gladden combined for over half of the Tribe’s total points and each recorded a double-double performance. Adeduntan tallied a season and game-high 22 points along with 12 boards, and Gladden recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds, respectively, to lead four Seminoles in double-figure scoring. Senior Roneeka Hodges and junior Holly Johnson pitched in 11 points each to the FSU offense.
The Series: There’s Always a First
Tonight will mark the first time that FSU and Montana have met.
Miami is the only common opponent the Seminoles and Lady Griz share this season. Montana traveled to the Tribe’s fellow ACC foe on Dec. 20 and dropped a 55-49 decision to the Hurricanes.
Overview Of Last Game
Florida State junior Ganiyat Adeduntan and sophomore Alicia Gladden combined for over half of the Tribe’s total points and each recorded a double-double performance, as the Seminoles defeated Louisville (8-4), 69-54, and improved to a program-best 12-0 in the first round of the Lady Griz Holiday Classic on the campus of the University of Montana Tuesday night.
It took the entire first half and four minutes into the second before the Seminoles found its rhythm and FSU took its first lead of the contest with 16:44 remaining in the game when Gladden netted a jumper for the 41-40 advantage. Prior to that shot, the Cardinals clearly controlled the tempo of the game and led by as much as seven points in the first half before the Seminoles closed the gap to two points and were down 29-31 at the break.
Louisville held the 38-33 advantage with 17:59 left on the clock before Adeduntan sunk a 3-pointer that sparked a 14-4 Seminole run, including five straight points from Gladden, that gave FSU the 47-42 gain with 13:12 remaining. The Cardinals would sneak within one-point, 48-49, but the Tribe never allowed them any closer as it raced away, 69-54.
Florida State shot 48.3 percent in the game while Louisville managed a 41.4 mark. The Seminoles converted 18 points off of the Cardinals’ 14 turnovers.
Last year, the Seminoles earned their 12th victory of the season on Feb. 8th and didn’t reach 13 wins until February 16th versus Wake Forest.
And Then There Were Six
Six teams remain undefeated in NCAA Division I women’s basketball through Dec. 29th. Of them, only two were ranked in the Top 25 in the latest AP Poll. LSU sits at No. 1, while Iowa controls the No. 18 slot. Despite not being ranked, Richmond earned 49 points, Florida State had 22, West Virginia recorded 13, and St. John’s owned 1 point, respectively.
Hodges Still Reigns As Queen
Senior Roneeka Hodges has scored in double figures ten straight games and has led FSU in scoring 8-of-12 games. She has 20+ points in four games. Only two other payers in the ACC have more 20+ games than Hodges in Miami’s Tamara James (6) and Duke’s Monique Curry (5).
Nationally Ranked Statistically
Alicia Gladden ranks No. 19 in the NCAA, averaging 3.6 steals per contest. Roneeka Hodges stacks up at No. 30 in the nation with 18.0 points per game. As a team, the Seminoles are No. 25 in scoring margin (+15.65) and No. 14 in rebounding margin (9.8).
Getting In Front
Last night’s game was only the second time this season that the Seminoles trailed at halftime. Previously, FSU trailed, 36-29, at the half against Fordham and outscored the Rams 36-16 in the second half for the victory. Versus the Cardinals, the Tribe was down two points, 31-29, last night before storming back and outscoring Louisville, 30-23.
New Member of the Twenty-Something Club
FSU has had six games with a player reaching 20 or more points. Roneeka Hodges leads the way with four 20+ games, including a career-high 33 points while Linnea Lilijestrand had one 20+ game. Ganiyat Adeduntan joined the club against Louisville after recording a season-best 22 points.
Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded her third career double-double in the Louisville win with 22 points and 12 boards. The 22 points were a season high and the third time this season she tallied double figures. She has double digit rebounds in four games–the most of any Seminole. Furthermore, sophomore Alicia Gladden added the second of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, FSU now has seven double-doubles on the year after having just four total in 2003-04. Adeduntan and Gladden have three apiece, while Roneeka Hodges has the other.
Notes and Quotes
After three days of missing her luggage, the bags of junior Hannah Linquist have been located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Despite flying out of North Carolina with ease on Dec. 26, Linquist made the trip to Montana with no problem; however, her bags did not have the same luck. Regardless, Linquist can finally rest easy knowing that her bags are expected to arrive in Tallahassee tomorrow.
Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell and his wife, Ginger, will be attendance tonight to watch the Seminoles battle Montana. President Wetherell owns a vacation home in Montana and the team joined them at the Wetherall Ranch two days ago to eat dinner and mingle with the Wetherell’s local friends.
Junior LaQuinta Neely missed the Louisville game with a lower back injury sustained in practice. She listed as day-to-day and will unlikely play tonight.
The team will leave Montana after the game tonight and are expected to arrive in Tallahassee early in the morning and will practice Thursday at 5:00 p.m. The Seminoles will take on Colgate Friday at 2:00 p.m. before opening up ACC play on January 6th.
Quotes From Sue Semrau:
“In the first half we were really fatigue, so I challenged the team at halftime to really fight through that fatigue. We talked about the reward on the other end of that fight and I thought we fought longer than Louisville. They were a great team and the best we’ve faced. I’m really proud of the effort we put forth tonight.”
“Ganiyat Adeduntan did a tremendous job all-around. She defended well and had 22 points and 12 rebounds. I don’t know what else we could have asked of her tonight. She stepped up and without LaQuinta Neely playing tonight, we weren’t deep. I thought she and Alicia [Gladden] put forth tremendous a tremendous fight on both ends.”
“Our game plan after halftime was to defend the high-low look and to go inside. In order to go inside you have to reverse [the ball] so I told the girls to be patient. We only turned it over five times in the second half and for a team that is playing a lot of minutes, I thought that was a pretty good job.”
“This is a very challenging and competitive tournament. First of all, you are dealing with the altitude and you’ve got a home crowd atmosphere that is just phenomenal. Tournaments are so important to prepare you for the end of the year and you’ve got to understand tournament play. It will be a great match-up for us against Montana tomorrow evening.”