Dec. 6, 2006
The Seminole defense held Stetson to just six points in the final 9:44 of the game giving No. 25 Florida State a 70-44 victory over the Hatters, Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles, who were led by sophomore Britany Miller’s game-high 23 points, improved to 9-1 on the year while Stetson fell to 1-7.
Florida State led by just five at halftime at 26-21 and by just five at 43-38 with less than 10 minutes to play in the game and then made its run. Miller started the Seminole spurt making two free throws. The Tallapoosa, Ga., native had a banner night from the charity stripe making 9-of 11 attempts, both career-highs. Alicia Gladden, who had 18 points on the night, Mara Freshour and Jacinta Monroe all followed with buckets, giving Florida State a 13-point lead.
“Well it wasn’t pretty, but I thought in a couple of areas, I saw improvement and one of the areas was from the free throw line,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Getting there, number one, knocking down shots, number two, and I think that was a big difference for us.”
FSU shot a much-improved 72 percent from the free throw line and recorded nine blocks, including a career-high five swats from Miller. She already has 24 blocks on the season.
Junior Nikki Anthony, who started for the second straight game, had 10 rebounds to lead the Seminoles who finished the game with a +20 advantage on the boards. With nine boards, Miller was just one rebound shy of her first double-double of the season and Monroe added seven big rebounds to the mix.
“The way that Britany went to the boards was huge. Britany’s going to score for us but when she gets nine rebounds a game, that’s what we’re going to need from her. Nikki Anthony did a great job on the boards. She’s just really turned it on in that area.”
The Seminoles led by 21 or more points in the final 4:11 of the game and held the Hatters scoreless for nearly six straight minutes in the final 8:03 of the contest. Stetson shot 32 percent from the field and was led by Sharnesha Smith’s 12 points.
In the first half, Florida State’s largest lead was 10 points with 5:51 left but the Hatters outscored the Seminoles 8-3 to close out the half. Neither team scored in the final two and a half minutes.
“I just didn’t think it was an effort indicative of Seminole teams of the past and what’s expected and I think they agreed,” Semrau said about her team’s first half performance. “It was their choice to come out and play as hard as they did in the second half.”
Junior Shante Williams, who suffered from the flu much of last week, played 23 minutes and led the team with five assists. For the first time this season, FSU didn’t hit a three-pointer but team-leader Tanae Davis-Cain sat out of the game with a sprained ankle. She should be ready to play when the Seminoles travel to Orlando Saturday, December 9th for a 5:30 game with the UCF Golden Knights.