Feb. 1, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team improved to a program-best 6-1 in the ACC as sophomore Britany Miller recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and senior Alicia Gladden added 19 points, to lead Florida State to a 75-68 victory at Miami Thursday night at the BankUnited Center. FSU improved to 17-5 overall while the Hurricanes fell to 10-13 overall and 1-7 in league play.
“We really had an emphasis in the second half of getting the ball inside,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We had a huge height advantage against this team. Our guards did a much better job of feeding the ball to both Britany (Millere) and Cint (Monroe) and Britany delivered. I thought she was a huge part of this basketball game and not to mention Alicia Gladden who shot the ball extremely well from outside so they had to step out nad defend which opened things up for Britany.”
It was a happy homecoming for freshmen Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale) and Alysha Harvin (Dania) as both rookies recorded double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Monroe also recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 12 rebounds.
The Seminoles turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 10-point lead with 11:12 left in the game as Harvin featured a good old-fashioned three-point play to put FSU up 53-43 but the Hurricanes, as they did all night long, refused to go away. Led by Maurita Reid’s six points, Miami went on a 13-3 run, including two three-pointers, and tied the game at 56-56 with 7:21 to go. Miller and the Seminoles responded with a10-0 run of their own and this time, held on for the victory. The Hurricanes pulled to within seven but the Seminoles began milking the clock with just under four minutes to play and took high percentage shots. With 23.2 seconds left, Miami’s LaToya Cunningham hit a three-pointer and was fouled. She turned the four-point play to pull UM within three points but was forced to foul and the Seminoles made their free throws.
Despite being ahead by as many as seven points at the 11:39 mark of the first half, the Seminoles trailed Miami 32-30 at halftime. Florida State dominated the boards, outrebounding the Hurricanes 27-19 in the first half, but struggled from the field, shooting just 34 percent. The Seminoles, who hadn’t attempted more than 15 three-pointers in a game this season, decided to go with the long ball half way through the first half and it wasn’t successful. FSU attempted 12 from long range in the first half and made just three of them.
For the game, FSU shot 41 percent and outrebounded Miami 51-32. The Hurricanes were led by Reid’s 26 points and Renee Taylor’s 21 and shot 40 percent for the game.
Florida State, which with the Miami road victory, secured a winning ACC road record for the second straight season, will continue action at NC State (16-7, 5-3 ACC) Monday, February 5th at 7 p.m.