Nov. 17, 2007
CHICAGO, Ill. –
A good defense can translate into good scoring opportunities and that’s exactly what the Florida State women’s basketball team used against Florida International. The No. 18 Seminoles shut out the Golden Panthers for five minutes during a key stretch in the second half to come away a 70-50 victory on Saturday (November 17) in their second game of the DePaul Invitational at McGrath Hall.
The victory improved Florida State’s record to 3-1 on the season. The Seminoles have won their last nine games against in-state opponents. Florida International dropped to 1-2.
Four different Seminoles reached double figures in the scoring column, led by 16 from freshman Antionette Howard (Snellville, Ga.) A point back was guard Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) and she was named to the all-tournament team. Forward Cayla Moore (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had a career-high 13 points while Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) added 11 in just 12 minutes of play.
Half of Florida State’s rebounds came from three players as Moore and Monroe grabbed eight each and Howard added seven. Guard Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) had four assists while guard Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) led the way with two steals.
The Seminoles shot 50 percent in the second half to have a 46.7 (28-of-60) to 26.8 percent (19-of-71) in shooting. Florida International out-rebounded FSU 49-46, including 21 offensive boards, but the Panthers committed 19 turnovers.
After Florida International claimed a 5-4 lead at the 18:17 mark, the Seminoles went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:30 to pull out to a 13-5 advantage. Moore scored the Seminoles’ first seven points. Both team struggled to put the ball in the basket for a 3:30 minute stretch as only three points were scored. Florida State was able to maintain the lead thanks to great defense that kept the Golden Panthers off the board.
After the Moore lay-up at the 15:06 mark, the Seminoles survived four scoring droughts of two minutes or more. FIU only scored five points during a nine-minute stretch and Florida State lead built the lead back up to five (27-25) thanks to another 2:30 dry spell by the Panthers before taking a 29-26 margin into the locker room.
The Seminoles nearly doubled FIU’s shooting percentage – 42.9 percent (12-of-28) to 21.6 percent (8-of-37) – but the Panthers hit three more three-pointers (four-to-three). FIU also had a big advantage on the boards with 12 offensive rebounds, but it could only convert them to six second-chance points. FSU held a 10-4 margin in points in the paint.
Moore exceeded her career-high in the first half alone with 11 while Howard added seven. The duo also led the way with four rebounds each.
The first five minutes of the second half were a back and fourth contest with the lead changing hands six times. Florida State got the lead back at 40-39 on a lay-up by Moore that sparked a 9-0 to give the Seminoles a 47-39 advantage on a Freshour three-pointer. The game swung during a five-minute stretch where Florida International did not score from the 9:20 mark until 4:06. During that time an eight-point lead grew to 17 (64-47) with Monroe scoring five points in that run.
Florida State is back in action on Tuesday (November 17) when it takes on Fordham at 11 a.m. Fans receive free admission if they bring two canned goods to the game. The game can be heard live on 1270 AM and at www.semioles.com.