Nov. 23, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — History will have to be made another day.
Looking to earn the 500th win in the history of the program, the No. 21-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team was upset 57-72 by Florida Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Instead, FSU (3-1) will look to bounce back and earn the milestone against Southeast Missouri State at home Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Jacinta Monroe led all FSU players with 18 points but the Seminoles weren’t able to match the same intensity sustained from the start of the game to the end by the Gators (3-1). Other than an early 4-2 score to start the game, Florida never trailed in the rivalry game after going up 4-6 less than three minutes into regulation.
“They just flat-out out played us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “There’s no question that they came out with more competitiveness than we did. Just credit Florida and their balance in the way that they attacked the game. I am just disappointed in our defensive effort.”
One look at the final box score echoes Semrau’s sentiments about the Seminole defense. In total, FSU allowed the Gators to shoot an even 51-percent from the field and gave up 16 offensive rebounds. The Seminoles lost the total rebounding battle 35-42 despite a significant height advantage in the middle.
The ‘Noles also struggled to keep Florida off the free-throw line and the Gators made them pay for it. UF connected on 20 of its 25 free-throw attempts for an 80-percent mark. On the other end of the spectrum, FSU managed to get to the line just 16 times and only converted nine of those attempts.
“I know that we are a lot better than we played,” said true freshman center Cierra Bravard, who scored 11 points against the Gators three days after posting a career-high 25 against the College of Charleston. “I think that when things started going wrong we didn’t really look to each other. Everybody tried to do it themselves. I know I shut down and didn’t do what I could have done to help the team.”
Things took a negative turn early as the Gators built a 16-point lead 16 minutes into the game.
FSU appeared to be on the verge of being able to earn an inspiring comeback against their rivals as they went on an 11-2 run to close the half. But after heading into the halftime break trailing just 27-34, the Seminoles weren’t able to duplicate that inspired play in the game’s final 20 minutes.
FSU cut their deficit to 41-47 with 10 minutes remaining in the game but wouldn’t get any closer.
Sha Brooks led the way for the Gators with a game-high 24 points while Sharielle Smith added 15 points and seven rebounds. Marshae Dotson hauled in a game-high 15 boards.
As for Monroe, FSU’s leading scorer secured 10 rebounds to record the 11th double-double of her career and third of the season. Senior Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain contributed with 10 points apiece.