Feb. 3, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A solid defensive and rebounding effort lifted the No. 24-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team to a 72-49 win over Lipscomb Thursday night at Allen Arena. All 10 Seminoles saw action with Roneeka Hodges leading the way with 18 points. The win put Florida State to 19-4 while the Lady Bisons fell to 10-8 on the year.
“I felt like this was a game where we need to reestablish some things,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “and I thought we did a good job of reestablishing ourselves on the boards. We got 23 offensive boards and you just don’t get offensive boards by just letting them fall in your lap. We worked really hard for those. And defensively, we challenged the team to keep Lipscomb under 50 and we played a lot of kids, kids who haven’t gotten to play many minutes. I thought we did an admirable job in the way we defended tonight. I’m proud of their effort and we just need to continue to get better.”
A 16-0 Seminole run blew the game open midway through the second half. Lipscomb had cut Florida State’s 14-point lead to just eight points with 10:15 left in the game when the Seminoles went to work. With solid defense, FSU didn’t allow a Lipscomb bucket for more than four minutes and built a commanding 24-point lead. Six different Seminoles scored in the stretch.
“Again, it all was keyed on the defensive end,” Semrau said. “There were deflections, there were steals. We got numbers-break and anytime you get numbers-break, especially with this team because I think they’re very good finishers, we have an advantage on the offensive end of the floor. We’ve always said that our defense had got to dictate our offense and that’s exactly what it was tonight.”
Linnea Liljestrand and Holly Johnson added double figures for the Seminoles with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Led by Ganiyat Adeduntan’s game-high 11 rebounds, the Seminoles outrebounded the Lady Bisons 50-27. Adeduntan also had five of Florida State’s 13 steals. Hannah Linquist boosted the Tribe with six points and two blocks in 14 minutes of play while Nikki Anthony was strong on the boards with six rebounds.
The Seminoles had a 17 rebound advantage to go with their 41-29 halftime lead thanks to nine first half rebounds by Adeduntan. FSU shot 53 percent in the first 20 minutes behind 13 points from Hodges and 11 from Liljestrand’s hot hand. FSU led 13-8 and went on a 7-2 run, including four points off the bench from Linquist, to take its first double digit lead at 20-10 with just under 10 minutes left in the half. The Tribe led by as many as 13 and had at least a seven-point lead the rest of the half. Six different Seminoles scored in the first half, including all five starters.
Florida State will face league-leading Duke in ACC action on Sunday, February 6th at 4 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The game will be televised regionally, including Sun Sports in the state of Florida.