Jan. 31, 2005
Jan. 31, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Despite 18 points from Ganiyat Adeduntan and 16 from Alicia Gladden, the No. 24-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team (18-4, 5-3) lost its second straight game, falling 77-62 to Virginia Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. UVA’s LaTonya Blue led all players with 24 points.
“Well, that was a tough loss for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously, whenever you lose at home in the ACC, that’s tough. One of the things I talked to the team about that’s a reality and not an excuse is that we’ve never been in this position before and we’ve gone from being more of the hunting to the hunted and in doing so, there’s got to be a learning curve.”
Takisha Granberry had 15 points and Jocelyn Logan-Friend added 11 for the Cavaliers (16-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Brandi Teamer had a game-high 16 rebounds.
“Virginia’s been very good,” Semrau said. “They outrebounded Virginia Tech 49 to 20 at their place the last game and we knew that coming in. I thought (Brandi) Teamer just was one of the player that rebounding on the glass just wasn’t going to be denied.”
Hodges pulled the Seminoles to 41-37, but the Cavaliers used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to hand Florida State consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Hodges, who was averaging 23.1 points in ACC games, was held to 11.
“We, I think, lost sight this game,” Semrau said. “I wasn’t disappointed in our defensive effort, except for obviously finishing the play, but we’ve lost sight of our identity and who we are and who we are is a great defensive team that has consistently held teams to under 60 points a game and you’ve got to finish the defensive play with a rebound and if we would have done that tonight, it would have been a great ball game. Instead we started to think maybe our identity, because we’ve been able to dominate on the defensive end and generate offense, we started to think that our identity was more with our offense and that can’t be the way this team wins games.”
The Cavaliers took a 29-27 halftime lead despite 14 turnovers. Adeduntan made a jumper to open the second half. Blue followed with a basket, the 1,000th point of her career, and Virginia never trailed.
“First let me say that coming down here this year was a little different than in other years because Florida State has had a fabulous season thus far and is really one of the best teams in the ACC,” Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan said. “It was a lot more difficult to prepare for them with Roneeka Hodges in the line up. We came out tonight with a lot of resolve and not the energy I liked in the first half. I thought we had better energy in the second half but I was pleased with our first half performance except for the turnovers.
“I thought our rebounding was going to be a key tonight and it turned out to be. We are a good rebounding team and that was something we had to do tonight in order to win the game and it was very important that we key on Hodges to a certain point but not make her the total focal point of the night. It was a game that kind of fell into our hands, the way we were able to rebound and get second chance points and force some of own turnovers to get up and down the court like we like to.”
The Seminoles shot 36.1 percent for the game and lost for the 26th time in 30 games against Virginia. The Cavaliers outrebounded Florida State 47-30.