March 17, 2007
Photos taken by Brandon Goodman, FSU Photographer
The Seminnoles will play Stanford, Monday, March 19th in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Game time has not been announced. The following are notes and quotes from Florida State’s victory over Old Dominion.
With two steals in the win over Old Dominion, senior Alicia Gladden became Florida State’s all-time steals leader and now has 270 career steals. Gladden also scored 18 points, marking the 24th time this season she has recorded double figures. Gladden moved into 8th place on FSU’s all-time scoring list with 1,369 career points.
FSU was led by Tanae Davis-Cain who had a career-high 24 points. Davis-Cain has now led the team in scoring four times this season and has scored 20 or more points three times. She was 4-for-7 from three-point land in the game. Over the last six games, she is averaging 13.8 points per game – second best on the team. Davis-Cain has made 51 three-pointers this season and is just three shy of tying the single-season record of 54 three-pointers set by Linnea Liljestrand in 2005.
Freshman Jacinta Monroe recorded a career-high five blocks in the Old Dominion win. She now has a team-high 63 blocks on the season. The total is the third most in a single season at Florida State. Brooke Wyckoff had 80 blocks in 1997-98 and 64 blocks in 1998-99. FSU opponents have a total of 85 blocks this season.
The Seminoles shot a season-high 57.7 percent from the field in the win over Old Dominion. FSU is 6-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better.
Sophomore Britany Miller reached the 20-point mark for the sixth time this season and eighth time of her career with 20 points in the ODU win. Miller has scored in double figures in seven straight games and 21 games overall this season.
Florida State’s 85 points in the win over ODU was the third most points the Seminoles scored in a game this season and most since the fifth game of the season. FSU was averaging 68.1 points per game heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Florida State advances to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third straight season and fifth time overall.
Post Game Quotes
Florida State Seminoles
Head Coach Sue Semrau
(Opening Statement) “Old Dominion gave us everything we could handle. They hit the boards extremely hard. I challenged the team at halftime to keep Old Dominion off the boards and I think that was the difference in the basketball game. We had a lot of good individual performances in the basketball game, Mara Freshour was critical in handling the pressure and attacking. Alicia Gladden also had a great game and is now the all time steals leader at Florida State.
(On handling the ODU pressure) “I would like to compliment our team’s work ethic and there is no player that came in harder than Davis-Cain.
(On limiting T.J Jordan) “We watched a lot of film on her coming in and TD (Davis-Cain) got her out of her rhythm and made her take tough shots.
(On her post play) “I just came in and played hard and was able to be successful. I tried to play tough defense and be a factor on the boards.
(On stopping T.J Jordan) “Defense wins games. Our coaches preach that to us everyday in practice and we knew we had to stop Jordan to be successful. We were able to do that well.
Old Dominion Lady Monarchs
Head Coach Wendy Larry
(Opening Statement) “More often than not, when you out-rebound a team and take more shots than a team, sometimes you get that “w”. In our situation today, the ball wasn’t friendly to us and going into the basket at times when you really need to get a break for yourselves. We had some crucial turnovers at critical times and that’s somewhat about us. Obviously, it was a disappointing loss.”
(On Florida State’s shooting) “I think we knew that certainly, they had good shooters. We were a step slow in our zone, finding them and pointing them out. Give credit where credit is due. I thought they shot the ball exceptionally well and it wasn’t just their three-point shooters. Miller shot the ball in the mid-range as well as we’ve seen her on game tape. So there were probably some easy touches for her, but we were more concerned with her power game than we were with her mid-range. Obviously, an adjustment that we needed to think about.”
(On whether or not there was a mental breakdown by the team as the game progressed) “Two possessions, we turned the ball over unforced. (Turnovers) can make or break you. In a game like this, against a very good basketball game, you’ve got to take care of the ball. It was really critical that our seniors step up. In a game like this, it’s very important that they show us the way.”
(On why she was having three-point shooting trouble) “Well, I don’t think it was anything that they did. I mean, they rushed at me a couple of times, but I took my time, but they just didn’t fall.”
(On what was going on in her mind when she walked off the court in her final collegiate game) “For me, it was my last collegiate game and me and Tish, we played hard. We gave our everything.”