Dec. 6, 2007
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –
For the second game in a row, the Florida State women’s basketball team made a valiant effort to come back from a double-digit deficit on the road only to fall short. The Seminoles made a run at No. 11 Texas A&M in the second half, but dropped an 80-67 decision on Thursday (Dec. 6) at Reed Arena.
The loss dropped Florida State to 6-3 on the year as it suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Texas A&M improved to 7-1.
Leading the way for the Seminoles in the scoring column was guard Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) with 18 points. Getting into double-digits for the second game in a row after missing four-straight contests was center Britany Miller (Tallapoosa, Ga.) as she scored 14 points. Also getting into double figures was guard Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) at 13.
Topping the Seminoles in rebounding was Miller at six boards, followed closely by Davis-Cain with five. Handing out a career-best eight assists was guard Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.). Florida State had a season-high nine blocks with Miller tying her career high of five blocks.
For the first time since February 23, 2000, Florida State shot 50 percent and lost a game. The Seminoles’ out-shot Texas A&M 54.3 percent (25-of-46) to the Aggies 47.1 percent (33-of-70). FSU’s last loss when shooting 50 percent was a 78-74 decision to North Carolina when FSU hit 55.7 percent.
The Seminoles had one of their better nights from the free throw line, hitting 78.9 percent (15-of-19), which was needed to overcome a 6-to-2 deficit in three-point shooting. Texas A&M also held a 33-28 advantage on the boards and scored 34 points off 24 Florida State turnovers.
It was a rough start to the game for the Seminoles as they had more turnovers (five) than points (four) in the first four minutes. A two-minute dry spell in between FSU baskets allowed Texas A&M to extend its lead to 10-2. The margin would hit double digits (17-6) at the 15:55 mark.
The lead would grow to as many as 16 points on two occasions with FSU cutting it to nine twice with the final coming with 13 seconds left on a traditional three-point play by Williams. Unfortunately, the Aggies hit a three at the buzzer to take a 50-38 lead into the locker room. The 50 points are the most scored by an FSU opponent since December 21, 2003, when Fordham scored 50. FSU came back to win that game 88-77.
Scoring half of FSU’s points in the first half was the duo of Miller and Williams as they scored 10 points each. Davis-Cain added eight. Rookie Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) had a team-best three rebounds and three assists. Freshour dished out five helpers.
Thirteen Florida State turnovers led to 21 points for the Aggies, compared to just four points off turnovers for the Seminoles. FSU out-shot Texas A&M 65.2 percent (15-of-23) to 52.5 percent (21-of-40), but the Aggies compensated by hitting four three pointers to none for FSU.
Out of the break the Seminoles quickly cut into the Texas A&M lead. A Freshour jumper at the 14:57 mark sliced the margin to 58-52. Unfortunately, the Seminoles would not score another basket for nearly five minutes as the Aggies pushed the margin back to 14 (66-52). The closest FSU would get the rest of the way was 10 points (66-56) on a Monroe jumper with the lead growing to as many as 21 (79-58).
The Seminoles are off for 10 days now as the student-athletes complete fall semester final exams. Florida State is back in action on December 16 when it takes on Alabama State at 2 p.m. The game can be heard on 100.7 FM and at Seminoles.com.