Feb. 3, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. –
An eight-minute stretch without a basket to start the second half spoiled an otherwise solid offensive showing by the Florida State women’s basketball team in its Atlantic Coast Conference affair at Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, that second-half dry spell was the difference as the Seminoles dropped a 83-73 decision to the Yellow Jackets on Sunday (February 3) at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
The Seminoles had their three-game winning streak over Georgia Tech snapped as they fell to 14-7 overall, 4-3 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets improved to 18-4 overall, 5-3 in the conference.
“I thought a couple of our young freshmen came in and really sparked us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Otherwise I don’t think we got the effort we needed from any player on the bench or on the court. I could give you any number of reasons why that happened, but it was inexcusable.”
Leading the team with her ninth game in double figures in a row was junior Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) as she put up a career-high 28 points on a personal-best six three-pointes. Following her was sophomore Alysha Harvin (Dania, Fla.) with 13 points and forward Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) added 12.
Monroe also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Guard Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) issued a team-high four assists while Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) and Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) handed out three each.
An impressive first half from the floor led the Seminoles to a 50 percent (23-of-46) to 45.3 percent (29-of-64) advantage in shooting. Florida State was nearly automatic from free throw line, hitting 78.3 percent (18-of-23). The Seminoles were also sharp from three-point range, nailing 52.9 percent (9-of-17).
After Harvin made the first basket of the game just 15 seconds into the contest, the Seminoles went more than two minutes with out a point. That allowed Georgia Tech to go on a 8-0 run to claim an 8-3 advantage. The Yellow Jackets stretched their lead to seven (10-3), but the Seminoles turned the tide by playing strong defense to pull even.
Harvin nailed a pair of three pointers and Davis-Cain knocked down two herself to even the game at 15-15 with 12:55 remaining. Florida State would go on a 7-3 run with Monroe’s lay up at the 11:21 mark giving the Seminoles a 22-18 advantage. The Yellow Jackets went on a 5-0 run of their own to claim a 23-22 advantage with 10:24 to play.
The two teams would trade baskets over the next eight minutes. Georgia Tech went on a 7-0 to grab a 35-31 advantage at the 4:56 mark, but rookies Courtney Ward and Christian Hunnicutt (Jonesboro, Ga.) each nailed a pair of free throws to knot the game at 35-35. A Ward jump with 2:42 remaining tied the game at 37, but the Seminoles would only get two points the rest of the way as Georgia Tech took a 44-39 advantage into the intermission.
Leading all scorers in the first half was Davis-Cain as she poured in 15 points, including a trio of three pointers. Harvin was next with 11 points while Monroe added six. Williams dished out four assists and Mara Freshour was the leading rebounder with three.
Both teams were blazing from the field in the first half with Florida State holding a 64.7 percent (11-of-17) to 51.5 percent (17-of-33), but the difference was Georgia Tech made as many field goals as Florida State took. The Seminoles shot 85.7 percent from the line (12-of-14) and a first-half season-high 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from behind the arc.
The two teams grabbed 11 rebounds, but six of Georgia Tech’s came on the offensive glass. FSU had 15 turnovers – eight coming from Yellow Jacket steals – to Georgia Tech’s 10, but the Seminoles actually got more points off turnovers, 13-8. The Yellow Jackets had an 18-10 margin in points in the paint.
Similar to the start of the game, the Seminoles got the first points of the half, only to let Georgia Tech respond with a run. Following a pair of Freshour free throws at 19:13, the Yellow Jackets went on a 17-0 run over the next 8:17 to open up a 61-41 lead. Florida State would get as close as seven twice during the last two and half minutes, including 80-73 at the 1:15 mark on a Harvin lay-up, but it could not complete the comeback.
Florida State returns to the Donald L Tucker Center on Thursday (Feb. 7) when it plays host to NC State in a 7 p.m. contest. The contest is FSU’s Think Pink game with monies raised from ticket sales, silent auction and a Shots for the Cure fundraiser going to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.