Jan. 7, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team earned its third straight win and its third straight win over Miami with a 71-62 victory over the Hurricanes Sunday afternoon in ACC action at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU was led by senior Alicia Gladden who had 18 points and improved to 13-3 overall and 2-0 in ACC play while Miami fell to 9-8 and 0-2.
“Miami’s always a great rival for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “and I thought this game proved to be that – a rivalry game. Even though we were able to get a nice lead, I felt like they continued to fight back, and scratch and claw. They did a great job on the offensive boards and that’s something we need to address. Alicia (Gladden) and Mara (Freshour), though, we’ve had three games in six days, and they have turned into two completely different players than they were before Christmas and we wouldn’t be doing the things we’ve been doing without them.”
Florida State led the final 28:06 of the game including by as many as 18 points in the second half and gave the 2,123 fans in attendance a lot to cheer about with 10 blocks and with four Seminoles scoring in double figures. Rookie Jacinta Monroe scored in double figures for the third straight game with 13 points and added four blocks while Britany Miller and Mara Freshour contributed 10 points each. Point guard Shante Williams, who played 23 minutes off of the bench as she just recovered from the flu, led the way with nine rebounds and five assists.
The Hurricanes pulled to within single digits in the final 2:12 of the game and were as close as 69-62 with 51 seconds left but the Seminoles continued their fierce defense and Miller grabbed some key rebounds down the stretch. FSU’s defense held the `Canes to just 35 percent shooting from the field and caused 20 turnovers.
There were eight ties in the first half before the Seminoles seized control and went on to lead 40-28 at half. With the scored knotted at 21-21, Florida State went on a 19-1 run to go up 18 with 1:47 left in the half. Miami ran off six straight points to close out the half and went into the locker room down 12 points. Gladden and Freshour paced the Seminoles with 12 points each while Nikki Anthony grabbed six rebounds. Three of FSU’s four three-pointers in the first half came in the final 3:20 of the half when Gladden, Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain all connected from long range.
Florida State will get second semester classes underway Monday and will not play again until Monday, January 15th when they travel to Virginia Tech for a 2 p.m. tilt with the Hokies.