Jan. 21, 2007
DULUTH, Ga. – Junior Shante Williams had 19 points but the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 70-65 to No. 16 Georgia Sunday afternoon at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in the 2007 Russell Athletic Shootout. FSU’s record went to 15-4 while the Bulldogs improved to 16-4.
FSU, which led the majority of the game, had a 10 point lead with just over five minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on as the Bulldogs ran off 13 unanswered points to go up 63-60 with 2:02 left in the game. The Seminoles pulled to within one on free throws by Williams but had to foul down the stretch. Georgia’s final seven points were from the free throw line.
“We played 35 minutes of basketball that we’ve played all year,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We stepped outside of conference and faced a very physical, very athletic Georgia team and I think we made strides forward. It hurts, hurts like crazy to lead for the majority of 35 minutes and not win the basketball game. If we allow it to, it will develop our character even further as we come up on this tough stretch in the ACC.”
Williams scored 15 of her team-high 19 points in the second half. Tanae Davis-Cain added 13 points, all in the first half, while Mara Freshour and Alicia Gladden tallied double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Led by Davis-Cain’s nine boards, the Seminoles outrebounded Georgia 54-39 but shot 52 percent from the free throw line on 13-of-25.
“I love the way my team rebounded today,” Semrau said. “I wish in the second half we could have kept Georgia off on some of those key rebounds. Their seven offensive rebounds in the second half came at critical times and that was, I thought, the difference in the game.”
With 13 points and seven rebounds in the first half, Davis-Cain came off the bench to spark the Seminoles who had a 33-21 advantage at the break. Rebounding was a factor as the Seminoles outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-16. FSU trailed 0-7 in the opening minutes of the contest and scored five unanswered to get back into the game. Down 11-8, the Seminoles ran off 12 straight points to go up nine and led by at least that margin the final 4:28 of the half. A three-pointer by Freshour gave FSU its largest lead at 15 with 2:32 left in the half.
The Seminoles will host No. 1 Duke Thursday, January 25th at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.