Jan. 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team had a lot to celebrate Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Not only did FSU retire the jerseys of Seminole greats Tia Paschal and Wanda Burns-Jackson at halftime and honor head coach Sue Semrau throughout the game for her 10th anniversary at Florida State, but the Seminoles also beat Virginia for the third straight time in the series and with the 63-47 victory, improved to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in ACC play. UVA fell to 12-9 overall and 2-5 in the league.
“This was a great win for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We were being outrebounded by 10 at halftime which is something we are not used to but we came out much more aggressive on the boards in the second half and also shot much better.”
Senior Alicia Gladden led all scorers with 21 points while freshman Jacinta Monroe recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. While the Seminoles shot just 38 percent from the field, they were solid from the free throw line with a 78 percent showing.
Except for two ties, the Seminoles led practically the entire second half. Gladden continued her fine play with the first bucket of the second half giving the Seminoles, who trailed a point at halftime, the lead once again at 29-28. Virginia tied the game at 32-32 and 34-34 but Gladden’s bucket lay up with 12:36 left in the game gave the Seminoles the lead for good.
Ahead just one point, Florida State ran off eight straight points and ran away with the game. Virginia closed the gap to four at 46-42 but baskets by Shante Williams, who finished the game with 10 points, seven assists and four steals, and Mara Freshour and two free throws by Britany Miller, who added 10 points off of the bench, put the Seminoles up double digits and FSU led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
FSU led nine with 1:05 to play and scored the game’s final nine points, including a three-pointer by Williams at the buzzer.
Down 28-27, Florida State trailed at halftime for the second straight game. Monroe scored 10 of Florida State’s first 14 points as the Seminoles took a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Monroe, however, picked up her second foul with 13:02 left in the half and had to sit the rest of the way. And so did the Seminoles. FSU led 14-6 when Monroe went out of the game and scored just one point over the next five minutes and by that time, the Seminoles trailed the Cavaliers 18-15. UVA went up by as many as seven points at 26-19 with 3:07 on the clock but Gladden wouldn’t have it. The senior scored six of FSU’s next eight points as the Seminoles regained the lead 27-26 with under a minute to go but Virginia got the last bucket for the one-point advantage at the half.
The Seminoles will play their next two games on the road with the games at Miami (Feb. 1) and NC State (Feb. 5).