Aug. 27, 2005
CARUGATE, Italy – Carugate presented height, speed and depth and in front of a standing room only capacity crowd, the Seminoles put on a show in their last game of the Tour of Italy. The Tribe ran off the game’s first 10 points and recorded a 103-45 victory Friday night. Carugate cut the lead to within two points early on but back-to-back three-pointers by Holly Johnson and Tiffiny Buckelew blew open the game. Alicia Gladden led the way with 21 points and had seven steals but five Seminoles in all managed double figures.
“Tonight’s game gave us a lot better competition than our last game,” Johnson, who had 15 points, seven assists and three steals, said. “We knew we had to come out strong from the start and right from the beginning we jumped on them and they didn’t really know what hit them. They kept with us a little bit but we just kept playing hard. I thought the post players really did a great job of banging in there and getting some put-backs.”
Christie Lautsch led the inside attack with 15 points while Ganiyat Adeduntan led the rebounding effort with 11 boards and added 15 points for a double-double. Hannah Linquist pulled down double-digit rebounds for the second straight game with 10.
“It was just a great effort and a good way to finish the trip,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “Top to bottom, I thought we got better every game we played. A lot of different people stepped up and showed us different things. Alicia Gladden through the four games was tremendous and really showed signs of greatness and I thought we had different people step up every night. Holly (Johnson) and Quint (Neely) saw the floor extremely well tonight and our defensive effort got better and better as we played.”
Once again, all nine Seminoles scored in the win. Also recording double figures were LaQuinta Neely who had perhaps her best game of the tour with 12 points, seven assists, five steals and five rebounds. Tiffiny Buckelew continued her solid shooting from beyond the arc and had 11 points.
“Our younger players, Nikki Anthony, Christie Lautsch, Shante Williams, they all continue to really step up and Tiffiny Buckelew, being able to step out and be a consistent threat from the three-point line has been huge,” Semrau said. “So I’ve really liked what I’ve seen and I am excited to get back and use this momentum going into our season.”
FSU led 59-30 at the half and outscored its opponent 22-4 in the third quarter. Friday’s contest marked the only game of the tour that the Seminoles reached 100 points. Overall, the Tribe averaged 97.8 points per game. The Tribe will depart Milan late morning Saturday and should touch down in Tallahassee at approximately 10:30 p.m.