Feb. 13, 2005
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Holly Johnson hit a 10-foot jumper with 2.5 seconds left in the game to give No. 24 Florida State (21-5, 7-4) a come-from-behind 71-69 victory over Wake Forest (13-10, 2-8) Sunday afternoon at Joel Coliseum. The Seminoles, who were led in the game by Roneeka Hodges’ game-high 26 points, came back from a 10-point deficit with 3:43 left to earn the win.
“I just loved our fight and our continued development of a championship mentality,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We weren’t shooting the ball well but then we were able to come back and get the defensive stops and the steals that we needed. Wake Forest did a really good job at doing what they do best. We didn’t always defend their three-point shooters the way we would have liked to but to be able to find a way at the end of the game to get a win was big. The way players stepped up down the stretch said a lot about the versatility of our team and the heart that these players have.”
Hodges didn’t score in the final 3:34 but played solid defense which was a major factor in the FSU’s run.. The Seminoles scored eight straight points and played solid defense and did not allow the Deacons to get a shot off during that stretch.
The comeback started with two free throws by Alicia Gladden with 2:41 left in the game. Johnson followed with a three-point play to pull the Seminoles within five and then Adeduntan drained a three-pointer at the 2:02 mark. With the score 67-65, Wake’s Cotelia Bond-Young hit a lay up to put the Deacs back up four. Gladden got fouled on a strong move to the basket and hit both free throws. Another Wake turnover allowed Adeduntan to tie the game with one minute remaining. Wake had a chance to break the tie but missed a jumper with 34 seconds left, setting up the final play for the Seminoles.
Hodges added 11 rebounds to her effort for her second double-double of the season while Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded her second straight double-double and fifth of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson and Alicia Gladden, who had a team-high six assists, added 10 points apiece. Bond-Young led Wake Forest with 18 points and she hit four of the Deacons’ 10 three-pointers.
FSU led 31-30 at halftime but came out of the locker room cold offensively. The Deacs took advantage and went on a 10-1 run in the first 3:55 to go up eight. The Seminoles fought back to get within three points but Wake Forest answered again with the long ball. The Deacs matched their four three-pointers from the first half in the first 10 minutes of the second half and also rebounded much better to maintain control of the game. Wake Forest had its first double digit lead at 52-42 with 10:11 remaining in the game and went up by as many as 14 with 5:46 on the clock. Hodges was the only player for Florida State who could get anything going offensively in the first half of the second half and even scored 11 straight points early on for the Seminoles.
Florida State led most of the first half but just couldn’t seem to pull away. Every time FSU built a lead, the Demon Deacons would hit a three-pointer to put themselves right back into the game. The Tribe had its largest lead of 27-18 at the 5:35 mark with a three-point play by Hodges, who led all scorers with 13 first half points. Two of Wake’s final four buckets of the half were from long range, including one at the buzzer by Cotelia Young-Bond which pulled the Deacs within one point at the break.
FSU will play at NC State on Thursday, February 17th at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally, including Sun Sports in the state of Florida.