November 12, 2006 - by
Seminoles Dominate Boards In 93-77 Win Over UAB

Nov. 12, 2006

Box Score

The Florida State women’s basketball team jumped out to a solid start in the 2006-07 season with a 93-77 win over UAB Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in the season-opener for both teams. FSU’s twin towers, sophomore Britany Miller and freshman Jacinta Monroe, combined for 51 of the team’s 93 points with 28 and 23 points, respectively. Monroe made it a 20-20, adding an amazing 21 rebounds to the effort. She had as many rebounds as UAB had as a team.


“It’s fun to be flanked by these two (Miller and Monroe), that’s for sure,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “The way that they’ve developed the connection on the court and the way that they make everybody else better makes us a better basketball team. Especially as a young team, we need them to do the things that they’re doing right now in order to win basketball games. We’re not very satisfied with where we are defensively but because of the effort that these two put in, not only on the defensive end, but the offensive end, we were able to win a basketball game against a very tough team.”


With Monroes dominance on the boards, Florida State outrebounded UAB 62-21 and the

Seminoles shot 51 percent for the game, thanks to a 63 percent second half performance.


“We talked about wanting to be plus-12 (in rebounding) and when you’re plus-41, they overachieved but it was because of that, that we were able to win this basketball game,” Semrau said. “You look at our shooting percentage and it was because we got second-chance shots and just the commitment that they’re making to that is paying huge dividends.”


Florida State recorded 35 second-chance points and scored 52 points in the paint.  FSU trailed 39-38 at halftime but junior Shante Williams made a jumper just 10 seconds into the second half to give the Seminoles a lead they would never surrender.  Williams also recorded double-figures with 15 points and a team-high five assists.


“Our team has a lot of confidence in these two players (Miller and Monroe) in the post and we have a lot of confidence with Shante’s ability to penetrate and find people and get shots on her own,” Semrau said. “I think those guys have really established themselves and it will open things up for Mara (Freshour), Tanae (Davis-Cain), Alicia (Gladden), all of those people are very capable as well.”


Monroe had a double-double at halftime with 12 points and 10 boards in 14 first half minutes. She shot 77 percent (10-for13) from the field and 75 percent (3-for-4) from the free throw line. The record for rebounds in a single game is 24, set by Levys Torres vs. Coppin State on December 28, 2000. Torres, a senior at the time, also scored 24 points in the game.


“I was just trying to get it done for my team and the coaching staff,” Monroe said. “At halftime, we knew we weren’t doing what we could have done as a top 10 rebounding team so our coach got after us and we pulled together at halftime and played to our capability.


“Our team did a great job of boxing out, so I was just finding the open spots, grabbing the boards and going. They made it easy for us.”


Several Seminoles contributed to Sunday’s victory. Gladden had eight points and eight rebounds and Nikki Anthony, who played 13 minutes, made her presence felt inside with six points and seven strong boards.


“Nikki has worked extremely hard too,” Semrau said. “Nikki had three offensive boards which is something that is very normal for her. She does it in practice everyday. She defends very well. She’s playing her role great to come in and spell Britany and that’s exactly what we need. It’s very selfless.”


The Seminoles will travel to New York Monday and will play Fordham Tuesday night at 7:00. The game can be heard live on WNLS AM 1270 in Tallahassee or by accessing

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