Dec. 28, 2005
BRONX, NY – A weeklong hiatus from the court proved beneficial for the Florida State women’s basketball team (8-3) as it held Fordham University (4-6) to a season-low 14 first half points in a decisive 73-50 victory against the Rams at Rose Hill Gym Wednesday evening.
The Seminoles, who forced a season-high 24 turnovers and recorded a season-best 18 steals, held the Rams to a low 32.1 shooting percentage.
“I thought we had an outstanding practice yesterday,” said Florida State head coach Sue Semrau. “Our players made a commitment to the defensive system and it seemed as though we were clicking on all cylinders…especially in the first half.”
Senior Ganiyat Adeduntan emerged as the true factor on both sides of the court for FSU after opening up the game with back-to-back 3-point baskets. Her 16 points and 10 rebounds marked the fourth straight game she recorded double figure points.
“Ganiyat came out of the gates focused,” said Semrau. “She opened the game with two straight 3-pointers and immediately found her swagger. I thought she played really well on both ends of the court tonight.”
Florida State controlled the tempo of the game from the beginning and led by as many as 25 points (41-16) at the 18:47 mark in the second half. The Seminoles, who played pressure defense and shutdown the scoring lane, allowed Fordham to score just two baskets in the final nine minutes of the first half.
Senior Vanessa Silva paced the Rams with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Florida State converted 27 points off of turnovers.
The Seminoles return home to face Lipscomb on Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:00 p.m.