Dec. 29, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In its final game of the year 2003, the Florida State women’s basketball team won and did so in convincing fashion with an 80-42 victory over Troy State Monday evening at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU junior Genesis Choice led all players with 18 points and 11 rebounds. With the win, FSU improved to 7-4 while the Trojans fell to 1-6 on the season.
“We felt like this was a game where we had to try to gather some momentum going into the conference season,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we played hard and I thought our defense holding them to 23 percent was very good especially playing a lot of different players. I am just pleased with our overall effort which leads us to really get ready for what’s coming up.”
The Seminoles only trailed once in the game and that was 2-1. From that point on, FSU went on a 14-0 run and led 15-2 at the 12:17 mark. The Trojans pulled to within 10 at 16-6 with just under 10 to play, but the Tribe responded with another streak. This time it was a 20-0 rally that put FSU up by its largest advantage of 26 at 32-6 with 3:40 left in the half. Troy State closed out the half outscoring Florida State 11-2, but still trailed 34-17 at the break. FSU shot 48 percent for the half and outrebounded Troy State by a 28-11 margin. The Trojans shot 25 percent from the field. Eight different Seminoles scored in the first half but it was Genesis Choice who led all players with 11 points and six rebounds. Trinetta Moore, who scored four of her points in FSU’s second run, had seven first half points.
All 12 Seminoles saw playing time in the second half. Troy State kept the margin under 20 points for the first three and a half minutes but then Florida State took control for good. With the score 38-21, FSU’s Lauren Bradley, Ganiyat Adeduntan and Alicia Gladden combined for the Tribe’s next 13 straight points and the Seminoles led by 30 with 13:31 left in the game. Troy State pulled to within 24 points with just under 11 minutes remaining but could get no closer. The Seminoles led by 30 or more points in the final eight minutes of the game, with its largest lead of 40 coming with 14 seconds left on the clock. Choice continued to dominate both offensively and in rebounding. She, along with fellow post players Ronalda Pierce and Hannah Linquist scored 11 consecutive points for Florida State in a five-minute stretch during the second part of the second half. Pierce had eight points and seven rebounds in the second half to finish the game with 10 points and eight boards in 13 minutes of play. Moore finished the game with 10 rebounds and nine points. Adeduntan, in her first start of the season, added nine points and five rebounds. Point guard Shante Williams had five assists and no turnovers to go along with her six points and five rebounds.
Florida State shot 53 percent for the game and outrebounded Troy State by 34 (59-25).
The Seminoles will ring in the New Year in Tallahassee before departing for Atlanta, Ga., for a 7 p.m. contest with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday, Jan. 2nd. As always, the game can be heard in Tallahassee on Newsradio AM-1270 or via the Internet by visiting www.seminoles.com.