Jan. 15, 2007
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Seminole sophomore Tanae Davis-Cain led a strong team effort as she scored 16 points to lead Florida State to a 70-60 ACC win over Virginia Tech Monday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum. She was one of five Seminoles who tallied double figures in the victory as the Seminoles improved to 14-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, including two key road victories in league play. Virginia Tech fell to 11-8 overall and 1-3 in league action.
“It’s very important to get a road win in the ACC,” Davis-Cain said. “It’s always tough coming into anybody’s gym and trying to play for the win. It’s hard but it’s just so important.”
The final 20 minutes of the game was a back and forth battle. FSU extended its four-point halftime lead with the first bucket of the second half but then the Hokies went on a 13-2 run to regain the lead for the first time since the 17:17 mark of the first half. Virginia Tech led 44-38 with 15:35 left in the game and what followed were three ties and three lead changes. Mara Freshour hit a lay up with 4:34 on the clock to give the Seminoles the lead at 57-56 and FSU outscored the Virginia Tech 13-4 the rest of the way.
“We told our players that this was going to be a game of runs and that it was,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau, who earned her 150th career victory, said. “I thought that our veterans really stepped up and we got very good bench play from Jacinta Monroe.”
Joining Davis-Cain in the double figure scoring department were freshman Jacinta Monroe with 12 points, junior Shante Williams with 11 points and 10 points each from both senior Alicia Gladden and sophomore Britany Miller. Williams and Gladden led the team with seven rebounds apiece as the Seminoles finished the game with a 38-37 edge on the boards while shooting 50 percent for the contest.
The Seminoles led by as many as nine points in the first half but went into the locker room with a 34-31 halftime advantage. Williams paced the Seminoles with seven points, six rebounds and three assists while Davis-Cain added seven points. Florida State enjoyed balance in the first half with six players contributing four or more points. The Seminoles shot well at 50 percent and had a 19-14 edge in rebounding but scored just four points in the final 4:50 of the half which allowed the Hokies to claw back into the game.
The Seminoles will travel to Clemson, S.C., Thursday, January 19th for a 7 p.m. game with the Clemson Tigers.