Jan. 27, 2005
MIAMI, Fla. – No. 19th- Florida State played another close game but this time, the Seminoles fell short, falling 62-57 to Miami Thursday night at the Convocation Center. The loss snapped an FSU five-game winning streak and the Seminoles went to 18-3 overall and 5-2 in the ACC. The Hurricanes went to 9-10 overall and 1-5 in league play.
“I just want to congratulate Miami,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought they were hungry. I thought they played with a lot of desire. They just took us out of our offense when they were matched in their man defense and we didn’t get the kind of shots we wanted in rhythm. Fundamentally, we were very poor tonight on both ends of the floor and I thought they (Miami) really earned it, really deserved it and did a tremendous job rebounding the basketball and that was the difference in the ball game.”
The Seminoles led 31-28 at the break but never got things going in the second half and did not lead by more than three points. The Hurricanes took their first lead since the first bucket of the game with 14:10 left but FSU responded with a Hodges three-pointer.. Miami’s next lead was at the 5:46 mark and the Hurricanes would not trail again. UM leading scorer Tamara James had 14 of her 18 points in the second half but it was Yalonda McCormick led all players with 23 points and seven assists. She played the entire 40 minutes. Six of the `Canes final 10 points were from the free throw line. Miami outrebounded FSU 35-29. FSU shot 46 percent from the field but attempted just 44 shots the entire game.
“I think we caved into fatigue tonight,” Semrau said. “We had played three and half games in last eight days with the overtimes games and we can’t give into that and we did give into it tonight.”
Miami scored the first bucket of the game but that would be the Hurricanes’ only lead of the first half. Behind the solid play of Adeduntan, the Seminoles pulled ahead by 11 at 28-17 with 8:28 left in the half. FSU led just 15-14 when the Seminoles went to work. Adeduntan got things started with a three-pointer and FSU scored eight unanswered and 13 of the game’s next 16 points. But it was not to be a runaway. The Tribe scored just one more bucket in the final eight minutes of the half on a Hodges’ three-pointer and had the slim three-point lead. Adeduntan led the team with nine first half points. FSU shot 50 percent for the half but Miami had a 15-14 edge on the boards.
“They (UM) went on a 6-0 run to end the half,” Semrau said. “I thought that was really part of the momentum shift right there. When we were up 10, that’s the time when we really needed to make our run because anytime you’re at someone else’s place, it’s always tough when it’s a close ball game.”
FSU will have to regroup quickly as the Seminoles will host Virginia on Monday, Jan. 31st at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“They’re a tremendous group of young ladies,” Semrau said. “They just fight and find a way. Then there’s going to be times when it’s going to give and there’s no shame to come down here and lose a basketball game. We’ve got to refocus. We’ve got to get back to the little things that made us a really good basketball team – good enough to win 18 ball games. It’s an adjustment that we have to go home and make.”