Jan. 25, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team suffered its third straight ACC loss, falling 73-62 to Georgia Tech on Sunday evening at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles fell to 10-9 overall and 3-5 in the ACC while the Yellow Jackets went to 11-8 and 2-5 in conference play.
“We did what we wanted to do, holding (Tech leading scorer) Fallon Stokes,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Defensively, we held her but then (Megan) Isom came up big. Being inconsistent on the offensive end continues to hurt us. We pulled ahead by five points in the second half and to lose focus at that time just baffles me.”
Except for two ties, Florida State led the entire first half and had a 32-30 advantage at halftime. Behind seven first half points from both Tasheika Allen and Shante Williams, the Seminoles built a lead of as many as 12 points at 25-13 with 5:22 on the clock. Georgia Tech’s Megan Isom hit three of her four first half three-pointers in the final four minutes to help put the Yellow Jackets right back in the game. The Tribe managed just seven points in the final 4:27 of the half. Led by Isom’s 12 points, Tech shot 40 percent for the half and had a 16-15 rebounding edge but suffered 13 turnovers. FSU shot 48 percent for the half.
FSU scored the first five points of the second half to go up five at 35-30 but Tech responded to score five straight of its own and tied the game on another Isom three-pointer. Then no more than two points separated the two teams for the next six minutes until Tech’s Kasha Terry hit a jumper to give the Jackets a 51-48 lead. With that bucket, Terry scored six of Tech’s next nine unanswered points and the Yellow Jackets went up 10 points at 58-48 with under eight minutes remaining. FSU didn’t score for nearly three minutes, missing from everywhere, including the free throw line. Finally, Trinetta Moore hit a lay up to pull the Tribe within eight points. Georgia Tech then ran off seven of the next 10 points to build its largest lead of the game at 12 points with 4:27 remaining. The Seminoles tried to make a run as Moore and freshmen Ronalda Pierce and Alicia Gladden combined for FSU’s next seven points to pull within six with just over a minute remaining, but it was too little, too late. The Tribe was forced to foul and Tech scored its final seven points, six by Isom, from the free throw line.
Williams led FSU with 14 points and seven rebounds while Allen added 13 points. Tech’s Isom led all scorers with 20 points. FSU shot just 27 percent in the second half to go 37 percent for the game. Tech finished the game at 43 percent and had a 38-34 rebounding edge.
The Seminoles, who have played three games in the last six days, will have a short break and will not get back into action until they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday, February 1st at 2 p.m.