Feb. 12, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team fell behind early to No. 2 North Carolina and never recovered as the Seminoles fell 80-59 Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU’s record went to 18-7 and 7-3 in the ACC while the Tar Heels improved to 25-1 overall and 9-1 in league action.
“North Carolina is a great basketball team and they use their athleticism very, very well,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We hadn’t seen a team like that all year. Someone that pressed the entire game, used their length, used their quickness and we attacked it and got good shots but we couldn’t knock them down at a high speed and that’s something that we are going to have to continue to get better with if we are going to compete at that level.”
For Florida State, Mara Freshour had a team-high 12 points, followed by Shante Williams and Alicia Gladden’s 11 points apiece. Tanae Davis-Cain also managed double figures with 10 points. UNC was led by Ivory Latta’s 21 points as all five Tar Heel starters recorded double figures.
A 10-point halftime deficit quickly turned into a 23-point deficit as the Tar Heels outscored the Seminoles 19-6 in the first seven minutes of the second half. Florida State continued to struggle offensively but didn’t go down without a fight. Trailing 22 with 9:51 left in the game, the Seminoles gave it one more run and pulled to within 14 thanks to a three-pointer by Davis-Cain and back-to-back lay ups by freshman Alysha Harvin, who finished the game with eight points, but could get no closer. Down 15 and with 5:42 left, FSU center Britany Miller fouled out of the game with five points and five rebounds and North Carolina outscored FSU 15-9 the rest of the way.
Florida State shot 25 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and trailed 36-26 at halftime. After scoring the game’s first bucket, the Seminoles fell behind 15-4 with 12:57 on the clock and when they finally reached the 10-point mark, they found themselves down 16. UNC built a 20-point lead at 30-20 with 5:44 left in the half. Freshour, who had been all over the place in the first half, scored six of her 10 first half points in the final 2:34 to help the Seminoles pull within 10 at the break. Freshour also led the team with four rebounds and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
FSU finished the game shooting just 30 percent while the Tar Heels shot 67 percent in the second half on their way to a 55 percent shooting night. Florida State got the upper hand in the rebounding department with a 37-35 edge. For the second straight game, turnovers were a factor as both teams combined for 51 mishaps.
The Seminoles will host No. 6 Maryland (24-3, 8-3 ACC), defending national champions, Thursday, February 15th at 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. All tickets will be just $2.00 at FSU women’s basketball looks to produce its first-ever sellout.