Jan. 23, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite a 22-point first half lead and a balanced scoring attack, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 82-80 to Virginia in overtime Friday night at the Leon County Civic Center. FSU fell to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in ACC play while the Cavaliers went to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in league action.
“This was one of the most devastating losses that I can remember in my coaching career,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “You’ve got to credit Virginia, their heart and hustle and believing they could win. I was surprised we jumped out to a 28-6 lead, but there’s no excuse. I thought we got complacent.”
The Seminoles came out ready to play and scored the first 14 points of the game. Senior Tasheika Allen led the charge with six of those points from all over the floor. UVA got on the board for the first time at the 14:01 mark, but struggled offensively most of the half. FSU built its largest lead of 22 points when the Seminoles had a 28-6 advantage with 8:13 on the clock. Behind the solid play of Kate Kreager, Virginia went on a 10-2 run to pull within 14 with under three minutes to play in the half. Kreager had six points in the run. Allen hit another jumper to give her a team-high eight points but the Cavaliers scored the final four points of the half to get within 12 points at 32-20 at the break. FSU shot 45 percent for the half and had a slight rebounding advantage at 18-15. UVA, led by Kreager’s eight points, shot 35 percent from the field.
Florida State maintained a comfortable double-digit lead for much of the second half, but Virginia didn’t give up. After going 0-for-6 from three-point range in the first half, the Cavaliers hit seven treys in the second half and overtime period as well as going 15-for-16 from the free throw line. FSU led by 15 at 53-38 with 9:37 remaining when the Cavaliers went on a 9-0 run to pull within six with just over six minutes remaining. The Seminoles responded with a 10-2 run that put them back up by 14 with 3:48 to play. Still trailing 11 at 65-54 with 3:29 left, the Cavaliers outscored FSU 13-3 over the next two minutes to tie the game, during which time UVA made two three-pointers and six free throws. FSU regained the lead on a Shante Williams lay up with :48 left, but UVA’s Anna Crosswhite tied the game at 70-70 just 14 seconds later. FSU turned the ball over with six seconds remaining but LaTonya Blue missed a three-pointer and the game went into overtime.
The Tribe went up five in the first two minutes of overtime when Allen hit the Seminoles’ only three-pointer of the game, but Virginia’s next two buckets from from beyond the arc. Safiya Grant-Farley gave UVA its first lead in overtime at 80-79, with a jumper at the 1:20 mark and FSU’s Williams forced the overtime’s third tie with one of two free throws with 30 seconds left. With two seconds left, Blue missed a jumper but got her own rebound at hit a lay up with two-tenths of a second remaining. The Seminoles could not get a shot off.
FSU shot 50 percent for the game and had a 40-33 rebounding advantage, but the game was won from three-point range and the free throw line. FSU went 1-for-9 from the three-point line and 17-for-25 from the charity stripe. UVA was 7-for-22 on threes and 17-for-18 on free throws.
Williams led FSU with 19 points while Allen had 15. Lauren Bradley added 12 points and nine rebounds. UVA was led by Kreager’s 19 points.
FSU will host Georgia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 25th at 5 p.m.