Jan. 5, 2006
DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State women’s basketball team held the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils to more than 10 points under their season-average but fell 87-68 Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. FSU went to 9-5 on the year and 0-1 in ACC play while Duke improved to 13-0 and 2-0 in league play. Duke had won its last six games by 55.6 points per game and the closest a team has gotten to the Blue Devils at home was 32 points early in the season.
“Obviously, they’re the No. 2 ranked team in the nation for a reason,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Gail (Goestenkors) always does such a fabulous job with her team and this team’s no exception. When you look at the size that they have and their versatility, there’s something special with a team like that. Duke’s scores have been very lopsided and coming into our first ACC game after a tough loss for us in Gainesville, I’m just very proud of the way my team competed. The one thing we ask them to do is battle and I thought they battled extremely hard tonight.”
Ganiyat Adeduntan led FSU with 17 points while Tanae Davis-Cain added 10 points off of the bench. Alicia Gladden and Britany Miller added nine points apiece and Gladden, along with LaQuinta Neely, led the Seminoles with six rebounds.
A slow second half start really hurt the Seminoles who had closed out the first half with six unanswered points to pull within 49-35. FSU went 1-for-8 in the first 4:15 and went down by as many as 23 points at 65-42 with 13:36 left in the game. A stingy Seminole defense however, turned into a potent offense for the Tribe. FSU went on an 11-2 run to again pull within 14 with 10:26 left in the game. The Seminoles were sparked by Gladden’s four straight points during the run. Shante Williams also made her presence felt and her break-away lay up with 6:01 on the clock brought the difference in the game to 12 points. Duke’s size and depth were too much down the stretch and the Blue Devils scored six of their final 12 points from the free throw line.
Back to back three-pointers by Duke’s Monique Currie, who finished the game with a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and two free throws in the opening minute of the game set the tone for the Blue Devils as they had an 8-0 lead right out of the gates. Duke connected on all four of its three-pointers in the first seven minutes of the game. The Seminoles went to the long ball as well, hitting five treys in the final 11:45 of the first half, including three of them by Adeduntan, who had a team-high 13 points in the first 20 minutes. The Seminoles were within 13 with just under four minutes left in the half when the Blue Devils went on a 6-0 run to open the game up and had a 19-point advantage. Duke went up 20 at 49-29 with 1:32 left in the half but the Seminoles closed out the period with six straight of their own to close the gap to 14 points at the break. A much smaller FSU lineup kept pace with Duke on the boards and the teams were even at 19 apiece after the first half.
Duke finished the game with a 44-38 rebounding edge and shot 53 percent for the game. The Seminoles had more offensive rebounds and had the edge in three-point shooting, 6-5.
FSU will host Virginia (11-1) Sunday, January 8th at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.