Dec. 6, 2005
TULSA, Okla. – In its first road game of the season, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell to 6-2 on the year with an 80-71 loss to Tulsa (5-1) Tuesday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
“It was a tough loss for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I think the first road games are always difficult. We got great looks at the basket but shots just didn’t drop and when they didn’t drop, I thought that affected us on the defensive end of the floor and that’s not something we can allow to happen. We’ve got to dictate on the defensive end of the floor. We put them at the free throw line far too many times.”
Florida State struggled from the field the entire night and shot a season-low .320. Except for an early 4-4 tie, the Seminoles trailed the entire game. FSU leading scorer Britany Miller got in early foul trouble and had a season-low two points before fouling out of the game with 4:14 remaining. Holly Johnson led the Seminoles with 14 points and six assists while Mara Freshour scored in double digits for the second straight game with 13 points and five rebounds. Ganiyat Adeduntan and Tanae Davis-Cain added 10 points apiece.
Leading 34-32 at halftime, the Golden Hurricane opened the second half with a 15-8 run and had its largest lead at 49-40 with 15:02 left in the game. The Seminoles had been playing catch up the entire game and went on a 7-2 run of their own to pull within four points with 12:29 left but Tulsa remained hot from the field and big on the boards and scored 12 of the game’s next 13 points holding the Seminoles without a field goal for the 7:08 of the game. The Seminoles used three-pointers to get back into the game but had to foul down the stretch. Tulsa outrebounded FSU 49-27 and scored 25 of its points from the free throw line.
“Nikki Anthony had two fouls as well (after the first half) and we really thought we’d come out rested and ready to attack (in the second half), but I thought we made some defensive errors that we hung our heads with,” Semrau said. “You’ve got to learn how to fight when you’re on the road and you’ve got to learn how to fight when calls aren’t going your way and when shots don’t drop.”
With 33 percent shooting from the field in the first half, the Seminoles trailed by as many as eight points four different times but a 5-0 run to close the half put FSU within two at 34-32 at the break when Davis-Cain hit a jumper at the buzzer. Tulsa’s Jillian Robbins, who led all players with 18 points and 19 rebounds, lit it up for the Golden Hurricane in the first 20 minutes and had 11 points and paced the team with eight rebounds. TU scored its first four points on free throws as the Seminoles picked up two quick fouls, playing aggressive on both ends of the court. Tulsa had the early advantage on the boards but strong free throw shooting (8-10) kept the Seminoles in the game. Freshour sparked the team off the bench and hit two big three-pointers.
“This will be a great learning experience for us,” Semrau said. “Right now, we’re not the team we want to be in March. We challenged our kids to step up and learn from this and Tulsa’s a great basketball team.”
FSU will break from action for final exams and will play next at Florida Atlantic on December 17th at 7 p.m.