Dec. 17, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. — No. 23 Florida State fell 84-65 at Washington in a hostile environment Sunday afternoon in a battle from the tip-off. The Huskies, winners of their last four straight games, including two victories over Top 25 opponents, took advantage of their home court and defeated the Seminoles to improve to 7-4. With the loss, FSU fell to 10-2. The Seminoles were led by Shante Williams’ 14 points and nine rebounds.
“I think they’re the best team that we’ve faced so far,”ÂÂ? Williams said. “They came out clicking on all cylinders. We were a little flat starting the game out and our main focus was to stop their guards and there post players stepped up and did a great job especially on the offensive boards.”
Washington had the edge on the boards the entire game and outrebounded Florida State 40-38, including 20 offensive boards. The Seminoles led 9-6 early in the game and again at 11-10 and then the Huskies went on an 8-0 run to pull ahead by seven with 13:11 left in the first half. After falling behind as much as 12, FSU pulled to within with just under five to play in the first half but trailed nine at the break at 47-38. The Huskies continued their dominance in the second half and led by double digits the final 17:33 of the ball game.
The Seminoles suffered 23 turnovers in the loss and managed just nine assists. Washington attempted 18 more shots than Florida State and had 21 assists on the afternoon. Starting guard Cameo Hicks had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies while Andrea Plouffe and Cheri Craddock added 18 and 15 points, respectively, off of the bench. UW took care of the ball and had just 12 turnovers.
“I thought Washington was just extremely active,”? FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I just really credit the energy that they came into this game with. I thought that was the difference in this basketball game. It was the little things. The fact that they got offensive boards, that’s something that makes a great basketball team. As a veteran group, I think they’ve learned a lot playing on the road against tough teams and that’s what we need to do too. We needed to come on the road and play against a tough team and that’s what we got today.
“Their execution on the offensive end was better than we’ve seen on film. Their patience was that of a veteran basketball team and that will take them a long way.”
The game was very physical and 44 fouls were called between the two teams. Fifty-one free throws were also attempted by the two teams combined. FSU rookie Jacinta Monroe, who fouled out of the game, also scored double digits for the Seminoles with 12 points.
The Seminoles will continue their road trip with a 10 p.m. (EST) tilt at San Francisco (3-7), Wednesday, December 22nd. USF will play at Cal State Fullerton before hosting FSU.