Feb. 1, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Despite 20 strong points from Trinetta Moore and
several comeback attempts, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell
66-60 to 10th-ranked North Carolina at Carmichael Auditorium Sunday
afternoon. FSU went to 10-10 overall and 3-6 in ACC play while UNC improved
to 17-3 overall and 7-2 in league action.
“It was a great basketball game,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “You saw
two teams fighting really hard. What you want is to give yourself an
opportunity to win and I’m proud of my team for that. I’m pleased that we
were in that situation on the road.”
The Tar Heels scored the first eight points of the game as FSU didn’t get on
the board until the 15:52 mark. UNC took an early 11-2 lead but then Moore
went to work. The senior scored FSU’s first eight points to ignite a 10-0
Seminole run and a 12-11 lead with just under 12 minutes on the clock. What
followed over the next three minutes were five lead changes. On a bucket by
Camille Little, who led all players with 14 first half points, UNC regained
the lead at 19-18 with 8:22 on the clock and had the advantage the rest of
the half. Despite scoring just eight points the rest of the half, the
Seminoles were within two points at 28-26 thanks to a three-pointer at the
1:19 mark by Holly Johnson. UNC ran off six straight in the final 58
seconds with a Leah Metcalf three-pointer and three free throws for a 34-26
halftime lead. FSU was charged with 11 first half fouls to the Heels’ six
which resulted in UNC going 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. The Tribe was
just 1-for-3. UNC shot 48 percent and had an 18-16 rebounding edge. Led by
Moore’s 12 points, the only Seminole to score more than one field goal in
the half, FSU shot 40 percent.
The second half started much like the first as the Tar Heels increased their
lead to 10 points. Trailing 39-30, it was once again Moore, who scored
eight early second half points, who got the Seminoles started. FSU ran off
seven straight to pull within two at 39-37 with 14:07 left in the game. The
Tribe would pull within a bucket three more times and then two free throws
by Lauren Bradley put FSU within a point at 46-45 with just under nine
minutes to play. Freshman Alicia Gladden was also instrumental with seven
points in the first 10 minutes. North Carolina scored six unanswered to go
back up seven but the never-say-die Seminoles came back yet again. This
time, FSU was able to force a tie when a Linnea Liljestrand three-pointer
banked in at the 4:36 mark, making it 54-54. With the score tied at 56-56,
the Tar Heels again ran off six unanswered and led 62-56 with 1:22 left.
Bradley, who scored FSU’s final six points, and the Seminoles’ one last
effort came just short. The Tribe pulled to within two at 62-60 with under
30 seconds to play but had to foul and UNC made its free throws to seal the win.
Bradley finished the game with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds.
Freshman Shante Williams, who played 29 minutes, had seven assists and four
steals. FSU shot 41 percent for the game and evened the rebounding at
38-38. UNC’s Little led all players with 27 points and nine rebounds.
FSU will host No. 2 Duke at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4th at the
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.