January 5, 2004 - by
Seminoles Fall To No. 1 Duke, 79-66

Jan. 5, 2004

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DURHAM, N.C. – Seminole freshman Shante Williams scored a career-high 18 points and senior Tasheika Allen added 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds, but the Florida State women’s basketball team fell to No. 1 Duke, 79-66, at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday night. FSU fell to 7-6 (0-2 ACC) while the Blue Devils improved to 11-1 (2-0 ACC).

Florida State fell behind 9-2 early and Duke had its first double-digit lead at 17-6 at the 12:25 mark. The Blue Devils led by double digits the last 11:22 of the first half including their largest lead of 24 points at 36-12. The Seminoles went on a 9-0 run, with Genesis Choice scoring five of those points, to pull within 15 with 3:07 in the half and were down 41-23 at the half. The Tribe shot 41 percent from the field but was plagued by 15 first half turnovers. Choice led the way with seven points while Allen had six points and four rebounds. Duke was led by Alana Beard’s 12 points and the Blue Devils had a 22-16 rebounding edge.

The Seminoles played much better basketball in the second part of the second half. Duke went up as many as 30 points at 64-34 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game, but FSU did not give up. Sparked by a Ganiyat Adeduntan three-pointer, the Seminoles went on a 9-1 run over the next three minutes but trailed by at least 21 points until about four minutes left to play. A Williams’ lay up and two free throws by Allen put the Seminoles within 17 points with 3:46 on the clock. The Seminoles had back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and Adeduntan to end the game. FSU closed the gap in rebounding with Duke finishing the game with just a 36-35 advantage. The Seminoles also shined from the free throw line, turning in a season-high 88 percent for the game on 15-for-17. FSU finished the game with 18 second chance points after having just four the entire first half.

Beard led Duke with 18 points as the team shot 45 percent from the field.

FSU will travel to Clemson on Thursday, January 8th for a 7 p.m. match up with the Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum.

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