Nov. 25, 2003
HARTFORD, Conn. – Florida State senior Tasheika Allen scored a team-high 21 points and junior post Genesis Choice grabbed nine rebounds, but No. 1 Connecticut proved to be too much for the Seminoles who fell 81-53 Tuesday night at the Hartford Civic Center.
The Seminoles gave the Huskies all they could handle in the first half. Allen was on fire, scoring 12 of FSU’s first 18 points, but after being called for two quick fouls, she scored just two points the rest of the half. The first half saw seven lead changes, but it was the last three minutes of the half that made the difference in the game. Connecticut led 35-33 when Diana Taurasi and the Huskies turned it on. UConn hit three straight three-pointers and outscored the Seminoles 15-2 in the final 3:24 of the half. Taurasi had 27 points at the break, including 5-for-7 from three-point range. The Seminoles had the edge in the rebounding department with a 14-13 advantage and both teams shot well with FSU at 58 percent and UConn at 57 percent.
“When they (UConn) made their run at the end of the first half, they were doing what they do best and what Florida State did as a result of that was that we tried to do too much out of what are system is,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Part of that is because of a very young, very talented freshman point guard who is going to do great things for our program. I think as many mistakes as we made in that position, she did a lot of great things for us too. I am very proud of this program and where we’ve come. I’m excited about our future. It’s only November and we need to be getting ready for January and February.”
Florida State could not get anything going offensively in the second half and scored just 18 points. The Huskies hit nine three-pointers in the game. Taurasi scored a game-high 31 points and added six assists and four rebounds.
“What didn’t she (Taurasi) do,” Semrau asked. “Thirty-seven of their 50 first half points went through her. Five assists, 27 points. We put our two best defenders on her and she just did a tremendous job.”