Feb. 13, 2006
Two points, two fouls. The Seminoles scored the game’s first two points but before they could score again, freshman center Britany Miller picked up her second foul. She went to the bench and Virginia Tech went to work. The Hokies, now 17-6 overall and 4-6 in ACC play, took control and took control early in their 76-69 win over Florida State Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU had four players score in double figures led by Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 17 points but it was not enough and the Seminoles had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 15-8 on the season, including 6-4 in ACC action.
“This was a disappointing loss for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I felt like we were not who we are on the defensive end of the floor. We don’t give up 76 points. We don’t allow teams to shoot 52 percent and that’s what happened tonight and anytime we allow that to happen, we can expect to get beat.”
The Seminoles trailed 36-26 at halftime and were outscored 8-2 in the first minute and a half of the second half. Tech’s Carrie Mason hit one of her six three-pointers with 18:33 left in the game to put the Hokies up 16 points at 44-28. Mason led all scorers with 27 points. Virginia Tech led by double digits until a lay up by Shante Williams at the 8:22 mark cut the Seminoles’ deficit to nine points at 55-46. FSU missed a couple of opportunities to get even closer, missing three of its next four free throws and Mason hit back-to-back buckets to put the Hokies back up 11 and back in control. A three-pointer by Adeduntan with 49 seconds left in the game put FSU within four points at 71-67 but Virginia Tech made its free throws down the stretch.
“I thought Carrie Mason was the best I’ve ever seen her,” Semrau said. “Obviously, she missed just one shot. Her shot selection was tremendous. She hit big shots when she need to. She hit all of her free throws. She ran the team and she did a great job. Virginia Tech did a good job of making the extra pass which is shown by the 18 assists. That’s what you’ve got to do against a defense that’s going to come at you. That’s to penetrate and then find the next one. They did a tremendous job of that.”
With the score 10-10 early on, Virginia Tech went on a 16-5 run to go up 11 at the 9:17 mark of the first half and the Seminoles had to play catch up the rest of the game. They did make an immediate attempt to get back into the game with eight unanswered points, five of which were scored by Adeduntan, and got to within three points at both the 5:14 mark and the 4:34 mark but Tech closed out the half with seven straight points and went into the locker room with the 10-point lead.
FSU’s Alicia Gladden had a strong first half with eight points and finished the game with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Holly Johnson and Britany Miller scored 12 and 10 points, respectively for the Seminoles. Dawn Chriss added 17 points for the Hokies while Kerri Gardin recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
FSU had the rebounding edge at 37-34 but allowed Virginia Tech to shoot 52 percent from the field.
FSU will host Miami Friday, February 17th at 8:30 p.m.