Jan. 22, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Florida State women’s basketball team gave the No. 3- ranked North Carolina Tar Heels all they could handle Sunday but a bad day at the free throw line and a letdown offensively in the final 10 minutes of the game resulted in a 68-51 loss for the Seminoles at Carmichael Auditorium. FSU fell to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in ACC play while the Tar Heels remained perfect at 18-0 and 5-0 in league play. Alicia Gladden recorded her second double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Florida State.
The Seminoles remain winless on the road in the ACC (0-3) but all three contests have been against teams ranked in the top six in the nation.
“I’m certainly pleased with the effort of our team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve had a difficult stretch. I thought we had good shots and a good game plan but I thought we went away from it at times. It was a great basketball game, you know a six-point game at the last media timeout. I didn’t think our intensity ever went away.”
The Seminoles trailed by just three at 50-47 with 9:45 left in the game but scored just four points the rest of the way. Even with its struggles from the field late, Florida State was still within six points at 55-49 with 3:37 remaining but the Tar Heels ran off 11 straight points before Holly Johnson scored the Seminoles’ last bucket.
FSU went to the three-ball in its comeback attempt but couldn’t get any balls to drop and went 2-for-14 from the three-point line. Ganiyat Adeduntan, who didn’t score in the second half, went 1-for-7 from beyond the arc including 0-for-4 in the second half. The Seminoles also struggled from the free throw line, going 2-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes and 3-for-12 overall.
Florida State did command the boards and finished the game with a six-rebound advantage at 44-38. Along with Gladden’s team-high 10 rebounds, Nikki Anthony was also instrumental in the rebounding effort with nine big boards in just 12 minutes of play. Rookie Britany Miller added 12 points and six rebounds.
“I was really proud of our rebounding effort,” Semrau said. “That was one of our keys. We felt like we needed to rebound the basketball and we needed to take more shots than they did and we did those things. Obviously the free throw line wasn’t good to us. We didn’t get there very many times and obviously hitting only three free throws in a game, you’ve got to hit free throws on the road in order to win.”
The Seminoles scored just five points in the final 10 minutes of the first half but trailed just 32-28 at the break. FSU came out shooting. After FSU was the tip, Adeduntan got things started early with a jumper just seven seconds into the game. Florida State led by as many as six points at 23-17 when Shante Williams rebounded her own miss under the basket and slashed back in for a lay up in heavy traffic at the 10-minute mark. The Tar Heels outscored the Seminoles 15-5 the rest of the way. UNC’s Erlana Larkins and Ivory Latta accounted for 13 of the 15 points during that run. Adeduntan and Gladden each had eight points to lead the Tribe in the first half. FSU also had a 23-15 advantage on the boards and had eight steals.
Larkins finished the game with 22 points for the Tar Heels.
“I thought my two centers did a nice job on Erlana,” Semrau said. “She’s just got a lot of power to her and a lot of skill to go with that power. I think she’s one of the best post players in the country and she’s tough to stop.”
Florida State will not play again until Jan. 29th when they face Virginia in Charlottesville at 1 p.m.