Jan. 2, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – When senior Alicia Gladden rebounded the ball and put it right back up and in to give the Seminoles a 30-4 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half, it was clear she and the Seminoles were ready to play Tuesday night. Freshman Jacinta Monroe led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Gladden added 14 points as the pair were two of four FSU players to score in double figures in leading Florida State (11-3) to a 67-39 win over High Point (6-7) at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“I saw more understanding of each other, I saw more fight,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said of her team’s performance. “It was great to be back in the friendly confines. We hadn’t seen this place in a long time and it was great to be home.”
Junior Nikki Anthony added 12 points and seven rebounds off of the bench for the Seminoles. An ailing Shante Williams, who is suffering from the flu, started the game but played just seven minutes, all in the first half. Rookie Alysha Harvin filled the void nicely and played a career-high 29 minutes and tied her season-high with 10 points, including 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
The Seminoles cooled off offensively in the second half and shot 35 percent for the game but continued its dominance on the boards, outrebounding the Panthers by 27. Sophomore Britany Miller added eight rebounds to her nine points in playing just 17 minutes. All available players saw action for Florida State. Freshman Angel Gray sat out with a knee injury she suffered recently in practice.
Florida State led 39-13 at halftime after shooting 46 percent from the field. It was the second lowest total of the season for an FSU opponent as the Seminoles had Fordham down 50-10 at halftime in the second game of the season. FSU was full aware of its height advantage over the Panthers, who don’t have a player who stands more than 6-1, and made good use of it as 20 of the Seminoles’ 39 first half points were from post players Monroe (9), Anthony (7) and Britany Miller (4). FSU also had a 22-12 rebounding advantage at the break, held High Point to 18 percent shooting from the field and forced 11 Panther turnovers.
“I thought with the combinations that we had wanted to see on the floor that we did a much better job of defending the three-point shot in the first half and anything in the paint,” Semrau said. “That’s what we’ve really been working on. We’ve also been working on rebounding the basketball and we had more offensive rebounds than we did defensive rebounds which I thought was huge.”
The Seminoles will return to the practice court Wednesday morning in preparation for Thursday’s 7 p.m. contest at 10-4 Boston College. The game can be heard on radio in Tallahassee on WNLS AM 1270 or can be watched via the internet on ACC Select.
“We felt it was really important for us to get a game under our belt before we head into ACC play after a 12-day layoff,” Semrau said. “I think we started to get some rhythm back. The ACC is going to be tough night in and night out. We have a lot of great teams in this conference and we’re excited about the challenge.”