Feb. 22, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team had never recorded three straight 20-win seasons before but that all changed Thursday night on Senior Night when the Seminoles improved to 20-8 overall and 9-4 in ACC play with a 73-61 win over Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU finished 24-8 in 2004-05 and 20-10 last season. Clemson fell to 12-16 overall and 4-9 in league play.
Sophomores Britany Miller and Tanae Davis-Cain led the Seminoles with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Five Seminoles in all recorded double figures as senior Alicia Gladden, sophomore Mara Freshour and freshman Jacinta Monroe each added 10 points.
“It was a great night to honor Alicia (Gladden),” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Our team stepped up in different ways. Not only did our perimeter game step up and shoot the ball really well but Britany Miller was really strong for us on the inside and I thought that inside-outside game was the difference for us offensively. For Alicia, another 20-win season was really something special for someone who came into the program when she did. She had a lot of courage in saying ‘I’m going to change things’ and she’s done just that.”
Clemson cut FSU’s 15-point halftime lead in half in the first two minutes of the second half scoring the first eight points of the half but Gladden answered for the Seminoles and stopped the Tiger run. Florida State led by at least seven points, and by as many as 14, until 4:13 left in the game when Clemson cut the advantage to just six points but Monroe hit back-to-back shots to put the lead back at 10 and the Seminoles controlled the remainder of the game.
The Seminoles used the long ball to open up a 15 points halftime lead. Davis-Cain scored 16 first half points, including 4-for-4 in three-pointers and hit three straight, beginning a stretch in which the Seminoles made five straight three-pointers. FSU led 9-8 and the Seminoles ran off 16 of the game’s next 20 points and took a 25-12 lead at the 10:46 mark. Florida State pulled ahead by 16 points and then Clemson’s D’Lesha Lloyd hit two straight buckets to pull the Tigers within 12 at 36-24. FSU held the Tigers scoreless for the final 3:27 of the half and went into the locker room leading 39-24. The Seminoles shot 54 percent from the field and had a 20-12 rebounding advantage but did have 12 turnovers.
FSU finished the game with a 40-28 advantage on the boards and shot 48 percent for the game. The Seminoles’ six three-pointers were the most Florida State made at home in a home game this season.
Florida State will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., where the Seminoles will face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (9-18, 0-13) in the regular-season finale, Sunday, February 25th at 3 p.m.