Jan. 18, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Shante Williams hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds left in the game which proved to be the game winner as the Seminoles edged Clemson, 61-60, Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers, who led by as many as 11 points in the second half, got a shot off at the buzzer but the ball hit off the rim giving Florida State its 15th victory of the season. The Seminoles, now 15-3 overall, remain perfect in ACC play at a school-record 4-0.
“With a young basketball team and we go on the road and we miss shots and free throws, we tended to get down on the defensive end which allowed Clemson to get some buckets that they should have gotten,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “That’s where the deficit grew and it wasn’t until Alicia Gladden, Shante Williams and Jacinta Monroe really stepped up. We found a way to win and that’s something to be proud of as is to stay undefeated in the ACC but Clemson gave a great test tonight.”
Senior Alicia Gladden led all scorers with 21 points and freshman Jacinta Monroe added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds off of the bench. Sophomore Mara Freshour also recorded double digits with 11 points, including a clutch three-pointer late in the game.
Williams, who finished the game with six points, had missed two free throws in the first half as the Seminoles shot a dismal .571 from the free throw line on 16-of-28.
Clemson led the majority of the game. The Tigers increased their six-point halftime lead to 11 points, surpassing their largest lead of the first half which was 10 points, with 13:27 left in the game. Then Gladden and Monroe took over. FSU went on a 14-2 run to regain the lead at 47-46 on a Britany Miller three-point play with 8:53 left in the game. Monroe had six points and Gladden five during the stretch. Several lead changes and ties followed but then the Tigers’ hit back-to-back jumpers putting them ahead 60-56 with 1:22 left to play. The Seminoles decided to foul early and it worked in their favor. Clemson missed the front end of a one-and-one and Freshour hit the Seminoles’ only three-pointer of the game with 46 seconds remaining. Another missed Clemson free throw gave the Seminoles the ball with 27 seconds left and Williams was fouled going up for a jumper in the lane.
Gladden had 10 first half points but she was the only Seminole who came to play as the Florida State trailed 33-27 at the break. FSU led 10-9 at the 14:53 mark but then allowed the Tigers to scored 10 unanswered points. Clemson led by as many as 10 points three times midway through the half. The Seminoles battled back and a chance at a Shante Williams’ three-point play and two technical foul shots helped FSU pull to within single digits. Down three, Jacinta Monroe rebounded a missed Williams’ free throw and put the ball right back up and in to make the score 28-27 in Clemson’s favor with 2:36 left in the half. The Seminoles were held scoreless for the remainder of the half.
Clemson outrebounded FSU 40-38 but shot just 33 percent from the free throw line. The Tigers were led by D’Lesha Lloyd’s 17 points and nine rebounds.
The Seminoles will travel to Duluth, Ga., Sunday, January 21st for a 12:30 p.m. non-conference tilt with the Georgia Bulldogs. The contest is part of the ACC/SEC Russell Athletic Shootout.