Feb. 23, 2006
At least Florida State head coach Sue Semrau will have a smile on her face when she steps into her tent for the first time late Thursday night. That’s because led by freshman Britany Miller’s career-high 22 points, five Seminoles scored in double figures as Florida State secured a fourth-place finish in the ACC with a 70-57 over Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Wake Forest fell to 12-14 and 3-10 in ACC play while the Seminoles matched the program’s most ACC wins by improving to 9-4 in league play and 18-8 overall. Semrau will now live in a tent outside the Tucker Center until FSU sells 3,000 tickets for Sunday’s regular-season finale vs. No. 20 Boston College at 1 p.m.
“I’m proud of this team who, I think, early in the season, had every right to question whether or not we could finish in the top four of the conference,” Semrau said following the victory. “They set their minds to it, even as a young team, and said `we’re going to do what it takes in order to gel into a team that has strong chemistry and a team that has a solid worth ethic and a team that defends. And boy, they did that tonight.”
Sophomore Shante Williams contributed 12 points off of the bench while senior Ganiyat Adeduntan added 11 points and senior Holly Johnson and junior Alicia Gladden chipped in 10 points, apiece. Perhaps as equally impressive is what senior LaQuinta Neely did on Wake Forest’s leading scorer Cotelia Bond-Young. Coming into the contest, Bond-Young was averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game and went 0-for-10 and failed to score for the first time this season.
“Quint, holding Cotelia Bond-Young to zero points and zero threes, she leads the conference in three-pointers made per game, I just thought she did a tremendous job,” Semrau said. “I thought Ganiyat did a great job on Liz Strunk, another great scorer in our league. I thought she did a great job locking her up.”
The result of the game was never really in question. FSU scored the first nine points of the game with buckets by four different players and had its first double-digit lead at 12-2 with 13:12 on the clock in the first half. Wake pulled to within five points just three minutes later but Miller, who had 12 first half points, responded with a lay up and the Demon Deacons got no closer the rest of the game.
FSU led 36-26 at halftime and led by double digits the final 17:25 of the game. The Tribe’s largest lead was 17 points. The Seminoles shot 50 percent for the first time in ACC play this season at 51 percent for the game and had a 36-34 rebounding edge. For the third straight game, FSU shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line, going 10-for-14 Thursday night for 71 percent.
FSU has now finished fourth in the ACC regular-season four times, three of which have occurred in the last four years.
The Seminoles will conclude the regular season with a 1 p.m. tilt with No. 20 Boston College Sunday at the Tucker Center. The senior class will be honored 10 minutes before the start of the game.