Jan. 4, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Florida State women’s basketball team opened ACC play on the road Thursday night and did so in convincing fashion, defeating Boston College (10-5, 0-1 ACC) 72-53 at Conte Forum. Senior Alicia Gladden and Mara Freshour led the team with 15 points each as the Seminoles improved to 12-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play.
“With all of the things we had to overcome tonight with the loss of Angel Gray, Shante Willliams’ sickness and our bus getting into an accident on our way to the game, I thought our young team showed a great deal of maturity,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Many players stepped into different roles and many players saw more minutes than they’re accustomed to and put together a team effort that saw four players score in double figures while committing just five turnovers.
“Boston College has a very successful program and the excitement of opening the ACC at a place we’ve never been added to our focus and adrenaline coming into the game.”
Florida State put together a solid team performance as five players scored eight or more points, four of which were in double figures. Joining Gladden and Freshour in the double figure department were freshmen Jacinta Monroe with 14 and Alysha Harvin who had 10 points for the second straight game.
The second half belonged to Freshour, who scored all of her 15 points in the final 20 minutes. FSU led by nine points at the break and by 11 or more the final 7:56 of the game. FSU’s largest lead was 20 at 70-50 with 1:40 left to play. FSU shot 56 percent in the second half on the way to 48 percent to the game and had a good night at the line at 73 percent.
Freshour also led the team with six assists. Junior Nikki Anthony had eight rebounds to lead the Seminoles who had a 38-32 advantage on the boards.
The Seminoles led 34-25 at halftime and shot 41 percent in the first half. FSU had a 24-20 rebounding edge and had 10 assists and just three turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Boston College scored the game’s first six points and it looked like it was going to be a long night for the Seminoles but Coach Semrau called a 30-second timeout at the 18:23 mark of the first half and had a talk with her team. Whatever Semrau said must have worked because the Seminoles came back onto the court more focused and settled down and played Seminole basketball. FSU earned its first lead of the game at 11-10 as Alicia Gladden got her first bucket. The Seminoles fell behind again at 17-13 and then went on a 12-2 run, including nine unanswered points, to go up six points and led the rest of the half. Back-to-back three-pointers by Tanae Davis-Cain helped the Seminoles maintain that lead. She and Harvin each had two buckets from long range and finished the half with eight points apiece. Monroe, who started the game as Shante Williams was sidelined in the first half with the flu, also had eight points.
FSU will host Miami (9-7, 0-1 ACC) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be televised on Sun Sports.