Nov. 25, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State head coach Sue Semrau juggled the starting line up for Tuesday’s 11 a.m. match up with the Southeast Missouri Redhawks and it must have worked.
Solid post play and strong rebounding propelled the Seminoles (4-1) to a 62-31 win over Southeast Missouri (3-1) at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Junior forward Jacinta Monroe and freshman center Cierra Bravard combined for half of the Seminoles’ points with 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Monroe, Bravard and Courtney Ward all started their fifth straight game while junior Angel Gray and sophomore Christian Hunnicutt got the nod in place of senior captains Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain.
“I felt like (heading into Tuesday’s game) that our defensive effort wasn’t what it needed to be,” Semrau said, “and Mara and Tanae were part of that and Christian (Hunnicutt) and Angel (Gray) gave us great speed, they gave us the ability to defend and I think you could see what happened. We held them to 16 percent shooting and we have to play defense before we worry about offense.”
The Seminoles shot 52.2 percent from the field while holding the Redhawks to 16.9 percent from the field. FSU also had a 45-30 rebounding edge. Florida State enjoyed 36 points in the paint in all and got a lift from the bench players with 22 points.
FSU went into the locker room up 27-15 at the half thanks to a 14-2 run in the final 7:49 of the first half and in the second half, the Seminoles picked up right where they left off. Monroe and Bravard combined for 12 of FSU’s first 13 points in the second half while the Seminole defense held SEMO scoreless for nearly the first four minutes.
While Hunnicutt contributed five points, she led the team with nine rebounds and six assists, both career-highs. Freshman Kayli Keough came off of the bench and provided valuable minutes with seven points and four rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Florida State will travel to Ft. Collins, Colo., for the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational this weekend. The Seminoles face Murray State at 7 p.m. Friday and either Valparaiso or Colorado State Saturday night.