Feb. 4, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida State’s six-point loss to North Carolina gave Duke coach Gail Goestenkors a bad feeling about Wednesday night’s game with the Seminoles.
Shante Williams helped confirm her fears.
Williams had 20 points and eight assists to help the Seminoles upset second-ranked Duke 80-74 Wednesday night, ending the Blue Devils’ 51-game winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
“I think they’ve been waiting to have a game like this,” Goestenkors said. “I was very concerned that they were ready to break out and they certainly did.”
Trinetta Moore added 15 points for Florida State, which ended a four-game losing streak. The Seminoles (11-10, 4-6) hadn’t beaten Duke since Feb. 8, 2001 – also Florida State’s most recent win over a ranked team.
“I think our attack was tremendous, it didn’t let up,” Seminoles coach Sue Semrau said. “That was the difference between the game here today and at Carolina.”
Mistie Bass had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Alana Beard scored 22 for Duke (17-3, 8-1), which committed 16 turnovers – including a costly giveaway in the final minute.
Bass’ 3-point play with 46 seconds remaining brought Duke to 74-73, and the Blue Devils then forced a turnover to get the ball back with a chance to reclaim the lead.
“I thought Moore and Bradley worked really well together,” Goestenkors said. “Having those two inside caused a lot of problems for Carolina (on Sunday) and they certainly did for us tonight as well.”
Tasheika Allen and Bradley had 14 points apiece, and Ronalda Pierce added 10 for Florida State, which shot 57.4 percent. It was a season-high shooting percentage allowed by Duke, which limited 13 of its last 15 opponents to less than 40 percent from the floor.
Duke led 54-51 with 12:40 remaining, but the Blue Devils went nearly six minutes without a basket and lost the lead for good. Beard’s layup with 6:10 left tied the game at 60, but the Seminoles responded with a 7-1 run over the next two minutes.
Florida State was winless in five games against ranked opponents this season and 0-3 against top-10 teams. Duke was the highest-ranked opponent the Seminoles had ever beaten.
“This is a wake up call,” Beard said. “I think we probably walked into the game thinking we can beat anybody.”
POST GAME QUOTES
Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors:
“Congratulations to Sue (Semrau) and her team. I just thought they played an excellent game. I think they’ve been waiting to have a game like this. I saw the Carolina game and I thought they played a very similar game. They had more turnovers which cost them the game over at Carolina, but other than that, I thought they played an exceptional game. So I was very concerned going into this game that they were really ready to breakout and they certainly did. They got help from everybody. Their entire bench and all of their starters, I thought they played so well together. They just made us pay for every one of their mistakes. I just give them congratulations. They did a great job.”
“Against Carolina, I just thought they were playing really good team basketball. Their post player, (Trinetta) Moore, in particular, was 10-for-12 from the floor, so they were utilizing their post more than they had in the past. I thought Moore and (Lauren) Bradley work really well together. Having those two inside caused a lot of problems for Carolina and they certainly did for us tonight as well.”
“We certainly lacked energy tonight. This is our third game in six days, but that’s life in the ACC. Everybody had this tough part in their schedule and this just happens to be one of the tough parts for us. There’s really no excuse. We have a nice bench, normally. They didn’t really help us as much as we needed tonight.”
(On Shante Williams) “First half, she scored a lot out of penetration and I thought she hit a couple of unbelievable shots. I said, that okay because I don’t think those are very high percentage shots. So we just wanted to try to keep her on the outside. Every time she penetrated, she either scored or hit somebody for a lay up. She had a fantastic floor game. Other than her turnovers, I thought she did a great job.”
Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau:
“That’s a pretty good basketball team. I’m really kind of speechless because I am just proud of the fortitude of this team’s mind. We talked about persistence. A lot of people might say, well they didn’t have Iciss Tillis and I will say, we didn’t have Genesis Choice. I’m just so proud of the way we fought. I am disappointed that we gave up 15 offensive rebounds. It was almost like we tried to give the game away at the end, but Lauren (Bradley) hit key free throws for us down the stretch. I thought our attack was tremendous. It didn’t let up and that was difference between our game here today and at Carolina our Saturday. We got tentative when we got close and instead of getting tentative, we attacked this time and came up with a big win.”
(on free throw shooting) “Let’s just say the right people were at the free throw line. We work on free throws a lot. Lauren (Bradley) is a great free throw shooters. She ranks second in the conference in free throw shooting. I know Tasheika (Allen) is up there as well.”
“I watched Lauren (Bradley) and Netta (Moore) at shootaround today and it was as if our post players were back and I thought, gosh, this is what we have been waiting for.”
“Again, I am just so proud of my team and their persistence. After losing those three at home, we could have gone ahead to the next year and the seniors could have just been like, well we are just not going to be able to do it. That week in practice, they went really hard. We went back to the fundamentals and came out with a lot of confidence at Carolina which game us confidence tonight.”
“We had five players in double figures, but one of the most unsung heroes on the court tonight was Ganiyat Adeduntan and the job she did on Alana Beard. At one point, she looked at me like `I’m not sure I can go another second.’ But for Ganiyat to step and be big on the defensive end is as big as anything we did on the offensive end.”
“We talked about the last two games as games that could change our year. We missed the last one just by a hair and to be able to get this one is a huge momentum changer for us. It gives us an opportunity to do some things that we’ve wanted to do all year.”
FSU senior forward Lauren Bradley:
“I think tonight is what we are capable of doing and what we have been talking about all year. The ACC, you just never know what’s going to happen. It’s kind of crazy. It’s what we have been talking about all year. I am confident in this team and we know what we are capable of and we showed it tonight. This is definitely a big win as a senior. It’s just feels awesome. Like Coach Sue said, I am just proud of the team. We fought hard, we fought back and we kept attacking. We weren’t hesitant and I thought that was huge.”
FSU freshman guard Shante Williams:
“I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates and my coaches because they prepared us for this game. We work on situations where we are up two, down two and Coach Sue always preaches, clock and score. We were just focused. We just came together. We knew we had to stick together in the last two minutes because they were going to make you or break you and that’s what we did.”
“It just doesn’t really matter to me. I feel like whatever I have to do for us to win, that’s what I am going to do. If it’s rebounding, making an assist, making free throws, I’m going to do it.”