Nov. 30, 2006
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a night in which leading scorer Britany Miller fouled out with four points and two rebounds and floor leader Shante Williams played just the first half because of illness, the Florida State women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 65-60 in overtime, at Mississippi State (4-1) at Humphrey Coliseum Thursday night.
“I thought Mississippi State did a good job of pressuring us up and they did a good job of going to the offensive rebounds,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “And they got to the free throw line a lot more than we did and I thought that was the difference in the basketball game.”
The Seminoles led by as many as nine early in the second half but Mississippi State’s Imesia Jackson scored a career-high 30 points, 15 of which came in the final 20 minutes, and had 11 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to the victory. Mississippi State went to the free throw line 31 times on the night and had as many opportunities at the charity stripe in the second half (17) that Florida State had for the game.
MSU shot 75 percent from the field in the overtime and held the Seminoles to just 20 percent and outscored FSU 11-6.
Senior Alicia Gladden recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds but the Seminoles struggled without an inside presence as the players in the post combined for just 14 points. Britany Miller, Jacinta Monroe and Nikki Anthony each played seven or fewer minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
“We need to keep our big girls on the floor,” Semrau said. “We were in pretty deep foul trouble all the way throughout. Shante was sick in the second half and she was our leading scorer and rebounder in the first half. We had an IV in her in the second half and as a young team, it’s good for us to continue to grow.”
Despite the adversity, the Seminoles led 28-25 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs were in the bonus with 8:12 left in the half and had 14 free throw attempts in the first 20 minutes. FSU led early at 7-2 but MSU crept right back in with the solid play of Jackson who had 12 points and five rebounds in nine minutes of play.
The Lady Bulldogs went on a 14-4 run that put them up 16-11 with just eight minutes to play and with Miller, Monroe and Anthony all on the bench with two fouls apiece, it was a sick Shante Williams and Gladden who kept the Seminoles in the game. Williams, who didn’t play in the second half, scored nine points in the final 7:58 of the half and added five rebounds and three steals in the first half and went 5-for-6 from the free throw line while Gladden added eight points, three rebounds and two blocks. Cayla Moore played a valuable nine minutes in the first half and grabbed five rebounds and had a block.
The Seminoles will continue their road as they travel to Greenville, N.C. to participate in East Carolina’s Lady Pirates Invitational. FSU will face 2-4 Fairfield in first round action at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 2nd.