Feb. 8, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team scored the first six points against Clemson and led the entire game on its way to a 65-50 win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Led by senior Trinetta Moore’s 13 points and 11 rebounds, the Seminoles improved to 12-10 overall and 5-6 in ACC play and have now swept the Tigers for the second straight season. Clemson fell to 15-7 overall and 5-6 in league action.
“This was a significant win for us, obviously coming off the big win with Duke and especially since Clemson was ahead of us in the standings,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It was a big game for us to get and I’m proud of how my team came out and defended and I thought that was the difference in the basketball game.”
The Seminoles led by double digits the final 32:05 of the game after building an 11-point advantage at 17-6 in the first half. In the second half, FSU quickly built on its 12-point halftime advantage, outscoring the Tigers 15-4 in the first five minutes, to go up 23 at 44-21. Senior Tasheika Allen, who went scoreless in the first half, was instrumental in the run with eight of those points. FSU led by as many as 23 points three more times over the game’s next three minutes. Moore, who had just a bucket at halftime, exploded for 11 second half points, including a stretch of six straight at around the six-minute mark. Freshman Shante Williams’ seven second half points put the point guard in double digits at 12 points. She also led the way with six assists.
After jumping out to an early 11-2 lead, including four points from both Alicia Gladden and Lauren Bradley, the Seminoles went into the locker room with a 29-17 halftime lead and held Clemson to just 20 percent shooting from the field. Clemson scored just six points for the first 13 minutes of the game. FSU led by as many as 16 points twice in the final two and a half minutes of the half, but Clemson scored the last four points to pull within 12 at the break. Six different players scored for the Seminoles and 10 players saw action. Gladden and Bradley led the way with eight points apiece as FSU shot 45 percent. Moore had seven rebounds to lead the Seminoles who had a 21-13 advantage on the boards. Lakeia Stokes led the Tigers with seven points.
Gladden finished the game with 10 points to join Moore and Williams in the double-figure department. Thanks to 52 percent shooting in the second half, FSU shot 48 percent for the game and outrebounded Clemson, 39-34. In addition to Moore’s game-high 11 rebounds, three different Seminoles recorded six boards in the effort. The Tigers were led by Stokes’ 11 points.
The Seminoles will travel to College Park, Md., to face the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday, February 12th at 7 p.m.