Jan. 12, 2004
Led by Tasheika Allen’s 25 points and Shante Williams 20 points and nine assists, the Florida State women’s basketball team handed Maryland its first ACC loss with an 82-77 victory over the Terrapins, Monday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU improved to 9-6 overall and evened its league mark at 2-2 while the Terps fell to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in ACC play.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my team’s effort,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Six of our last seven have been on the road, so it’s just good to be back home. I think Tasheika (Allen) felt a lot better about being back home. I am really proud of the way she’s continued to fight through what’s been a tough stretch for her. She came out and played really relaxed and I thought Shante (Williams) did a tremendous job of penetrating to pitch and finding her shots. Maryland is a very good team. They’re going to do a lot of damage in this league. This will be a big win for us down the stetch.”
The first half was nonstop action from the tip off. Allen was unstoppable in the first couple of minutes. With the score tied at 4-4, Allen launched and made a three-pointer as she scored FSU’s next eight points including six straight to give the Tribe a 10-4 lead at the 16:07 mark. FSU maintained a lead, but the Terrapins didn’t back down and kept it close. With the score 15-13 in FSU’s favor, Allen hit another trey which began an 8-2 Seminole run, giving the Tribe its largest lead of eight points at 23-15 with 9:12 on the clock. Ganiyat Adeduntan, Genesis Choice and Williams also scored in the rally but Allen suffered her second foul at 10:29 and had to sit the rest of the half. Then it was Maryland’s turn. The Terps went on a 12-2 run and regained the lead at 27-25 with 6:07 left. The next five minutes of the half saw four ties and two lead changes. With the score tied at 33-33, it was the FSU freshman that made perhaps the play of the game. Ronalda Pierce blocked a Kalika France three-point attempt and Williams charged down the court and fed Alicia Gladden who hit a lay up and was fouled for the three-point play. The Terrapins missed two foul shots on the other end of the court and Pierce hit a jumper in the lane to put the Tribe up five. Maryland head coach Brenda Frese saw something she didn’t like and reacted and she was charged with a technical foul. FSU’s Holly Johnson hit two free throw shots to give the Seminoles a 40-33 lead with 23 seconds and that was the halftime score. Although playing just eight minutes, Allen led all players with 13 points. FSU shot 58 percent and outrebounded Maryland 20-17. Williams led all players with eight assists. Maryland shot 32 percent and had three players with six points apiece.
Maryland scored the first seven points of the second half to tie the game at 40-40, but the Seminoles refused to let the Terrapins regain the lead. Williams hit two straight lay ups for Florida State but the Tribe couldn’t pull away and led by four or fewer points over the next eight minutes of the game. Leading 59-56 at the 10:57 mark, the Seminoles scored seven unanswered points, five of which were from the free throw line, to take its largest lead of the game at 10 points, 66-56, with 8:34 left in the game. But it was a game of spurts and Maryland was not about to back down. France, a freshman, went to work for the Terps and scored six of Maryland’s next 11 points. The Terps’ 11-2 run pulled Maryland to within a point at 68-67 with just under five minutes remaining. Williams then showed why she earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week honors. She scored eight of FSU’s next 10 points as the Seminoles outscored the Terrapins 10-4 and led 78-71 with 27 seconds on the clock. Maryland hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final 21 seconds but the Seminoles hit four free throws to seal the victory.
Florida State shot 55 percent for the game while Maryland shot just 39 percent. Rebounds were knotted at 35-35. FSU was led by Williams and Adeduntan, who had six boards each. France led Maryland with a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds.
The Seminoles will travel to Winston-Salem on Thursday, January 15th for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Demon Deacons.