Feb. 9, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team may not have had its prettiest win, but it was certainly an important win as the Seminoles improved to 18-6 overall and 7-2 in the ACC with a 63-52 victory over Georgia Tech (14-10, 5-5 ACC) Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU outrebounded Tech 40-32 but suffered a season-high 30 turnovers.
“Obviously, a very ugly win but I’m very pleased with the fact that our inaccuracy offensively did not affect us on the defensive end of the floor and that was huge for us tonight,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “If we can continue to do that when our offense doesn’t affect our defense, then we will always have a chance.”
Senior Alicia Gladden led the Seminoles with 14 points while Shante Williams and Mara Freshour added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Williams scored 11 of her points in the second half and went 9-for-10 from the free throw line for the game as the Seminoles shot a season-high 80 percent from the line. Britany Miller added eight points, a team-high eight rebounds and three blocks to the Florida State effort.
“This was a season-high for us percentage-wise from the free throw line and when people step up with confidence and hit those shots, it’s huge for us,” Semrau said. “Shante (Williams) wanted to step up and hit those shots which I thought showed a lot of poise after not having probably her best shooting night.”
A 50 percent second half shooting performance helped the Seminoles increase their six-point lead to double digits with 18:03 left in the game. FSU came out of the locker room for the second half and scored eight of the first 10 points. Free throws by Jacinta Monroe gave the Seminoles their largest lead at 42-25 but as they did in the first half, the Yellow Jackets made a run. A three-pointer by Jill Ingram with 9:16 left in the game pulled Georgia Tech to within 14 points and it was Ingram again who hit a lay up to make the score 44-38, capping off a 13-2 run for the Yellow Jackets. The six points was the closest Tech would get because in the final 6:01 of the game, the Seminoles made their free throws and went 15-for-18 from the from the charity stripe in that stretch.
Florida State had a 25-19 lead at halftime but judging on how the game started, it could have been a much larger margin. The Seminoles had a 15-4 lead at the 10:39 mark and then fell apart. Georgia Tech went on 13-0 run to go up by two points with 6:20 left in the half. A steal by Gladden, which resulted in a lay up and the fourth tie of the half, sparked the Seminoles who outscored the Yellow Jackets 8-2 the rest of the way. While FSU had a 22-10 rebounding advantage at the break, the story of the first half was turnovers. With 17 mishaps, the Seminoles had more turnovers in the first half than they average per game. Tech added 13 turnovers itself which made for a very sloppy 20 minutes.
The Seminoles will host No. 2-ranked North Carolina (24-1, 8-1 ACC) Monday, February 12th at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally, including FSN Florida.