Dec. 7, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Highlighted by a record-setting performance by Tanae Davis-Cain, the Florida State women’s basketball team defeated Temple 86-67 in Philadelphia, Pa. Sunday afternoon.
FSU’s (7-2) triumph over the Owls (4-3) certainly wasn’t short on a storyline.
Davis-Cain will remember Sunday not just for the victory but also as the day in which she made history in front of a very special audience and busted out of an uncharacteristic slump.
The 5-foot-10 guard, whose mother lives in Philadelphia and was in attendance at the Liacouras Center with a host of other family members and friends, hit two first-half 3-pointers to officially move to No. 1 in the FSU record books for most 3-pointers made in a career – breaking the previous record of 134 triples held by Wendy Hampton.
Davis-Cain finished the day with a season-high 20 points but perhaps more importantly for the Seminoles, emerged from a 2-for-15 shooting slump that had plagued her over the past two ballgames.
She was 7-for-10 against Temple, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc.
“It felt good coming in to Philadelphia,” Davis-Cain said. “I have been having a rough couple of games but I came here and played to win. My family is here and I am happy to see everybody.”
On an afternoon when FSU’s two leading scorers – post players Jacinta Monroe and Cierra Bravard – combined for just seven points while battling with foul concerns, several other Seminoles picked up the slack.
In addition to Davis-Cain’s memorable performance, junior forward Alysha Harvin had one of her own as the Dania, Fla. native finished the day with a career-high 20 points. She also came with one rebound of achieving a double-double as she finished with nine boards and made all nine of her free-throw attempts.
Senior guard Mara Freshour also contributed 16 points.
Defensively, the Seminoles held Temple to just 35-percent shooting while connecting on 44.3-percent of their own shots. FSU forced 21 Temple turnovers.
“Temple is very athletic and has kids that can shoot the ball,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I just thought that the way we came out ready to defend really made the difference in the basketball game.”
Davis-Cain’s 135th career 3-pointer was actually the final first-half field goal by a Seminoles squad that dominated all facets of the game in the first 20 minutes and took a 45-17 lead into intermission. Temple’s 17 first-half points were the second lowest output allowed by the Seminoles’ defense in the opening period since they limited Southeast Missouri State to just 15 on Nov. 25.
Harvin, Freshour and Davis-Cain took control with a combined 34 points in the initial period as Monroe and Bravard were held scoreless in the first half for the first time this year.
Florida State will now have its longest break of the season as the Seminoles won’t play again until Sunday, Dec. 14 when Mercer comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
That game is slated to tip-off at 2 p.m.