Feb. 9, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds from Seminole junior Ganiyat Adeduntan, the No. 24-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team earned its 20th victory of the season with an 82-61 win over Clemson Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU went to 20-5 overall and 6-4 in ACC play while the Tigers fell to 7-15 overall and 1-9 in ACC action. It was Adeduntan’s fourth double-double of the season.
“I’m just really proud of our team and the way that we’ve continued to get better, even through some more adversity,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “Losing down at Miami and then home with Virginia, I thought we came out at Lipscomb and we reestablished ourselves. Up at Duke, I really was pleased with our effort and the way we played on the defensive end of the floor. I didn’t expect us to have a breakout offensive game tonight. I’m a little bit nervous about that because we tend to think all of the sudden we’re an offensive team, but I think we’ve learned our lesson and I think they understand that our best games are when we play great defense.”
Florida State had a slim lead at 22-20 with 5:58 left in the first half when Adeduntan and the Seminoles exploded. The Tribe went on a 21-2 run and Adeduntan scored 16 of those points, including four three-pointers. She finished the half with 18 points. Overall in the last 5:14 of the half, FSU outscored Clemson 23-6 and had a comfortable 45-26 lead at halftime.
“We bring out the best in everybody,” Clemson head coach Jim Davis said. “Florida State’s been struggling with the three-shot this year but not tonight. Adeduntan had 16 points in less than four minutes to close the first half and we were 22-20 and I thought in pretty good shape, playing pretty well and all of the sudden, she goes off. You’re not going to succeed in this game if you can’t defend and we’re struggling to defend. We haven’t learned that lesson yet. Congratulations to Florida State. I thought they played very well. It was their night.”
Clemson pulled to within 16 on D’Lesha Lloyd three-pointer in the opening minutes of the second half but Adeduntan hit her fifth three-pointer of the game and Roneeka Hodges followed with a jumper at the 16:57 mark and FSU led by at least 20 points the rest of the game.
“It took us a little while to get our wind,” Semrau said. “We were a little sluggish to start but I think that is to be expected this time of year. I was really proud of the way they fought through that. Our fast break was better than it has been in quite some time.”
Hodges scored 11 of her 21 points in the second half and finished the game with nine rebounds while Alicia Gladden and Holly Johnson also contributed double figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Gladden added five steals and Johnson had six assists in the win. As a team, FSU tied its season-high with 10 three-pointers and went 14-for-15 from the free throw line.
“Watching Queen (Roneeka Hodges) go as hard as she did on the defensive end of the floor, Ganiyat (Adeduntan) diving around post players and Holly Johnson being a warrior on point guards was really fun and that’s what Florida State basketball is all about now,” Semrau said.
Clemson’s Tasha Phillips finished the game with 19 points while Julie Talley added 11 but the Tigers shot 34 percent from the field and were outrebounded 44-41.
With the victory, Florida State reached the 20-win mark for the first time since 1990-91, the first time since joining the ACC and for just the fifth time in program history.
“Not good enough because that’s not our goal,” Semrau said when asked about how good it felt to earn win No. 20. “We have other goals and until we see those accomplished, we’re not going to let ourselves feel good. We’re just going to continue to try to get better.”
The Seminoles will take Thursday off before heading back to the practice court on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s road game at Wake Forest. That game is set for 3 p.m. at Joel Coliseum.