Aug. 21, 2005
FLORENCE, Italy — Led by junior Alicia Gladden’s game-high 27 points, the Florida State women’s basketball team defeated TV Hofheim 96-57 in the Seminoles’ first game of their Tour of Italy. The game, which was originally scheduled for Monday night, was moved up due to a schedule conflict with the German team, which is currently training in Italy.
Gladden showed signs of greatness throughout the game and was perhaps the most balanced player on the court. She shot 6-for-9 from the field in each of the first and second half and also added four rebounds, six steals and three blocks to the effort. Senior Ganiyat Adeduntan added 18 points and with eight rebounds, tied with fellow senior Hannah Linquist. Sophomore Christie Lautsch had a strong second half and scored 13 of her 17 points in the final two quarters. Sophomore Nikki Anthony was strong inside and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Seminoles rebounded from a slow start with a well-played second half. The Tribe led 50-30 at the half but suffered 15 turnovers and struggled some with the international officiating. In the second half, the Tribe turned up the defense a notch and allowed Hofheim just 23 shot attempts.
Senior LaQuinta Neely had a game-high 10 assists and had five of FSU’s 26 steals. As a team, the Seminoles shot 49 percent from the field and were 12-for-15 from the free throw line for 80 percent.
“It was fun,” Anthony said. “I was really relaxed. I thought our team was really calm and steady. We made some preseason mistakes on defense and position wise but it was really an exciting feeling to have everyone thinking on the same page this early in the season. I think it is a huge improvement from last year both defensively and offensively.”
The Seminoles will play their next game Tuesday night in Venice.