Jan. 8, 2004
CLEMSON, S.C. – Four Seminoles tallied double figures but it was freshman Shante Williams who recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while adding six assists and five steals to guide the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 68-61 win at Clemson, Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. FSU improved to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the ACC while the Tigers fell to 11-3 and 1-2 in league play.
“I was very proud of my team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “As always, I have to give credit to (Clemson head coach) Jim Davis who does an amazing job in my opinion. The kids never quit on his team and until the last four seconds of the game, we didn’t feel safe. We had some kids who came up really big for us and we’re just continuing as a team to get better with every game.”
The Seminoles led the majority of the first half behind the strong play of several players. While Williams led the way with 10 first-half points, it was Lauren Bradley who got Florida State going. The senior post, who made her first start in since the LSU game on Dec. 27th, scored FSU’s first six points and eight of the team’s first 11. After trailing 2-0, the Tribe built the early 11-4 lead and led until just under five minutes to play in the half when the Tigers regained the advantage at 18-17. The lead went back and forth once more and then the Seminoles took control of the game. Trailing 20-19 with 4:17 left, FSU freshman Ronalda Pierce, on some great feeds from Williams, scored six straight points as the Seminoles outscored the Tigers 13-1 in the final 3:47 and led 32-21 at the break. FSU shot 40 percent for the half and had a 24-22 rebounding edge, led by Genesis Choice’s six boards. The Seminoles also had 11 assists and six steals and just five turnovers.
The second half started much like the first with Bradley scoring FSU’s first four points. The Tribe opened the half on an 8-2 run to take its largest lead at 17 points at 40-23 with 18:25 on the clock. But the Tigers clawed back into the game. Lakeia Stokes, who had just three first-half points, ran off 11 of Clemson’s first 13 points and the Seminole posts, who were the only FSU players called for fouls in the first half, got themselves in foul trouble with Bradley, Choice and Trinetta Moore with three fouls apiece with over 12 minutes remaining. Clemson pulled to within 10 points twice at 46-36 (12:51) and 49-39 (9:57) and finally broke through with five straight points to pull within seven at 51-44 with 8:20 remaining in the game. With strong free throw shooting, the Seminoles went back up by 10 but Clemson was soon in the bonus and got to within six at 56-50 with 4:46 left. FSU went back up eight and the Tigers went to the three-point line. Clemson hit back-to-back threes to pull within three with two minutes left in the game. Two huge put-backs by Choice in the final 1:30 secured the FSU victory. Clemson had to foul and the Seminoles made four free throws in the final 29 seconds.
Bradley led FSU with 15 points while Choice added 12 points and eight rebounds. Pierce finished the contest with 10 strong points. FSU shot 42 percent for the game and outrebounded Clemson 43-36. Stokes led Clemson with a game-high 18 points but the Tigers shot just 36 percent for the game.
The Seminoles finally return home for their ACC home-opener and first home contest of the New Year when they host Maryland on Monday, January 12th at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.