VENICE, Italy – The Seminoles combined balanced offense with a strong second half defensive effort to stop Sernavimar Marghera 95-55 in FSU’s second game of the Tour of Italy. The Tribe held the Giants to just 20 points in the final 20 minutes and 22 percent shooting in the second half. Florida State junior Alicia Gladden once again led the team in scoring with 24 points and also had nine steals while senior Holly Johnson and sophomore Tiffiny Buckelew, who went 5-for-10 from three-point range, added 15 points apiece.
“The first thing I want to comment on is the defensive intensity and how much we picked up in the second half,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We challenged them at halftime and I thought they responded extremely well. On the offensive end of the floor, LaQuinta Neely had 11 assists and just three turnovers including just one turnover in the second half. The way we took care of the ball contributed to the gap in the score. Tiffiny Buckelew has just worked so hard and did what we’ve asked her to do and that’s to shoot the ball and when you shoot 50 percent from the three-point line, that’s a pretty good night. The other player I just have to point out is Nikki Anthony and the way that she is aggressive on the boards.”
All nine Seminoles scored in the first eight minutes of the game but Florida State led by just 11 points at halftime, 32-21. In the second half, the Tribe came out of the locker room aggressive and focused and opened the half on an 11-3 run and outscored the Giants 22-10 in both the third and fourth quarters. Neely accounted for 11 of FSU’s 17 assists and also added six steals.
“I thought we did pretty good offensively,” Neely said. “We moved the ball around well and we had good shot selection but the main thing was defensively, just stopping them. It was a pretty good game overall. It’s just fun to get out there and run because my teammates, they always get themselves open so it’s just finding them.”
Anthony topped her first game 11-rebound performance with 13 vs. the Giants while four other Seminoles had five or more boards. The squad did a much better job taking care of the ball and committed just 12 turnovers compared to 23 in the Tribe’s first game of the tour. As a team, the Seminoles continued to excel from the free throw line and shot 82 percent for the game on 19-for-23.
FSU will play its third game of the tour Wednesday in Udine.
Neely 8 pts, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 6 steals Buckelew 15 pts, 2 steals Johnson 15 pts, 5 assists Lautsch 6 pts, 7 rebounds Williams 3 pts, 2 assists Gladden 24 pts, 5 rebounds, 9 steals Adeduntan 12 pts, 7 rebounds Linquist 5 pts, 4 rebounds Anthony 7 pts, 13 rebounds