Nov. 7, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – All 13 Seminoles played as Florida State defeated EA Sports 77-63 in exhibition action at the Tucker Center Monday night. Junior Alicia Gladden once again led the scoring with 19 points in just 22 minutes of play while freshman Britany Miller used her size to grab a game-high 11 rebounds and six blocks.
The Seminoles got solid production from the bench as players came in to contribute 32 points. The charge was led by sophomore Shante Williams who nearly had a triple-double with her 11 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. She also added three steals. Freshman Tanae Davis-Cain had 10 points in 21 minutes of play on 4-for-8 from the field, including two from long range, and also snagged six rebounds.
The Seminoles built a 41-29 halftime lead and never looked back.
“I really liked our defensive effort, especially in the first half,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “This was a team that Carolina was tied with 45-45 at half and we wanted to really make sure we locked in on our defensive effort. I thought they did a great job.”
Semrau made good use of her depth, especially in the second half, as no starter saw more than 12 minutes of play in the final 20 minutes. The Seminoles opened up the second half on a 13-4 run to extend their 12-point halftime advantage to 21 points with 16:49 remaining in the game. EA Sports responded with a run of their own and pulled to within 13 points but Gladden hit three straight buckets and Florida State maintained control of the game. All 13 available Seminoles played at least seven minutes with 11 of them seeing double-digit minutes of action.
“Something we’ve talked about a lot is that we are going to have to be a “team” on the offensive end as well and make the extra pass,” Semrau said. “There’s not a kid on our team that wouldn’t pass up a great shot because of their unselfishness.”
EA Sports shot 38 percent and was led by Courtney McDaniel’s 15 points and eight rebounds. Florida State commanded the boards and outrebounded EA Sports 53-38.
The Seminoles didn’t start to pull away until the final 4:09 of the first half when they went on a 14-5 run to end the period. The lead was as many as 15 points but EA Sports’ Katie Bulger (West Virginia) hit a three-pointer with :03 on the clock. FSU last trailed in the half at the 14:29 mark at 10-9 when Holly Johnson nailed a three-pointer to put the Seminoles up 12-10 and up for good. The trey was one of just two buckets from beyond the arc as the Seminoles did most of their damage inside outscoring EA Sports 26-10 in the paint. Miller made her presence felt early with nine rebounds and five blocks in the first half. Gladden had 11 of her points in only 12 first half minutes. Williams added eight points and five rebounds in nine minutes of play off of the bench. She and Miller combined for 10 of FSU’s final 12 points of the half.
Florida State will host Georgia Southern on Friday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the 2005-06 season-opener.