Dec. 3, 2006
The Seminoles had less than 24 hours to prepare but Lady Pirate Invitational Most Valuable Player Britany Miller had 13 points and five rebounds to help lead Florida State (8-1) to a 62-44 win over East Carolina (3-5) Sunday afternoon at Williams Arena in the championship game of the tournament. Senior Alicia Gladden added 14 points of her own and also earned all-tournament team honors as the Seminoles never trailed for the second straight game.
“We took this as a really strong challenge to prepare for a team that we didn’t get a lot of practice or preparation for,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It was mental preparation. It was a lot of film. It was a lot communication with a walk thru this morning. I thought the team came out with great focus and our defense really sparked our offense. This was a really good basketball team that we beat and a very important win for us today.”
A 12-2 run to open the second half increased Florida State’s 33-18 halftime lead to 25 points which was vital as East Carolina followed with a run of its own and outscored the Seminoles by the same margin to pull within 15 at 47-32 with 11:39 left in the game. An right ankle injury to sophomore Tanae Davis-Cain, who had seven first half points and nine for the game, forced the freshmen to fill the void. Jacinta Monroe responded with 11 second half points and finished with 13 for the game. She also led the team with seven rebounds.
The Seminoles again built a lead of as many as 24 but opted to get plenty of players, plenty of playing time and the final score wasn’t indicative of the dominance Florida State enjoyed. Eight different players saw 11 or more minutes of action.
FSU outrebounded East Carolina 39-33 and forced 24 Lady Pirate turnovers. Nikki Anthony grabbed six rebounds and had three steals in her first start of the season. The Seminoles also recorded 15 steals in a strong defensive effort and shot much better from the free throw line at 10-for-15 for 67 percent.
Florida State will host Stetson, Wednesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.