Jan. 15, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Led by Tasheika Allen’s 21 points and Lauren Bradley’s 16 points and team-high nine rebounds, the Florida State women’s basketball team won its third straight ACC game, and second on the road, with a 81-73 win over Wake Forest, to improve to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons fell to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in league play.
“I thought Lauren Bradley came up big,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We had three players in double figures and to get the kind of separation we did in the second half was significant for where we are going. I am just really proud of the way we hit our free throws down the stretch. In order to win ACC games on the road, you’ve got to be able to do those things We also rebounded the ball extremely well and that was big.”
FSU had a lead as large as eight points with under 10 minutes left in the first half but the Seminoles trailed 32-20 at the half. The first 10 minutes saw eight lead changes and four ties. It was Bradley who kept the Seminoles on pace, scoring seven straight points for FSU early in the game. FSU trailed 12-14 at the 14:37 mark when the Tribe began to pull away. The Seminoles scored 10 unanswered points, including back-to-back three-pointers by Allen and Holly Johnson, and led 22-14 with 9:54 on the clock. The Demon Deacons scored five straight to pull within three, but FSU responded and pulled back ahead by seven at 26-19 with 6:05 remaining. The Seminoles, however, managed just four points the rest of the half while Wake Forest, thanks to two three-pointers scored 13 points for the two-point advantage. Led by Bradley’s seven points, nine different Seminoles scored as FSU shot 48 percent from the field and had an 18-11 rebounding advantage. Liz Strunk led the Deacs with 14 first half points and shot 42 percent from the field. FSU attempted just three free throws and made all three while Wake went 6-for-9.
Bradley hit a jumper to open the second half and tie the game at 32-32, but no more than two points would separate the two teams in the first five minutes. FSU trailed 36-34 and then went to work. The Tribe went on a 12-0 run to go up 10 at 46-36 with 12:41 left and Bradley was responsible for six of those points. Wake Forest pulled to within eight points at 47-39 but Florida State again enjoyed balanced scoring as the Seminoles went on a 7-0 run to go up 15 and led by double digits, including as many as 16 points, until 4:05 left in the game. The Deacs trailed 14 with just under six minutes to play and scored six unanswered, including three free throws, to bring it to single digits at 58-50. Wake Forest continuously fouled the Seminoles and then hit three-pointers to make a game of it. The Tribe’s last 27 points were from the free throw line as FSU didn’t even have an opportunity to attempt a field goal in the final 7:24 of the game. Wake’s last four field goals were three-pointers while four Demon Deacons fouled out of the game. The Deacs pulled to within four points in the final 47 seconds but FSU hit its free throws down the stretch for the win.
FSU attempted 43 second half free throws and went 31-of-46 for the game. Allen was a perfect 8-for-8 while Shante Williams, who added 12 points and five assists, went 8-for-12. The Seminoles shot 47 percent for the game and dominated the boards with a 42-30 rebounding advantage. The Tribe also added 17 steals to the effort.
FSU will host NC State on Monday, January 19th at 4:30 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.