Nov. 14, 2006
BRONX, N.Y. – The Florida State women’s basketball team didn’t let the bright lights of the Big Apple distract them in any way as the Seminoles defeated Fordham 84-34, Tuesday night at Rose Hill Gym. With the victory, FSU improved to 2-0 while the Rams fell to 0-2 on the young season. It was Florida State’s second game in three days and the second of four games the Seminoles will play in a seven-day stretch.
“I challenged them defensively because we felt like with our youth, we hadn’t really locked into a system,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Giving up the kind of points that we had been giving up wasn’t going to get it down, so I thought they really stepped it up defensively tonight.”
Sophomore Britany Miller led Florida State with 12 points as 11 Seminoles in all played, with 10 seeing 15 or more minutes of action. Joining Miller in the double figure department were senior Alicia Gladden and freshman Jacinta Monroe with 11 points each and junior Nikki Anthony and freshman Alysha Harvin with 10 points each.
“The fact that we have four games in seven days and the fact that all the kids have really been working their tails off, it really helped our basketball team to be able to do things like we were able to do tonight with four games this week,” Semrau said.
After jumping out to a double-digit lead at 14-4 just six and a half minutes into the game, Florida State was able to play a lot of players and played them a lot. The Seminoles led 50-10 at halftime and had played 10 players in the first half, seven of them nine or more minutes. All 10 players scored in the first 20 minutes.
The Seminoles shot 57 percent for the game and outrebounded the Rams, 43-20. Led by sophomore Tanae Davis-Cain’s hot hand with three, three-pointers, FSU hit six three-pointers in the contest. With a game-high six assists from junior Shante Williams, the Seminoles also recorded 22 assists and just 13 turnovers. Seven steals and six blocks added to the solid defensive performance.
FSU’s next game will be at Southeast Missouri State as the Seminoles will travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, for an 8:30 tilt on Friday, November 17th.