Jan. 23, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three Seminoles scored 10 points apiece to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 55-46 win over Virginia Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FSU improved to 13-4 on the season and a program-best 5-1 record in the ACC and move into a tie with North Carolina for second place in the conference. Virginia fell to 7-10 overall and 2-5 in league play.
“When you’re trying to do something that’s never been done (FSU 5-1 in ACC), there’s always a little bit of pressure,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously, the way we shot the ball tonight, you could tell that we were feeling something. But the way we rebounded, you could tell we were feeling something. Twenty-two offensive rebounds to four offensive rebounds that Virginia had shows the heart of our team, shows the fight and that I have a team that cares, cares about each other and cares about this university. They were fighting and they were fighting for something and that was very evident. Our defensive effort was very, very good. It was a scrappy game and Virginia’s a very good team, a very good program and we’re happy to come out with a win.”
The Seminoles got off to a slow start and scored just two points in the first five minutes of the game and trailed 7-2, but then the Tribe got it together. Sparked by Lauren Bradley’s five straight points, FSU ran off nine unanswered points to take an 11-9 lead with 12:51 left on the clock. The Tribe seemed just a bit out of sync and didn’t score again until the 6:56 mark but trailed the Cavaliers by just a point at 14-13. Virginia hit four shots from three-point range which kept them in the lead much of the half, but also committed some quick fouls and put Florida State into the bonus with 11 minutes to go in the half. FSU led just 1:14 of the entire first half but a jumper by Angela Sutton at the buzzer gave the Seminoles a 24-22 advantage at the break. The Seminoles shot just 36 percent for the half, had a 19-11 rebounding edge and recorded six steals. Virginia shot 41 percent and had three blocks. Bradley led all scorers with seven points.
Virginia forced two ties early in the second half before regaining the lead at 29-28 at the 16:41 mark. The Cavs would go up three at 31-28 before the Seminoles got it going again. The Seminoles went from three down to eight up with an 11-0 run that gave Florida State the lead for good. In truly a team effort, six different Seminoles scored in that stretch. UVA continued to battle and pulled to within three twice over the game’s next four minutes, but FSU kept the heat on. With the score 41-38, Tasheika Morris scored five of her 10 points and Trinetta Moore, who finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds, for her second career double-double, followed with a jumper to give the Seminoles their largest lead at 10 points with 4:23 remaining. Virginia pulled to within four points with 49 seconds to go, but were forced to foul and Florida State made five free throws down the stretch and held Virginia scoreless for the nine-point victory.
Bradley and Morris also finished the game with 10 points apiece for the Seminoles, who struggled offensively and shot just 35 percent for the game. FSU, however, dominated the boards and finished the contest outrebounding UVA 43-24. FSU’s LaQuinta Neely had a solid defensive effort with seven rebounds and three steals while leading the team with four assists.
Virginia shot 42 percent for the game and was led by Brandi Teamer’s 14 points and five rebounds.
The Seminoles will travel to Durham, N.C. for a 2 p.m. tilt with No. 1 Duke on Sunday, January 26th.