Dec. 31, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain reached the 1,000-point plateau in her career and the Florida State women’s basketball team defeated UCF 82-70 Wednesday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The victory extends FSU’s (11-4) winning streak over the Knights (2-11) to nine-straight games and is the Seminoles’ 13th victory all-time over their in-state foes.
“UCF has played a lot of teams from the ACC and SEC very close,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They have done a tremendous job. I think (UCF head coach) Joi Williams is on to something down there.”
While the Seminoles led by as many as 24 points late in the second half and beat the Knights in a host of different categories, it was Davis-Cain that stole the show.
Already this season the 5-foot-11 guard has become FSU’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made and her layup with 5:44 remaining in the contest against UCF pushed her career scoring total to 1,001 points. She becomes the 22nd player in program history to score at least 1,000 points in a career.
Davis-Cain finished the day with a team-high 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting – including a 3-for-5 mark from 3-point range.
The Dawson, Ga. native admitted at game’s end that she was unaware at the time of her mark on the Seminole record books.
“I actually had no idea,” Davis-Cain said. “I am kind of surprised. It’s a big accomplishment to be up there among people who have scored over 1,000. I really had no idea at the time I had that many points.”
Junior forward Jacinta Monroe also put a dent in the scoring chart as she bounced back from a poor shooting performance in the Seminoles’ previous game against LSU to score 17 points against the Knights.
Junior forward Alysha Harvin, who started her second game of the season on Wednesday, finished with 13 points to go along with a career-high two blocks. Junior guard Angel Gray also posted a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with six points after combing for just four the past three ballgames.
The Knights had two players score over 20 points as Chelsie Wiley accrued a game-high 24 points and Emma Cannon contributed 21 in the losing effort.
For the game, FSU won the rebounding battle 43-41, scored more points in the paint (42-36) and registered more points off turnovers than UCF (29-14). The Knights did, however, score 19 second-chance points compared to just 11 by the Seminoles.
Next up for FSU is a monumental matchup against the nation’s No. 3-ranked team in Texas A&M. The Seminoles will welcome the Aggies to the Donald L. Tucker Center on Monday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.
“I am so excited to have that kind of a game coming up right before ACC play,” Semrau said. “When you can have an undefeated team that is in the top five in the country come into your place, I hope the fans will come out and just give us that extra boost.”