Dec. 21, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Seminole sophomore Tanae Davis-Cain missed a three-pointer from the corner of the sideline at the buzzer that would have tied the game as the Florida State women’s basketball team fell to San Francisco, 67-64, Wednesday night at War Memorial Gymnasium. Sophomore Mara Freshour led the Seminoles with 15 points, all in the first half, as Florida State suffered its second straight loss and fell to 10-3 on the year. USF improved to 4-8 on the season.
“If anybody was thinking about pointing a finger after this game, we told them not to do it,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We need to take a good, hard look in the mirror and see what each individual is not bringing to the floor right now. We are a young team and we expected some of ups and downs but lately, obviously, there have been more downs than ups.”
Junior Nikki Anthony, who made the start in the middle for the Seminoles, had 12 points and seven rebounds while senior Alicia Gladden added 10 points and five assists. Junior Shante Williams led the team with nine rebounds and six assists.
“On the defensive end of the floor, I thought Nikki Anthony did a much better job than any of our other post players and that was really the main reason she was in the basketball game because she was doing such a great job of that,” Semrau said.
The Seminoles regained the lead for the first time since the 11:25 mark of the first half with five unanswered points to open the second half and led 38-37 with 18:25 left in the game but the Dons continued their hot shooting and scored the game’s next 10 straight points to reassume control of the game. USF led by as many as 10 points three different times in the final 11:12 of the game. The last time was 63-53 with 7:12 left in the game. With Williams leading the charge with six points, the Seminoles outscored USF 9-2 to pull within a point with 58 seconds left in the game but they couldn’t stop the Dons, who went up three again with a lay up by Shay Rollins with 21 seconds remaining. Rollins and Dominique Carter led USF with 16 points each.
FSU dominated the boards and outrebounded San Francisco 38-23 but allowed the Dons to shoot 57 percent for the game.
“Defensively, we’re just like a light switch,” Semrau said. “We’re on again and off. We let them shoot 68 percent from the floor in the first half and that was part of our problem which is that we can’t get anything going in transition when we allow them to shoot the basketball like that.”
Freshour’s 15 points in the first half were just one point shy of her career-high and were nearly half of the Seminoles’ points in the first 20 minutes as for the third straight game, FSU trailed at halftime. This time, Florida State trailed just four at 37-33 at the break. FSU shot well at 46 percent from the field, 100 percent from the free throw line and 75 percent from three-point range and had a 17-6 rebounding advantage but suffered 12 turnovers and struggled on defense. The Dons didn’t miss many shots and recorded 68 percent shooting in the first half.
Florida State does not play again until January 2nd when the Seminoles host High Point at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU will start ACC play on January 4th at Boston College.
“I’m glad the conference schedule is right around the corner because that’s what we play for,” Semrau said. “We’re either going to get better quickly or we’re going to be a basketball team that is searching for some answers. I think it’s going to be really upon the players over break to make sure they take care of themselves physically and make sure they stay in great shape. Then we will have some time to get some reps back and hopefully get our game-rhythm back.”