Dec. 15, 2002
AKRON, Ohio – Wadsworth, Ohio native Katelyn Vujas had a happy homecoming as her game-high and career-high 19 points and game-high eight rebounds led the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 75-46 victory over Akron on Saturday at Rhodes Arena. With the win, FSU won its second straight road game and improved to 6-1 overall. Akron fell to 1-6 on the year.
“I was real proud of the way we came out in the second half and picked up our defensive intensity,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought the way we attacked on the offensive end really set the tone on the defensive end and generally, that’s vice-versa. We shot the ball pretty well for the game and I thought we got really good looks at the basket. I was really proud of Katelyn (Vujas) and I thought she played a great game on both ends of the floor. And it’s always good to get a road win, especially at this time of the year.”
The first half was about spurts for both teams. Akron scored first and the advantage went back and forth for the first six minutes of the game. With the score 8-8, FSU scored seven straight, including five points from Tasheika Morris, to go up 15-8 with 12:26 on the clock. The Zips went on a 7-0 run of their own to tie the game at 15-15 and then regained the lead for the first time since the 15:38 mark at 24-23 with 4:55 to play. Florida State held the Zips to just two free throws the rest of the half while freshman Holly Johnson got hot and hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the Seminoles, despite not scoring for the final 3:17 of the half, a 31-26 advantage at the break. Johnson led the Tribe with 12 points while LaQuinta Neely had six boards as FSU had an 18-10 rebounding advantage at halftime.
Morris scored the first five points of the second half and FSU scored 11 unanswered to take a 42-26 lead at the 16:22 mark and the Seminoles led by double digits the rest of the game. Florida State exploded offensively, scoring 25 points in the first 10 minutes, with Morris responsible for 11 of those points. FSU had a 56-38 lead with 10:00 on the clock and held Akron scoreless until 5:38 left and the Seminoles had the game way out of reach with a 24 point lead. All 12 Seminoles saw playing time in the game. FSU’s largest advantage was 30 points at 70-40 with just under four minutes left in the contest and the Seminoles came away with the 29-point victory. Vujas also had a huge second half with 13 points, eight of which came in the first eight minutes, and six rebounds.
“Before the first media time out, we had eight of 10 stops and I think that was really key in setting the tone in the second half,” Semrau said. “We really opened the game up midway through the second half and were able to play everybody which will be key the rest of the season.”
Morris finished the game with 18 points while Johnson recorded her career-high with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Florida State completely dominated the boards and had a 46-24 advantage. As a team, FSU shot 46 percent for the game and held Akron to just 34 percent shooting, including a dismal 29 percent and 20 points in the second half.
The Seminoles continue their road swing with a 7 p.m. tilt at Jacksonville on Wednesday, Dec. 18th.