Feb. 25, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Seminole sophomore Britany Miller scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team (21-8, 10-4 ACC) to a 74-57 win over Wake Forest (9-19, 0-14 ACC) in the regular-season finale Sunday afternoon at Joel Coliseum.
“In blocks, steals, the whole bit, Britany, I thought was maybe at the top of her game at a great time for us today,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought our guards did a much better job in the second half getting her the basketball. Getting her 18 touches is exactly what we need to do.”
Also in double figures for Florida State were freshman Alysha Harvin with a career-high 12 points and sophomore Tanae Davis-Cain with 11 points. Senior Alicia Gladden scored her first points of the game with 15:28 left to give the Seminoles a 41-39 lead and the lead for good. Gladden followed the bucket up with a three-pointer and FSU was amidst a 7-0 run. Harvin hit a three-pointer of her own at the 11:12 mark giving the Seminoles their first double-digit lead at 51-41 and FSU led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
“Something Alysha brings to the floor is an aggressiveness that not a lot of our players bring at this point,” Semrau said. “Shante Williams, being without her, we lose that penetration, we lose that aggressiveness and I thought Alysha Harvin stepped in and did that for us today.”
Gladden finished the game with nine points and nine rebounds and moved into 9th place at FSU in all-time scoring.
FSU shot 47 percent for the game and for the second straight game, made six three-pointers, and finished the game with a 41-35 rebounding advantage. The squad also finished with a season-high 18 assists and had just 11 turnovers.
“I do like the way my team shared the basketball in today’s game,” Semrau said. “Eighteen assists to 11 turnovers may be the best assist-to-turnover ratio we’ve had this year.”
Despite leading by as many as seven points late in the first half, the Seminoles had a slim 30-29 halftime lead as there were 10 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. Florida State played the game without Shante Williams who was held out with a hip sprain but also felt the void Gladden who was held scoreless in the first half. Miller was unstoppable for the Seminoles with 14 points and six rebounds and she gave Florida State the advantage at the break. The Seminoles continued their strong long-range shooting, going 4-for-7 from three-point range. Davis-Cain hit three of the shots and finished the half with nine points.
Florida State finishes the regular-season in a three-way tie for third place in the ACC and will likely be the fifth seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. Tournament pairings will be released Monday.