Nov. 14, 2004
Junior guard Holly Johnson scored a team-high 18 points and had five assists while fellow junior Ganiyat Adeduntan contributed 14 points and nine rebounds to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 72-57 win over EA Sports in exhibition action Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
“We are getting better and better,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We are starting to really learn each other and with starting five guards, especially with Roneeka (Hodges) and Ganiyat (Adeduntan), I think they’re getting more comfortable with that. It was nice to have Nikki Anthony to put in the game for a few minutes and let her get a feel for it. I liked our tempo again and our rebounding effort was much better.”
With 11 points, senior Linnea Liljestrand joined Johnson and Adeduntan in the double-digit department as all 10 Seminoles scored in the game. The Seminoles never trailed in the game and enjoyed a double-figure lead the final 9:36 of the game.
FSU’s eight-point, 32-24, halftime lead soon became a 12-point advantage as the Seminoles came out of the locker room running in the second half. Four different players combined for FSU’s first 12 points of the second half and the Seminoles had a 44-33 lead with 13:57 left in the game. EA Sports responded with back-to-back buckets, including a three-pointer, to pull within six points but then the Seminoles went to work. Over the next five minutes, the Tribe ran off 13 of the game’s next 17 points to take a commanding 15-point lead. Johnson was instrumental in the run, scoring six of those points while LaQuinta Neely added four to the effort. FSU went up by as many as 19 points at 66-47 with 4:00 left in the game and led by at least 11 the rest of the way.
“We don’t want to settle for the outside jumper because we don’t have a lot of the rebounding strength that we normally do,” Semrau said. “We want to make sure we get inside the paint before we go out. Our shooting in the first half deep, I thought we were settling a little bit and being able to get out and run gave us some lay up opportunities.”
Despite because outsized, Florida State controlled the boards and outrebounded EA Sports 54-36 and recorded 17 second-chance points while holding its opponent to just six.
“Ganiyat and Hannah Linquist did a great job of going to the boards and then converting,” Semrau said. “We just have to get more of an effort with that. We’re still not satisfied.”
With the score tied at 5-5 in the opening minutes of the game, the Seminoles scored six straight points, five of which were from center Hannah Linquist who came off of the bench to boost the Tribe. EA Sports forced the third and fourth ties of the game at 13-13 and 15-15 and then Johnson and Adeduntan took over combining for seven of FSU’s next nine points to give FSU a nine-point lead at 24-15 at the 5:48 mark. The Tribe pulled ahead by as many as 13 in the first half but EA Sports rallied for five points, including a three-pointer with 12 seconds left, to pull within eight at the break.
Semrau again started five guards, as she did in the first exhibition game. Despite the obvious speed on the floor, Semrau sees other advantages as well.
“For us, match-up wise, it really helps us because we can do a lot of switching which has helped us keep the ball on one side of the floor which is want we want to do this year defensively.”
FSU will open the regular-season on Friday, November 19th when the Seminoles host Xavier at 8 p.m. at the Tucker Center.