Nov. 30, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team (3-1) won its fourth straight Seminole Classic with a 96-82 win over Harvard (2-2), Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Nine of the 10 Seminoles who saw action in the game scored with five players in double figures led by Tasheika Allen and Trinetta Moore’s 18 points apiece.
“We had a great tournament,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously after coming off a game where we had to dig deep to find something last night, I thought we came out and were very efficient against a very good Harvard team. In my opinion, Harvard just went hard. They cut to the basket well. They never quit. They can shoot it, they can penetrate. We never felt safe whether we had a seven-point lead or an 11-point lead. Again, I think we got great shots and were able to convert. We have to credit our guards with getting the ball inside. Once our post players touched the ball, they did a great job of either scoring and getting back out to the guards in good scoring position.”
Sparked in the first half by Allen and Genesis Choice, who had nine points apiece, FSU led 44-39 after six lead changes and being down as many as nine to the Crimson. After scoring the first bucket of the game, the Tribe trailed until the 8:55 mark when a fastbreak from senior guard Angela Sutton to Choice for a lay-up gave FSU a 22-21 lead. Harvard regained the lead until sophomore Ganiyat Adeduntan hit the first of her two three-pointers to make the score 29-28. The Crimson responded with a trey of their own, but Allen tied the game with a jumper. Another Adeduntan three-pointer at the 3:45 mark gave the Seminoles a 34-31 advantage and the lead for good. FSU went up by as many as seven in the final two minutes of the half but led by five at the break. Both teams shot over 50 percent but FSU dominated the boards, with an 18-9 advantage. Harvard’s Hana Peljto paced the Crimson with 14 points.
In the second half, the Seminoles’ scoring attack continued with FSU shooting 70.4 percent from the floor. Harvard also continued to shoot well and pulled to within three points four times in the first six minutes of the second half. Florida State built its largest lead of the game at 76-65 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game. The Crimson made one last run, scoring seven of the game’s next nine points to pull within six. However, the Seminole post game was instrumental in FSU’s ability to pull away in the final six minutes of the game. Moore, Choice and Lauren Bradley, who finished with 10 points, combined for 28 second half points FSU led by double figures the final 3:33 of the game with its largest advantage being the final 14-point margin.
Choice and Adeduntan, who scored 17 and 11 points, respectively, were named to the 2003 Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team while Allen, who averaged 17 points and four rebounds in the two-day tournament, was named the Most Valuable Player.
FSU shot 63 percent for the game and outrebounded Harvard 33-18 while also recording 20 assists in the game, led by Shante Williams’ game-high seven. Peljto, who was named to the all-tournament team, led all players with 26 points and eight rebounds.
In the earlier consolation game, UW-Milwaukee defeated Liberty, 65-56. High scorers for the Panthers were Maria Viall with 21 points and six rebounds and Kiley Johnson with 12 points. For the Lady Flames, Katie Feenstra led the way with a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds.
FSU travels to UCF on December 2, for a 7:00 p.m. meeting with the Golden Knights.
2003 Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player
Tasheika Allen - Florida State