Feb. 9, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. – In a hard-fought contest, the Florida State women’s basketball team lost to the NC State Wolfpack, 57-52, on Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum. With the loss, FSU fell to 15-6 overall ad 7-3 in the ACC while the Wolfpack improved to 10-12 overall and 5-6 in the league.
“I’d like to compliment NC State,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They were coming off a very emotional game on Friday. They had some people really step up. They did a really good job getting the ball into the post and we didn’t. I thought we really forsake the thing in our game that we have the most experience and we didn’t do a good job of getting the ball into our posts. Our timing was off. We’d been off for a week and we thought we had our legs back under us but obviously, we were very out of sync. We did a good job of rebounding the basketball, but that’s about where it ends for us.”
NC State had six points before the Seminoles finally got on the board with a Ganiyat Adeduntan jump shot at the 13:43 mark. Two free throws by Tasheika Morris made the score 6-4 but then the Wolfpack went on a 6-0 run to double their score and go up eight. Florida State scored just 10 points in the game’s first 13:17, but only trailed four. NC State ran off four unanswered to again pull ahead by eight and led by at least five points in the final six minutes of the half. Behind 16 strong points from Carisse Moody, the Wolfpack led by nine at 30-21 at the break. Adeduntan, who scored eight of FSU’s first 10 points, led the team with eight points. The Seminoles shot a dismal 31 percent for the half, scoring a season-low 21 first half points, and committed 14 turnovers but did have a commanding 23-14 rebounding advantage. NC State shot 43 percent for the half and committed eight turnovers.
The Seminoles were getting good looks at the basket in the opening minutes of the second half but could not get shots to fall and found themselves still trailing by nine, 34-25, at the first time out. NC State took its largest lead of 11 at 36-25 with 14:17 left in the game, but the Seminoles responded and cut the lead to six just two minutes later when Morris hit just her second jumper of the game. NC State scored four straight to take another double-digit advantage at 42-32 and again, FSU responded to pull within six at 42-36. The Wolfpack scored five straight to increase their lead to 11 but the Seminoles continued to play out of sync and continued to turn the ball over. Trailing 48-38, FSU’s Holly Johnson hit a long three-pointer at the 6:11 mark to cut the Wolfpack lead to seven which started a 7-2 Seminole run. The Tribe pulled to within three points twice in the game’s final minute, but NC State hit four free throws in the final 35 seconds for the win.
FSU finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers, but continued to crash the boards and outrebounded the Wolfpack by 10 at 41-31. Morris finished the game with a team-high 14 points while Katelyn Vujas led the way with nine rebounds. Moody led NC State with a game-high 20 points while Kaayla Chones had nine boards.
The Seminoles will travel to Chapel Hill on Thursday, February 13th, for a 7 p.m. tilt with the North Carolina Tar Heels.