Dec. 16, 2001
AUBURN, Ala. – Sophomore Tasheika Morris scored a team-high 16 points but the No. 25 Florida State women’s basketball team fell, 71-59, to No. 25 Auburn Sunday afternoon at the Beard Eaves Coliseum. With the loss, FSU falls to 8-2 on the year while the Tigers remain perfect at 10-0 on the season.
“Being on the road at a top team is something I am glad we were able to do outside of ACC play to get us ready for that,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I knew this was going to be a big test for us and I wish we would have responded a little bit better, but it gives us some things to grow with and learn from. I thought Auburn’s intensity throughout the whole game was a real difference maker and they crashed the boards so well. They’ve got a tremendous basketball game.”
Auburn scored the game’s first four points, but the Seminoles quickly responded as Morris hit FSU’s first two buckets, including a three-pointer, to make the score 5-4. Then Morris cooled off and so did the Seminoles. FSU led 12-11 at the 14:19 mark when Auburn ran off seven straight to go up six and the Tigers led the remainder of the half. Down 21-14, April Traylor hit her second of two first half three’s to pull the Tribe within four with just over 10 minutes to go. FSU was simply out of sync and went scoreless for the next four minutes while the Tigers scored eight unanswered to take a double-digit lead. The Seminoles scored just four points in the final 10:18 of the half and trailed 33-21 at the break. FSU shot a dismal 36 percent from field, but Auburn was just a smidge better at 39 percent. The difference in the half was in the rebounding department where Auburn dominated 20-12. The Seminoles got just three offensive boards in the first half and committed 10 turnovers.
In the second half, the Seminoles’ aggressiveness resulted in early fouls – a lot of them. Auburn was shooting the one and bonus just five minutes into the game and built its largest lead of the game at 18 points at the 14:32 mark. Florida State began showing signs of resurgence at about the 13 minute mark. Trinetta Moore hit a layup to start a 10-point FSU swing which included three-pointers by both Morris and Linnea Liljestrand. The Tribe pulled to within eight at 47-39 with 10:01 remaining, but Auburn responded with six quick unanswered points to go up again by double digits and FSU didn’t get any closer than nine the rest of the way. The Tigers, who were in the double bonus with 7:58 to play, attempted 29 second half free throws and made 16 of them. Auburn also completely controlled the boards, outrebounding FSU 44-27. The Seminoles finished the game with just five offensive rebounds while Auburn had a 20-2 advantage in second chance points.
Traylor added double figures with 11 while Katelyn Vujas had a team-high seven rebounds. Shinikki Whiting, who played hurt after injuring her back in Saturday’s practice, was held to just four points. As a team, FSU shot 47 percent for the game after going 56 percent in the second half. FSU went 6-for-12 from the three-point arc but committed 21 turnovers.
Auburn was led by Tia Miller’s 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Florida State will play at Indiana on Wednesday, December 19th at 7 p.m.