Dec. 30, 2001
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Seminoles battled from 11 down with 3:35 remaining in the game to pull within two points with 16 seconds left, but Clemson edged the Florida State women’s basketball team, 74-70, in ACC action at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday afternoon. FSU fell to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in ACC play while the Tigers improved to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in league play. Sophomore Tasheika Morris led Florida State with 15 points and nine rebounds.
“I think maybe we lost this battle, but I think it will go a long way in winning a war,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “And that’s more important this time of year than winning at Clemson. I was proud of the effort throughout. We outrebounded them at their place, we shot 46 percent and held them to 36 percent and I think the difference again was at the free throw line. We shot 58 percent which is really uncharacteristic and something we really have to do a gut-check with. We make those seven free throws and we win this ball game.”
Clemson had a 40-35 advantage at the half. FSU had an early 10-7 lead, but then the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to take an 18-10 advantage and led the rest of the half. Clemson had a lead of as many as eight points and the closest the Seminoles could get was three points. FSU had the numbers in the first half though, shooting 49 percent from the field and outrebounding Clemson, 21-17, but didn’t hit a three-pointer and was just 3-for-5 from the free throw line. CU shot 40 percent, hit four three pointers and went 12-for-14 from the charity stripe. Lauren Bradley and Trinetta Moore each scored seven points off of the bench to lead the Seminoles. Moore added a team-high five rebounds. FSU leading scorer April Traylor had six for the half, but didn’t score until the 4:19 mark.
Tasheika Morris drained a three-pointer to open the second half as the Seminoles scored the first six points to take a 41-40 lead, but Clemson’s Marci Glenney answered with a bucket to put the Tigers back up 42-41. Traylor hit one of two free throws to tie the game at 42-42. Glenney hit a three to put the Tigers up by three and Clemson outscored FSU 9-2 to pull ahead by seven at 51-44 with just under 14 minutes to play. Clemson took its largest lead of 11 at 67-56 with 3:34 left, but the Seminoles battled back. FSU scored five straight points on a bucket by LaQuinta Neely and a three by Shinikki Whiting to cut the Clemson lead to just six points with 2:20 remaining. Glenney hit two free throws at the 2:00 mark and the Tigers went up by eight. Neither team scored again until 45 seconds left in the game when Glenney hit another free throw to give Clemson a 70-61 lead. In an amazing effort, the Seminoles scored nine points in a 20 second period to pull FSU within two points at 72-70 with 14.3 seconds remaining. Tasheika Morris hit a three and Whiting was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three charity shots. FSU was forced to foul and Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd hit one of two free throws to make the score 73-70 with 12 seconds left. FSU had one more possession, but was out of timeouts. The Seminoles were called for a back court violation as the ball ricocheted off of Traylor. Glenney hit one of two foul shots with 1.2 second remaining to give the Tigers the four-point win.
“Although we went to the offensive boards better, they were still able to rebound on the offensive end and that’s been something we emphasized all week,” Semrau said. “Clemson’s defense did a really nice job keying on April and Nikki, but our young kids came in and did a nice job.”
FSU shot 46 percent for the game and had a 42-40 rebounding advantage. Whiting and Traylor also scored double figures with 12 and 10, points, respectively, while Moore added 10 points off of the bench. Genesis Choice added a spark and had nine points and six rebounds.
Clemson shot 36 percent for the game and was had four players in double figures led by Krystal Scott’s 19 points.
Florida State will host North Carolina on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7 p.m.