Nov. 26, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Despite 16 points and 14 rebounds from senior Katelyn Vujas, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 80-69 to the Florida Gators Tuesday night at the O’Connell Center.
“I thought we came out with some early season jitters,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought both teams did. It was a bit of a circus in the first with all of the turnovers on both sides. The second half was obviously a much better basketball game. Both teams settled down and played some really good basketball.”
Florida scored the first six points of the game and behind 10 strong points from Vanessa Hayden, had a 19-7 lead at the midway mark of the first half. Danielle Santos got hot for the Gators, scoring seven straight points of her own. The Seminoles could not get much going offensively and could not contain Hayden, who had nearly half of the Gators’ points with 16. Florida led 33-22 at the break, shot 41 percent and had a 28-24 rebounding edge. Seminole leading scorer Genesis Choice didn’t score until the final minute of the half and had just for points at the break. Katelyn Vujas led the Tribe with six points and six rebounds, but the Seminoles shot just 27 percent. Both teams were plagued by turnovers. FSU had 13 while UF committed 11 and the two teams combined went 0-for-12 from three-point range.
Florida State picked up the intensity in the second half and Hayden picked up two quick fouls and the momentum began to shift to the Seminoles. FSU scored eight of the first 10 points to pull within five at 35-30 at the 16:23 mark. The Seminoles pulled to within one point three different times before taking its first lead at 55-54 on two free throws by LaQuinta Neely with 7:51 remaining in the game. Florida regained the lead on its next possession and went on a 13-4 run, including two technical free throw shots, to go up eight at 67-59 with 4:12 to play. FSU could not catch the Gators, who made their free throws down the stretch.
FSU junior Tasheika Morris scored 10 second half points on her way to a 13 point, seven rebound performance while Neely added 10 points off of the bench. Junior Lauren Bradley was instrumental in Florida State’s run in the second half with nine points in eight minutes of play. For Florida, Bernice Mosby and Danielle Santos had 19 points apiece while Mosby led the team with 13 rebounds. Hayden had just two points in the second half on two free throws with 37 seconds left to finish the game with 18 points and 10 boards.
The Seminoles will host Wright State on Friday, November 29th at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.