Nov. 6, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sophomore Tasheika Morris led Florida State with 13 points in her Seminole debut, but FSU fell 82-68 to the Premier Players (3-0) in exhibition play Tuesday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Lisa Shepherd led Premier with 21 points as four players tallied double figures.
“We played a very good team tonight,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Lisa Shepherd was a great player for Penn State when they were in the Final Four and Coco and Kelly Miller couldn’t quite miss tonight, but I was just really proud of our effort. We outrebounded that team and I was very pleased with our effort, especially on the offensive boards.”
The Seminoles scored first and led three different times in the game’s first seven minutes, but Premier hit four key three pointers in the first half and maintained a comfortable lead for the last five minutes of the half. The score was 44-34 at the break, but Florida State dominated the rebounding with a 24-13 advantage.
After falling behind by 14 points in the opening minutes of the second half, the Seminoles went on a surge, outscoring Premier 12-2 to pull within four points at 52-48 at the 13:43 mark. Five different Seminoles scored during that stretch. Premier answered with six straight points of their own to once again go up by double digits. FSU made one last run, pulling to within six points at 64-58 as freshman Linnea Liljestrand hit her third three-pointer of the night, but turnovers plagued the young Seminoles and Premier pulled away for good and led by double digits for the remaining four minutes of the game.
A much-more balanced offense was evident for Florida State in Tuesday’s game as nine different Seminoles scored and senior April Traylor and junior newcomer Trinetta Moore joined Morris in the double-digit department with 12 points apiece. Led by Shinikki Whiting’s nine rebounds, the Seminoles showed promise on the boards, outrebounding Premier, 40-32. Three different players had at least seven rebounds for the Tribe. Sophomore Lauren Bradley, who returned to the floor tonight after redshirting last season, scored five points and had two rebounds in 14 minutes of play
“We’ve got a lot of folks who can play,” Semrau said. “We’re still trying to figure out those line-ups. Considering all of the newcomers we have, I think that we didn’t have a lot of offensive breakdowns. I thought we were maybe too selfless on the offensive end, trying to pass the ball too much, but I’d rather have that problem.”
Semrau was most pleased with the play of her newcomers.
“Trinetta Moore had a great game,” Semrau said. “Offensively, going 5-for-8 with seven rebounds for someone who is for the first time wearing a Florida State uniform. Linnea came in and hit some big shots for us. Anytime you go 3-for-3 from the three-point line, that’s not too shabby. Genesis Choice was playing on a sprained ankle tonight and that may have been one of the most important things that happened having a freshman having to learn to play through pain. Quint Neely came in and hit a big bucket for us. I’m real proud of them.”
FSU will host the University of the Virgin Islands All Stars, a replacement for Locomotiva Bratislava, on Sunday, November 11th at 2 p.m. It will be Fan Day. Doors open at 1 p.m. There will be give-a-ways, face painting, games and much more. An autograph session with free team posters will follow the game.