Jan. 31, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team fell to 11-10 overall and 2-8 ACC play with a 56-43 loss to Clemson (13-8, 5-5), Thursday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Tasheika Morris led FSU with 12 points and nine rebounds off of the bench while Marci Glenney led the Tigers with 19 points and four rebounds.
“I’m disappointed with the loss, but I’m very encouraged with our defensive effort,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We were a much, much better defensive team. We went to the boards hard in the second half. We had one offensive board in the first half and had 12 in the second half. We forced them to turn the ball over, but we just couldn’t get the ball to fall into the basket tonight. I’m very proud of our players and how hard they’ve worked, but unfortunately, we didn’t have a good shooting night.”
The Seminoles got off to a hot 7-2 start, but Clemson responded with a 9-0 run to pull ahead 11-7 and the entire half was played tight until the final minutes when the Tigers pulled away. FSU led 18-17 at the 4:26 mark, but Clemson outscored the Seminoles 8-2 the rest of the way and led 25-20 at halftime. The Tigers had a 19-10 edge in rebounding and outshot FSU 44 to 39 percent. Clemson was led by Glenney’s nine points and Katelyn Vujas led the Seminoles with four points and three rebounds.
The Tigers quickly tripled their five-point lead to 15 with a 10-0 run to open the second half and led by as many as 17 at 39-22 at the 14:15 mark. The Seminoles began to chip away at the Clemson lead and scored the game’s next nine straight points to pull to within six when Shinikki Whiting hit a long three from the corner. FSU freshman LaQuinta Neely, who hails from Laurens, S.C., and was a high school teammate of Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd, was instrumental in the Florida State run, scoring five straight points. The Tigers responded with a three on their end and took another double-digit lead at 46-36 with just under two minutes to play. FSU could get no closer than seven the rest of the way as six of Clemson’s last eight points were from the free throw line as the Seminoles were forced to foul down the stretch.
Trinetta Moore had seven points and four rebounds off the bench for Florida State while Neely added five rebounds to her five points in 11 minutes of play. Leading scorer April Traylor had a season-low three points. FSU shot 32 percent from the field but had a 34-32 rebounding edge.
Floyd joined Glenney in double-digit scoring with 16 points and Clemson shot 42 percent for the game.
“I was very, very concerned about this basketball game,” Clemson head coach Jim Davis said. “I think this is a very good Florida State basketball team and I would hate to be paired up with them going into the ACC Tournament. I’m glad we got our two with them behind us. I think they’re dangerous, like a stick of dynamite getting ready to explode. It was a tremendous win for us tonight.”
The Seminoles travel to Chapel Hill on Monday, February 4th for a regionally-televised game at 7 p.m. Clemson’s next action is February 7th when the Tigers host Virginia.