Jan. 12, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Tasheika Morris led Florida State with 14 points and four rebounds, while senior Trinetta Moore added nine points and three rebounds but No. 10-ranked North Carolina handed Florida State its first ACC loss of the season with a 74-53 victory. With the loss, the Seminoles fell to 10-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC while the Tar Heels improved to 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the league.
“Well, that’s a really good Carolina team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They lead the country in offensive rebounding and I think that showed. For the first half, we did a good job putting bodies on them, but the second half was a different story. I felt like the way we closed out the first half carried over into the second half and we had three kids in foul trouble – three of the players who attack the most. We just had a hard time gaining any kind of momentum back.”
Florida State won possession of the tip-off to start the first half of play and Katelyn Vujas quickly moved the ball inside and put the Seminoles up 2-0. North Carolina answered with a two of its own, but Florida State went on a 5-1 run to take a 7-3 lead early in the half. The Tar Heels cut the lead to within one as they went on a 5-2 run and trailed the Seminoles, 9-8. On a Morris three at the 6:57 mark, the Seminoles took a 25-16 lead. Florida State’s biggest lead of the game would not last long however as North Carolina went on a 17-2 run to end the first half and took a 33-27 advantage into the locker room. The six point advantage was UNC’s largest lead of the half.
“We did do a really good job of moving it around and setting screens to get each other open,” Morris said, “but at a point in the first half, we stopped doing that and we started forcing things and had to create our own shot and that’s when I’m not at my best.”
North Carolina extended its lead to 48-32 as the Tar Heels went on a 15-5 run to open the second half. The Seminoles responded with a run of their own. Florida State, sparked by a Lauren Bradley lay-up with 14:19 left in the game, scored nine unanswered points and cut the Tar Heel lead to 48-41. North Carolina answered with an 8-0 run of its own, as the Tar Heels went ahead by 15 with 9:44 left in the half. At the 6:00 mark, Genesis Choice hit two free throws, which ignited another Florida State run. The Seminoles scored six unanswered points, but the 12-point deficit was as close as the Seminoles would get as the Tar Heels went on for the 21-point victory.
“We did put together a little run in the second half and I saw some fight,” Semrau said, “but it wasn’t sustained. As we grow up, that effort will be more of a sustained understanding that it has to be every possession.”
Florida State shot 39.6 percent for the game, while UNC shot 45.6 percent. The Tar Heels dominated the boards as they finished with a 38-24 rebounding advantage. Florida State was also plagued by turnovers as the Seminoles committed a season-high 27 against North Carolina.
North Carolina was led by senior Coretta Brown, who scored 28 points and pulled down four rebounds.
The Seminoles will return to action on Thursday, January 16th, when they travel to the University of Maryland to take on the Terrapins (8-7, 2-2). The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be played at the Comcast Center.