Nov. 17, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Premier Players edged the Florida State women’s basketball team, 84-79, in exhibition action on Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Junior Tasheika Morris led the Seminoles with a game-high 21 points while senior Trinetta Moore got it done on both ends of the court with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“I think we are okay offensively,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We didn’t have a lot of trouble scoring, but defensively, this game showed us that we are going to have to make some adjustments. But again, we will be more prepared for situations like this when we are not playing an exhibition team.”
The Seminoles overcame a sluggish start to take a 46-41 lead at halftime. Premier scored the game’s first seven points and built a 12-point lead at 21-9 at the 12:30 mark. Sophomore Genesis Choice made a lay up that started a 9-0 run for the Seminoles. Back-to-back steals that resulted in fast break lay-ups for LaQuinta Neely and Morris and four straight points by Choice to end the rally gave the Seminoles momentum. FSU forced the game’s first tie at 25-25 with 6:43 to play and the game would see yet another tie at 31-31 before the Seminoles took their first lead. Morris was awarded two free throws on a Premier technical foul and she hit them both to give FSU its first advantage. Morris didn’t stop there as she scored the game’s next five points to put FSU up 38-31 with 2:32 on the clock. After allowing Premier to pull within two, the Seminoles outscored Premier 8-2 to go up by eight and had a five-point lead at the break. Both teams shot well, with Premier at 52 percent and FSU at 50 percent. FSU had a 16-13 advantage on the boards.
“I thought we came out and started the game slow,” Semrau said. “I don’t think they missed until their fifth or sixth shot of the half and sometimes how you start can be the biggest indicator of how your half is going to go.”
Florida State maintained a small lead for the first five minutes of the second half, but Premier picked up its defense and took back the lead at 51-50 at the 14:33 mark. There was one more tie and four lead changes over the game’s next four minutes before Premier took the lead for good. FSU led 57-56 when Chanel Wright hit one of Premier’s eight three-pointers. Despite pulling with two or fewer five times in the game’s final nine minutes, the Seminoles, who shot just 32 percent from the field in the second half, could not regain the lead. Premier made more free throws than FSU attempted and shot 83 percent from the charity stripe, going 24-for-29 for the game. FSU went 13-for-18 and attempted just nine free throws in the second half. The Seminoles continued their strong rebounding effort and finished the game with a 40-36 advantage.
“What happened on the offensive end in the second half hurt us and on the defensive end, we just didn’t play with as much passion as I felt like we should have,” Semrau said. I wasn’t pleased obviously with how we started the game and I wasn’t pleased with how we started the second half and we are going to need to make some adjustments on that.”
Choice had 12 points and seven rebounds coming off the bench while Neely, who made her first career start, added 11 points and five rebounds in her first action of the season. Rookie Holly Johnson played 31 minutes at the point and had five points, five rebounds and just three turnovers before fouling out of the game with 22 seconds remaining.
“I think every time I step onto the court, I am going to gain more confidence,” Johnson said. “This time, this team had a full-court pressure on me which was a little bit different, but it’s going to prepare me, especially for the ACC. I am going to struggle at certain times, but it’s just a matter of pushing through those times.”
Premier had five players score in double figures and was led by Andrea Garner’s 18 points and Theresa Geter’s 10 rebounds. The squad shot 49 percent for the game.
Florida State will host Alabama State, Florida International and Georgia State in the Seminole Classic on November 22 and 23 at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. FIU and Georgia State will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, while FSU will take on Alabama State at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m.