Dec. 3, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Tasheika Morris scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 58-47 win over Indiana Tuesday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. With the win, the Seminoles improved to 4-1 while the Hoosiers fell to 3-2.
“This was a big win for us tonight,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “Anytime you can go head to head with one of the bigger conferences and come up with a win, it’s really nice. Our defensive intensity set the tone to start the first half and we were able to sustain it. We took good care of the basketball in the first half as well. To hold a team to 29 percent shooting, I’m very proud of our players for that.”
It took both teams a couple of minutes to get on the board, but once the Seminoles did, they took control of the game. The only tie was 2-2 at the 18:00 mark and the Seminoles ran off six unanswered points and led the remainder of the game. FSU didn’t begin to pull away until Morris, who had 11 strong first half points, went to work. The Tribe led just 18-15 but then outscored Indiana 14-2 in the final 6:29 to take a convincing 15 point lead at 58-47. Morris had six of those points and a steal in the run. Florida State shot 42 percent from the field and held the Hoosiers to 21 percent, but Indiana had a 25-20 rebounding edge. The Seminoles also took care of the ball, committing just five turnovers in the first half. IU leading scorer Jenny DeMuth, who was averaging 19.3 points per game coming in, played just 10 minutes and scored just two points after suffering a mild concussion on a charge. She did not return.
The Seminoles continued their solid play for the first 15 minutes of the second half and led by as many as 21 points with a balanced scoring attack. Senior Katelyn Vujas stepped up with six points and seven rebounds in the second half to finish the game with 10 points and a team-high eight boards. Sophomore LaQuinta Neely also turned it on and finished the contest with 13 points and seven rebounds and was one of three players to record three steals as the Seminoles finished with 11 for the game. Florida State led by 17 with 4:45 left in the game, but a couple of missed baskets and a couple of missed free throws resulted in trips down the floor for Indiana and the Hoosiers capitalized, scoring eight unanswered to pull within nine at 52-43 with under three minutes to play. The Hoosiers could get no closer and the Tribe’s last six points were off of free throws. FSU came away with the 11-point win. FSU junior Angela Sutton saw significant minutes for the first time this season and had seven points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
“I just feel we come out and start games real soft and tentative,” Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett said. “I was just real disappointed with our first half performance. I felt good about our second half performance and the energy and the spark that we had in the second half.”
FSU’s defense held Indiana to 29 percent shooting for the game. Angela Hawkins and April Williams scored eight points apiece to lead the Hoosiers while Hawkins grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. IU had a 42-39 rebounding edge.
Florida State will travel to South Florida for a 7 p.m. tilt on Saturday, December 7th while Indiana will host Georgetown that evening at 5 p.m.