Feb. 9, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In a solid team effort, the Florida State women’s basketball team made it two wins in a row with a 63-56 victory over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center. FSU improved to 13-11 overall and 4-9 in ACC play while the Demon Deacons fell to 10-13 and 4-9 in the league.
“I thought it was a really great team effort today,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “Players who’ve stepped up for us in the past and who we’ve relied on maybe didn’t have their best games, but we had players like Quint (Neely) and Genesis (Choice) who came off the bench and did a tremendous job for us. I’m just really proud of them. I felt like our defensive effort, again, was outstanding.”
Florida State started the game slow and trailed 7-2 in the opening minutes and was down 15-9 at the 12:10 mark. But the Seminoles came fighting back and scored eight straight points on their way to 17 of the game’s next 21 to take a seven-point advantage at 26-19 with 4:31 remaining. The Deacons rallied to tie the game at 28-28, but Tasheika Morris, who led the team in the first 20 minutes with six points, hit a free throw with 21 seconds to give the Tribe a 29-28 halftime lead. Semrau spread out the offense as nine Seminoles played at least five minutes in the first half. FSU shot 46 percent and had a 22-15 rebounding advantage. Wake Forest, who was led by Tonia Brown’s 12 points, was held to just 36 percent shooting.
Wake Forest scored first in the second half and took back the lead and then the game went back and forth for next six minutes. Trailing, 37-35, FSU went on an 8-0 run to go up six and FSU led the rest of the game. Wake Forest kept it close however, and pulled to within a point at 45-44 with 8:06 on the clock, but the Seminoles hung tough, outscoring the Deacs 9-3 to take their largest lead of seven at 54-47. Wake Forest got no closer than four the rest of the way.
Morris led the team with 16 points while Shinikki Whiting added 12. Freshman LaQuinta Neely, who sparked the team in the first half, had a solid second half, scoring eight of her 10 points. She also added seven rebounds to her three first-half boards for a team-high 10 and recorded her first career double-double. Freshman Genesis Choice contributed seven points, six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench.
FSU shot just 39 percent for the game but had a 45-42 rebounding advantage. Wake Forest shot just 33 percent from field for the game and was led by Brown’s 20 points. Tracy Alston had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Deacs.
The Seminoles will play at NC State on Thursday, February 14th at 7 p.m.