Nov. 29, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Tasheika Allen hit back-to-back three-pointers with under four minutes to play to help guide the Seminoles to a come-from-behind 72-70 victory over UW-Milwaukee in the first round of the 2003 Seminole Classic at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Allen scored a team-high16 points as the Seminoles improved to 2-1 on the young season. UW-Milwaukee fell to 1-3 on the year. FSU will face Harvard, 75-73 (2OT) winners over Liberty in the early game of the Classic, at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Liberty and UW-Milwaukee will get things started at 2 p.m.
“Tasheika comes up big at big times,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “She wants to be the one that takes those shots and I think everybody at Florida State is on that same wavelength. Shante (Williams) came up with a big bucket at the end of the game too and hitting a couple of clutch free throws was Lauren (Bradley) at the end which was really big.”
Florida State trailed from the 11:05 mark of the first half until the 3:28 mark of the second half when Allen hit the first of the two straight threes. The bucket gave FSU a 65-64 lead but the Panthers’ Maria Viall, who led all scorers with 25 points, hit a jumper to regain the lead. It would be UWM’s last lead of the evening. Allen hit the second three-pointer and the Panthers’ tied the game twice down the stretch, but Williams’ jumper with 25 seconds left proved to be the game-winner. In the second half, UW-Milwaukee maintained a lead of at least six points, and as many as 11, until 6:02 left in the game.
“We’re fortunate to come away with a win,” Semrau said. “UW-Milwaukee played a tremendous basketball game and kept us out of our game for much of the night. We were able to hold them to 23 points in the second half and that was the difference. Giving up as many points as we did in the first half, we didn’t do a good job on the boards and I thought our kids did a good job of adjusting in the second half. We just weren’t shooting the ball very well and we always have to play good defense whether we are shooting well or not.”
UW-Milwaukee shot an impressive 67 percent and had a 47-36 lead at the half. The first nine minutes saw five lead changes and four ties. With the score tied at 16 apiece at the 11:35 mark, the Panthers scored eight straight points and led the rest of the half. Despite shooting 50 percent for the half, Florida State couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively. Allen, who came into the game averaging 22.0 points per game, scored the Seminoles’ first five points of the game, but had just seven at the break. Genesis Choice came off the bench to add seven points. Trinetta Moore led the way with three rebounds. Viall and Teri Huff led UW-Milwaukee with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Huff led all players with six rebounds as the Panthers had a 14-12 edge in the rebounding department. The Tribe trailed by nine at the 7:57 mark when the Seminole youngsters got involved. Freshman Ronalda Pierce hit two free throws and sophomore Ganiyat Adeduntan hit a three-pointer to pull FSU to within four with 7:05 on the clock, but Viall and Huff responded and combined for the game’s next five points to put UVM back up by nine. The Seminoles pulled to within five twice in the final three minutes of the half, including 39-34 with 2:28 left to play, but the Panthers scored the final six points to take their largest lead of 11.