Nov. 7, 2004
From the tip of the ball, the Seminoles played with a purpose in Florida State’s 88-50 win over the Miami Suns in exhibition action Sunday afternoon at the Tucker Center. Senior Roneeka Hodges scored the first two buckets of the game to get things started and the Tribe never looked back. Florida State coupled a balanced offensive attack with an aggressive defensive effort in its first competition of the season.
“I like when we got out and ran hard and the different things that we are going to be able to come up with,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “Conditioning for us is going to be huge. Obviously having Tiffiny Buckelew and Nikki Anthony available is going to help us a lot. Overall, I thought defensively, we caused a lot of things to happen and that’s what we want is our defense to dictate our offense.”
“There’s a lot of different people that get different looks and they’re very unselfish,” Semrau said. “They want to make the extra pass and we’ve been working on that a lot, to draw someone to you and then find the next one. Not only creating a catch but once you catch that ball off the penetration that you are either ready to shoot or do something else with it and I saw that a lot. Another thing I liked was our assists in the second half was a better margin than in the first half. Still that’s not as many as I would expect from us but we did shoot the ball very well.”
In her first game as a Seminole, Hodges turned in a very complete game with a double-double of 15 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. She also added three assists and three steals in 31 minutes of play. Ganiyat Adeduntan and freshman Christie Lautsch added 11 points apiece. LaQuinta Neely, who is coming off a knee injury, looked solid in 21 minutes of play and contributed eight points and a team-high four assists.
After a 38-26 halftime lead, FSU outscored the Suns 19-4 in the first seven minutes of the second half to take a commanding 27-point lead and led by at least 23 the rest of the game, including by 31 or more points in the final 6:15.
In the first half, FSU scored eight unanswered points to open the game and had its first double-digit lead at the 14:11 mark at 13-2. The Seminoles, who shot 52 percent in the first half and held the Suns to 25 percent shooting, had a double figure lead the rest of the way with their largest lead of the first half at 22 points. Hodges and Linnea Liljestrand, who made her first start since her freshman year, led the Seminoles with eight points each in the first 20 minutes.
The Seminoles will wrap up its exhibition season when they host EA Sports on Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m.