Nov. 22, 2002
TALLAHASSEE – Florida State freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan led all scorers with 23 points and sophomore Genesis Choice recorded her first double-double with a career-high 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to lead the Seminoles to a convincing 89-61 win over Alabama State in the season-opener at the 2002 Seminole Classic, Friday night at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
Florida State will face Georgia State, a 72-67 winner over FIU, in the championship game of the Seminole Classic on Saturday at 8 p.m. Florida International and Alabama State will tip off at 6 p.m. in the consolation game.
“I loved our team defense in the first half,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “In the second half with Trinetta (Moore) and Tasheika (Morris) in foul trouble, our combinations were a little different than maybe I’d like to have, but a lot of people got to see the floor and did some good things. I think that it was important to get some folks off to a good start on our home court. I like the fact that Alabama State put some pressure on us and I like the fact that we learned how to attack it with poise.”
It may have been first-game jitters because it took the Seminoles a few minutes to get going, but once they did, they didn’t stop. FSU trailed 6-4 at the 14:42 mark of the first half, when Adeduntan hit a three-pointer that sparked the Seminoles into a 15-0 run and a 13 point lead. Florida State would lead by double digits the rest of the game. FSU’s biggest lead of the first half was 18 and the Tribe went into the locker room with a 34-20 halftime advantage. Led by Katelyn Vujas’ five boards, Florida State had a 19-10 advantage in the rebounding department and the Seminole defense held Alabama State to 29 percent shooting. Adeduntan had 10 first half points as FSU shot 43 percent from the field.
Florida State had a strong start to the second half, scoring 10 of the first 13 points, and went on to shoot 59 percent in the final 20 minutes. Adeduntan continued her hot hand and went 3-for-3 from three-point range in the second half. She finished the game with five three-pointers. Choice scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half and was a monster in the rebounding department, adding eight boards to her three in the first half. Because of the solid lead, Florida State was able to try different line up combinations and all 12 Seminoles played in the contest and all 12 scored. Florida State finished the game with a 43-27 rebounding advantage and had 16 assists and 14 steals.
“I couldn’t have been prouder of Ganiyat in the way she came out in her first start as a freshman,” Semrau said. “She did a great job of attacking. Genesis is just so unselfish. For her to see that she had a mismatch and ask for the ball was really huge.”
Alabama State was led by Shameka Jackson’s 19 points and Frantina Coleman’s 12. Brandy Davis led the team with five rebounds.