Feb. 4, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Florida State women’s basketball team suffered its
worst defeat of the season with a 93-63 loss to No. 22 North Carolina on
Monday night at Carmichael Auditorium. FSU’s record went to 11-11 overall
and 2-9 in the ACC while UNC improved to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in ACC play.
Seminole freshman Genesis Choice led FSU with a career-high 14 points off of
“Carolina did a great job jumping on us early,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau
said. “That’s something we have to work on. It’s happened to us a couple
times as of late. They (UNC) just had a tremendous shooting night. Hats
off to Carolina.”
Tasheika Morris scored Florida State’s first five points as the Seminoles
and Tar Heels traded baskets to open the game. FSU trailed just 12-9 at the
16:52 mark when UNC went on a 10-0 run that turned into a 25-2 run and took
a 37-11 with just under eight minutes to play in the half. Florida State
was called for five fouls in the first six minutes and at one time, the foul
count was FSU 9 and UNC 3. The Tar Heels went into the bonus at the 7:51
mark and went 6-for-7 from the free throw line. UNC shot 53 percent for
half, led 49-24 at the break and had a 19-16 rebounding edge. FSU shot 30
percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. Morris, who despite
playing only 13 minutes in the first half due to being called for two quick
fouls, led FSU with eight points in the first half.
North Carolina scored the first four points of the second half to take its
largest lead of 30 points and Semrau quickly changed her line up. Freshmen
Genesis Choice, LaQuinta Neely and Linnea Liljestrand all went into the game
within the first five minutes of the second half. Choice and Liljestrand
combined for 14 of FSU’s first 24 points of the half. UNC committed 17
second half fouls and Florida State went 20-of-26 from the free throw line
in the final 20 minutes, but the Seminoles would get no closer than 23
points. The Tar Heels shot 55 percent for the game and outrebounded FSU 38-30.
FSU’s next game will be against Maryland on Thursday, February 7th at
the Leon County Civic Center at 7 p.m.