March 17, 2004
MOBILE, Ala. – Shante Williams scored a team-high 19 points, 15 in the
second half, to lead the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 67-61
win over South Alabama in WNIT first round action. The Seminoles (15-14)
advance to the second round where they will face the winner of Thursday’s
South Florida/Richmond game. USA ended its season at 22-7.
“It was a battle boy,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “South Alabama did a
great job of taking advantage of their quickness. We had a touch time
defending them and especially when they stepped out and hit their threes
because we were stepping off to grab the cutoff. We rebounded extremely
well and it paid off in the end. Shante (Williams) is a big time player.
She took over at key times and great players do that. Overall, I am pleased
with the way we shot the ball on the road.”
FSU led 37-34 at the half but the first 13 minutes of the second half saw 10
lead changes and seven ties. Florida State trailed 45-43 at the 12:14 mark
when Williams ran off 15 of the Tribe’s next 19 points to give the Tribe its
largest lead of the night at 62-55 with 3:09 left. FSU led the final 6:44
of the game. The Seminoles shot 43 percent for the game and outrebounded
the Lady Jags, 50-29. Sophomore Ganiyat Adeduntan and freshman Ronalda
Pierce also hit double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Williams led the way with eight rebounds.
After South Alabama hit one of its six first half three-pointers to open the
game, the Lady Jags led until 1:37 remaining when Pierce hit a lay up to
give the Seminoles a 34-32 advantage. FSU trailed 28-23 and had given up
six three-pointers when the Seminoles decided to return the favor with three
treys of their own as Adeduntan hit two and Holly Johnson split those with
one of her own. Pierce and Adeduntan combined for 22 of FSU’s 37 first half
points. Despite being down as many as nine points, the Tribe shot 55
percent for the half.