Dec. 21, 2004
Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan’s team-high 16 points and eight rebounds helped the Florida State Seminoles earn a 67-56 win over Towson (6-3) Tuesday in second round action of the San Juan Shootout. The Seminoles improved to 10-0 and tied the program’s longest winning streak. FSU will play the winner of tonight’s Northwestern/UNC-Charlotte in the championship game on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
The Seminoles never trailed and used a strong defensive performance to maintain control of the game. FSU had 10 steals and controlled the boards, outrebounding the Tigers 43-29. Towson hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final 32 seconds of the game to make the final score respectable, but the Seminoles had a double-digit lead the final 18:50 of the game, including as many as 17 points twice in the final 1:20 of the game.
Senior Roneeka Hodges and sophomore Alicia Gladden also recorded double digits for the `Noles with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Gladden, who got in early foul trouble and played just five minutes in the first half, also led the team with five steals.
“We just finished our third game in the last four days, so I was pleased with the way the team responded when we challenged them to go to the offensive glass,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “Alicia Gladden got in early foul trouble but went to the glass hard and was awarded three offensive boards and then having five steals on the defensive end, I thought she was just a real spark for us tonight. We got the opportunity to get some of our bigger post players some minutes which is going to help us down the stretch.”
Florida State led by double digits at 37-26 at halftime and Towson scored first in the second half to pull within nine, but Gladden hit two free throws to put the Tribe back up 11. All 10 Seminoles saw playing time in the second half and nine players scored in the game. Adeduntan was 2-for-3 from three-point range and went 8-for-12 from the free throw line. Post players Hannah Linquist, Nikki Anthony and Christie Lautsch combined for 12 points and eight rebounds and each saw 14 or more minutes of play.
The Tribe led 9-7 early in the first half and went on a 7-0 run to go up nine at the 11:59 mark. FSU’s first double-digit lead was at the 10:37 mark.
“Tomorrow will be our fourth game in five days so we are going to have to have just a lot of focus and a lot of heart to come out tomorrow night,” Semrau said.
Wednesday night’s game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or on www.seminoles.com.