Feb. 23, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite leading at halftime, the Florida State women’s basketball team suffered its fifth straight loss, falling 63-54 to Virginia on Sunday afternoon at University Hall. FSU fell to 15-10 overall and 7-7 in ACC play while UVA improved to 14-12 and 8-7 in league action.
“I thought it was just a matter of missing shots,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It was unfortunate because we did shoot so well in the first half. We took a little bit quicker shots in the second half then we did in the first half and we went away from our post game and our penetration which we got a lot off of in the first half.”
There were seven lead changes and two ties in the first eight and a half minutes of the game. Three of Virginia’s first four buckets were from three-point range, but the Seminoles responded as four different players scored in the first five minutes of the game to get the team going. Senior Trinetta Moore scored six of FSU’s first 12 points and the Tribe ledn12-11 at the 12:42 mark. The Seminoles outscored the Cavaliers 12-4 over the next four minutes, with buckets from six different players, and built their largest lead at nine points with 8:27 left in the half. Another Virginia three-pointer got the Cavaliers going. In fact, including the trey, UVA ran off 11 of the game’s next 14 points and pulled to within a point at 27-26 with just over three minutes on the clock. However, FSU’s LaQuinta Neely kept the Seminoles in control and in the lead. The sophomore scored the Tribe’s final eight points and FSU had a 33-31 advantage at the break. Neely led all players with 12 points and five rebounds in the first half while Moore added eight for the Seminoles. FSU shot 54 percent for the half and outrebounded UVA 16-14. Both teams took care of the ball. Virginia committed eight turnovers while the Seminoles had just seven.
Moore scored on an easy lay up on the opening possession of the second half, but the Seminoles weren’t sharp from the field like they were in the first half. Virginia forced the game’s third tie at 35-35 on two free throws by Cherrise Graham with 15:49 left in the game. In fact, six of UVA’s first 10 points of the second half were from the free throw line as Florida State picked up its seventh foul with just under 14 minutes to play. Virginia had just two fouls at that point. The Cavaliers took their first lead since the 13:37 mark of the first half with 14:32 left in the second half on a bucket by Brandi Teamer, making the score 38-37. That basket started a 12-2 UVA run and the Cavaliers had a 48-40 lead with just over 10 minutes left. The second half belonged to Graham who hit two threes and four free throws and gave Virginia a 10-point lead at 55-45 with seven minutes to play. Ganiyat Adeduntan hit a free throw to pull the Seminoles to within nine only to have the Cavaliers score the next eight straight points to put the lead at 17 points. FSU made a run and scored the next eight points to pull within nine but could get no closer as time was on Virginia’s side.
Florida State shot just 18 percent from the field in the second half to finish the game at 36 percent. Neely led the Seminoles with 14 points while Moore added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. FSU outrebounded UVA, 41-36.
The Seminoles will host league-leading Duke on Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.