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Seminoles Bounce Back, Defeat Penn State 73-60 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Dec. 3, 2008


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team defeated visiting Penn State 73-60 Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The FSU (6-2) victory over the Lady Lions (4-3) comes on the heels of an upset loss in the championship contest of the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

After falling to Valparaiso in a game in which the Seminoles never had a lead, FSU never trailed in the matchup against Penn State Wednesday night. The Seminoles led by as many as 23 points in the ballgame.

“I was really pleased with the way we came out defensively,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “That was really the difference tonight.”

Florida State limited the Lady Lions to 41.5-percent shooting and forced 29 turnovers. More importantly, the Seminoles held a very good 3-point-shooting Penn State team to just 20 percent shooting from behind the arc.

After allowing 12 fast-break points in the first half, the Seminoles dug their heels in and didn’t allow another easy Lady Lions basket in the game’s final 20 minutes.

“We discussed the transition points at length at half time,” Semrau said. “And we came back out and didn’t allow any.”

The stout defensive performance by the Seminoles did its part in setting up things on the offensive end. In total, three FSU players scored in double figures as junior Jacinta Monroe led the scoring assault with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds and four blocks. She was also a stellar 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

True freshman center Cierra Bravard added 15 and five rebounds while junior forward Alysha Harvin provided a spark off the bench with a season-high 14-point performance.

Senior Mara Freshour, who returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench the previous three games, added eight points, three assists and four rebounds from her spot at the point guard position.

“Penn State is a very big, very tall team,” Semrau said. “They have good girth and good size and are very strong. I think we just out-quicked them and I think that was really our advantage.”

Florida State won the rebounding battle 43-36, including 20 offensive boards compared to 15 by Penn State. The Seminoles also converted 17 second-chance points while the Lady Lions mustered just six.

FSU’s return home after a two-game slate in the Rocky Mountains will be short lived as the Seminoles head to Philadelphia for a matchup with Temple Sunday at 2 p.m.

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