Feb. 9, 2006
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Led by Ganiyat Adeduntan and Holly Johnson’s 16 points apiece, four Seminoles scored in double figures as Florida State took a commanding 79-54 win over the Miami Hurricanes Thursday night at the BankUnited Center. The Seminoles improved to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in ACC play and remain in a solid fourth place in the league. UM dropped to 15-8 overall and 5-5 in ACC action.
“I was a little bit skeptical coming in and we talked to our team before the game about losing our hunger
and how important it is when you are taking care of business to stay hungry,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought our seniors did a good job right off the bat of making sure everybody was very focused. We are just getting better and better with each game.”
Alicia Gladden and Britany Miller scored 14 and 11 points, respectively while Miller led all players with nine rebounds. The Seminoles also commanded the boards and finished the game with a 44-35 rebounding advantage.
FSU led by double digits for the final 31:46 of the game and by at least 20 points for the final 9:16 of the contest. The Seminoles turned a 17-point halftime lead into a 21 point lead with the first four points of the second half but then the Hurricanes tried to make a game of it. Up 51-28, the Seminoles were held scoreless for nearly five minutes while Miami ran off nine unanswered points to pull within 14 with more than 14 minutes left in the game and would get that close two more times before the Seminoles pulled away for good. With the score 56-42, FSU went on an 18-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 30 points. Six different Seminoles scored during the stretch. The closest the `Canes got the rest of the game was 20 points.
Adeduntan got the Seminoles started in the first half with the game’s first four points and the Seminoles never stopped and went into the locker room up 45-28. By the 11:46 mark, FSU had its first double-digit lead at 22-11 and had its largest lead of the half at 20 points with 1.5 seconds left until Miami’s Renee Taylor sunk three free throws after Johnson’s aggressiveness resulted in a foul. Johnson’s 4-for-5 shooting from three-point land boosted the Seminoles who had a 21-16 advantage on the boards in the first 20 minutes. Florida State was in the bonus by the 13:14 mark and went 12-for-16 from the line.
“Not only is Holly (Johnson) getting it done by running the show but now she’s having some fun getting up the floor in transition and passing the ball,” Semrau said. “Some of the passes she had tonight, I don’t know where they came from but that kid is playing with a ton of confidence and everybody else has some confidence with it.”
The Seminoles will host Virginia Tech Monday, February 13th at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally.