March 21, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. – Junior Linnea Liljestrand scored a season-high 18 points,
on six second half three pointers, and senior Tasheika Allen contributed 18
points of her own, but the Florida State women’s basketball team (15-15)
ended its season with an 84-77 loss to the Richmond Spiders (22-9) at the
Robins Center Sunday afternoon in WNIT second round action.
After trailing 45-24 at the half, the Seminoles found themselves 28 points
down with 15:10 left in the game and decided to do something about it. FSU
scored nine straight points on its way to a 25-3 run and went on to pull
within three points with just under four minutes to play but it was a too
little, too late for the Tribe. Six different Seminoles scored during the
run, but at one point, Liljestrand hit four of the Tribe’s next five shots,
all from long range. Florida State had to foul down the stretch and the
Spiders’ final six points were from the free throw line.
FSU led 7-4 early, but the Spiders went on a 27-4 run to take a commanding
20-point lead at 31-11 with 7:40 left in the first half. The Seminoles, who
trailed by 21 at halftime, couldn’t get anything going on either side of the
court and shot 37 percent, committed 10 turnovers and were outrebounded
20-14 in the first half.
The Seminoles made a Florida State-record 12 three pointers in the game and
after a much-improved second half from the field (54 percent), the Tribe
shot 47 percent for the game and closed the gap in rebounding and was
outrebounded 39-36. FSU also took much better care of the ball with six
second half turnovers for 16 in the game.