Feb. 19, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. – Despite a 27-26 halftime lead, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 65-55 to NC State Thursday night at Reynolds Coliseum. The loss put the Seminoles at 13-12 overall and 6-8 in the ACC while the Wolfpack went to 16-11 and 8-6 in league play. With a career-high 15 points, freshman Alicia Gladden led the Tribe in scoring for the second straight game.
“I thought NC State played a great defensive game and really took our post game from us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Once we got the ball inside, they would double team our posts and we didn’t do a good job of getting it back outside. I felt we were a little more concerned with (Kaayla) Chones and not their penetration which was effective. Any ACC road game is tough, especially this time of year.”
A Ganiyat Adeduntan three-pointer with two seconds left gave Florida State its only lead of the first half and the Seminoles went into the locker room with a 27-26 advantage. The Tribe trailed by as many as seven points at 14-7 at the 12 minute mark but led by Gladden’s seven points, seven different Seminoles scored in the first 20 minutes. Down seven, FSU’s freshmen brought the Seminoles back. Gladden hit a jumper to start a 7-0 run. Freshman Ronalda Pierce followed with a three-point play and Gladden hit another jumper at the end of the spurt. The Wolfpack answered with two straight three-pointers and went on to go back up six but the Seminoles finished the half strong. FSU shot 41 percent for the half but was just 2-for-5 from the free throw line. NC State’s Nanna Rivers led the Pack with six points. The Wolfpack shot 36 percent and had an 18-17 advantage in rebounding.
No more than three points separated the two teams in the first six minutes of the second half. Then back-to-back three-point plays put the Pack back up seven at 44-37 with 13:33 remaining. It was the freshmen again who paced the Seminoles. Gladden and rookie point guard Shante Williams combined for 14 of the Tribe’s first 16 second half points. FSU fought back to within three twice but could not get any closer. The Seminoles trailed 56-52 with just over four minutes to play but NC State went on a 6-1 run to go up nine and FSU scored just three points the rest of the game.
FSU shot 37 percent for the game and outrebounded NC State 37-36. The Wolfpack were led by Kaayla Chones 16 points and thanks to 56 percent shooting in the second half, finished the game at 46 percent.
FSU will travel to Virginia for a 4 p.m. game on Sunday, February 22nd.