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Seminoles Fall 66-59 At Georgia Tech In ACC Opener

Jan. 2, 2004

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ATLANTA, Ga. — The Florida State women’s basketball team fell 66-59 Georgia Tech in the ACC opener for both clubs on Friday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. FSU fell to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the ACC while Georgia Tech improved to 10-3 overall and 1-0 in league play.

The Seminoles led 29-27 at halftime, but it was just Florida State’s second lead of the half. The Tribe scored the first bucket of the game but fell behind by seven early at 11-4 when Georgia Tech scored 11 of the game’s next 13 points. The Seminoles rallied for five unanswered points to pull within two, but quickly found themselves down six again. When senior Trinetta Moore entered the game, she sparked the Tribe with five straight points and FSU trailed just one at 15-14 with 7:34 remaining in the half. Over the next three minutes of the game, however, Georgia Tech ran off 10 unanswered points to take its largest lead of the half at 25-14 with 4:24 on the clock. FSU went to work in the final 4:03 of the half with a 15-2 run, led by sophomore Holly Johnson who hit back-to-back three’s on her way to eight of those points. The Yellow Jackets scored just one more basket the rest of the half. FSU shot just 35 percent for the half and was outrebounded 25-14. The Tribe was 4-for-10 from three-point land. Johnson led all scorers with 11 points while the Yellow Jackets, who shot 38 percent from the field, were led by Fallon Stokes’ 10 points. Tasheika Allen, FSU’s scoring leader this season, scored the first two points of the game but went 1-for-7 from the field and failed to score again in the half.

Georgia Tech hit two straight three-pointers in the first minute of the second half and led by as many as seven at 37-30 with 17:47 left in the game. The Seminoles could not get anything going offensively and scored just three points in the first seven minutes. The Yellow Jackets built leads of 10 points three different times, but the Seminoles fought back. Tech led 46-36 with 11:17 remaining when the Tribe scored seven straight and 14 of the next 17 points to regain the lead at 50-49. Five different Seminoles scored in the rally but it was freshman Ronalda Pierce that really fired up the team as she made things happen on both ends of the floor. Johnson also hit her fourth three of the game in the stretch. Georgia Tech’s next three baskets were from three-point range, but each time, the Seminoles responded. Over the next six minutes, no more than three points separated the two teams until the final 10 seconds of the game when the Yellow Jackets hit four straight foul shots. Tech’s final three of the game, which gave them a 58-57 lead with 3:27 left, proved to be the difference maker as the Yellow Jackets never trailed again and outscored the Seminoles 8-2 the rest of the way.

Johnson finished with a season-high 14 points to lead the Seminoles. Pierce had a solid second half with eight points to finish with 10 for the game. Allen, who came into the game averaging 13.4 points per game vs. Georgia Tech, played just four minutes in the second half and went 0-for-1, finishing with a career-low two points for the game. FSU shot just 37 percent for the game and was outrebounded 47-37. Stokes led Tech with a game-high 18 points. The Yellow Jackets hit five three pointers in the second half.

The Seminoles will remain on the road and face No. 4 Duke in Durham on Monday, January 5th. Game time is 7 p.m.

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