Dec. 20, 2003
MALIBU, Calif. – Despite four Seminoles in double figures, including a game-high 15 points from senior Lauren Bradley, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell to No. 19 TCU, 81-68, Saturday night in the first round of the Malibu Beach Classic, hosted by Pepperdine University. The Seminoles fell to 5-3 overall while the Horned Frogs improved to 7-1 on the year. FSU will play Fairleigh-Dickinson on Sunday in the consolation game at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern).
“TCU is a very solid basketball team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win. I liked how hard we played, but we didn’t shoot the ball well. Tasheika has been so steady for us and her shots weren’t dropping and she was getting good looks. We crashed the offensive boards well and we got some second and third chance opportunities. That really helped us to have an opportunity to win the game but we’ve got to shoot the ball well.”
TCU opened the game with a three-pointer and went on to take an 11-4 lead in the first few minutes, but the Seminoles came running back. Three different Seminoles scored as the Tribe ran off six unanswered to pull within a point. The Lady Frogs answered with their second three of the game to go up 14-10. A balanced offensive attack allowed the Seminoles to go on a 12-2 run over the next three minutes of the game. FSU took its first lead at the 11:30 mark during that stretch and maintained an advantage, with its largest being 22-16, until 4:04 left in the half. TCU led by a bucket at 28-26 with 3:28 on the clock and then hit three straight three-pointers to close out the half. The Seminoles managed just four points during that period and trailed 37-30 at the break. Lauren Bradley scored six of FSU’s final eight points of the half and led FSU with nine points in 12 minutes of play off of the bench. Angela Sutton led the Tribe with five rebounds as the Seminoles dominated the boards, outrebounding the Lady Frogs 24-17. FSU shot just 32 percent from the field but went 12-for-14 for 86 percent from the free throw line. Leading scorer Tasheika Allen was held to just three first-half points. TCU’s Ashley Davis rallied for 10 points as the Lady Frogs shot 42 percent and hit five three-pointers.
FSU scored the first five points of the second half to pull within just two but the Lady Frogs responded with nine of the game’s next 11 points to match their largest lead at nine points at 46-37. The Seminoles went on a run of their own, outscoring TCU 7-1, and pulled to within three at 47-44 with 12:37 remaining. In fact, FSU would pull to within three points, three more times over the game’s next five minutes. But TCU continued to be solid from beyond the arc, which was the difference in the game. The Lady Frogs connected on nine treys for the game. With 7:13 left in the game and the score 57-54 in TCU’s favor, the Lady Frogs scored 10 unanswered points, including two buckets from three-point range, to take a 13 point lead. FSU continued to fight and scored five straight to pull within eight points with just under five minutes to play, but TCU hit two free throws to go back up 10 and led by double digits the rest of the game.
FSU shot just 38 percent from the field for the game but a much-improved 78 percent from the free throw line. Sutton tallied a season-high 14 points while Ganiyat Adeduntan and Allen added 10 points apiece. The Seminoles outrebounded the Lady Frogs 42-37. TCU shot 44 percent and was led by Sandora Irvin’s 14 points.