Feb. 6, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. — Ganiyat Adeduntan had game-highs of 19 points and eight rebounds and Roneeka Hodges added 18 points of her own, but No. 3 Duke’s size was just too much for Florida State as the Seminoles fell 75-64 Sunday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The loss put No. 24 FSU at 19-5 overall and 5-4 in ACC play while the Blue Devils improved to 22-2 overall and 8-1 in the league.
The Seminoles led much of the first half and had a 35-34 edge at halftime but a Duke 24-2 run in the first 9:24 of the second half was the difference in the ball game. Down one at 40-39, FSU suffered three straight turnovers which gave way to the Blue Devils who responded with 18 straight points. Duke also finished the game with a 35-26 rebounding advantage.
“I thought we had done a good job of limiting (Monique) Currie and (Jessica) Foley in the first half and forcing their bigs to score who are not accustomed to,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I know we got beat on some lobs and we are going to get beat on some lobs but I felt like in the second half when we came out we let our offense and our inability to score against the zone really affect us on the defensive end of the floor. We kind of came into who are identity is but we’ve got to be a better defensive team and not worry about scoring the basketball as much as we worry about it.”
The Blue Devils’ Monique Currie finished with a team-high 14 points, 11 of which were in the final 20 minutes.
“I think that Monique Currie is a tremendous player,” Semrau said. “She’s got so many different elements to her game. She has improved as a three-point shooter and you have to defend her that way. She’s a great post up player and she was the one we were worried about the most. Obviously she came up pretty for them in the second half.”
With 12 points, Adeduntan was the only player in double figures in the first half. The Seminoles shot 52 percent for the half and connected on three, three-pointers. Duke did not hit a three-pointer in the first half but kept pace with FSU with 22 points in the paint and another 11 off turnovers. The Tribe went just 10-for-28 (35.7%) in the second half but finished the game with an impressive showing at the free throw line, going 9-for-10 (90.0%) after just three attempts from the charity stripe in the first half.
“We didn’t attack it (in the second half) and I was surprised because we were doing such a great job attacking in the first half,” Semrau said. “I don’t know if it’s that we weren’t getting the looks we wanted, we didn’t hunt hard enough. Our point guards uncharacteristically turned the ball over and that caused a lot of transition buckets on Duke’s part to make that run. I think when you’re leaders are turning it over, it’s a little bit of a confidence-shake.”
Duke shot 52 percent for the game and hit all four of its three-pointers in the second half including back-to-back treys during their run in the second half. The Blue Devils trailed at the half for just the fourth time this season.
“I’m just really excited with this win,” Duke head coach Gail Goestenkors said. “We knew Florida State was a great team. They’re a very tough match up for us because they basically have five guards out there much of the time. They play so well together and move the ball, pass the ball and they post up their guards. Roneeka Hodges is one of the best wings that I think I’ve seen out there. We knew they were hungry for a win after they’d lost two ACC games so we knew this was going to be a battle and I am just proud of the way my team responded, especially in the second half. I thought our defense was much better in the second half and our zone was very good for us as well.”
Alicia Gladden also scored in double figures for FSU with 15 points. She added four assists, four rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes of play.
The Seminoles will return to Tallahassee and prepare to host Clemson (7-13, 1-8 ACC) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.