Dec. 19, 2008
CANCUN, Mexico – Doomed by turnover problems and poor foul shooting, the Florida State women’s basketball team lost to Washington 62-60 Friday night in the second game for both programs at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.
FSU (9-3) trailed most of the second half but made things interesting against the Huskies (4-4) late in the contest.
Trailing 62-56 with under one minute left to play, senior guard Mara Freshour made an improbable 3-pointer despite the fact that she was fouled on the shot. The Nashville, Ind. native then went to the line and calmly drilled her one free-throw to cut the Huskies’ lead to just 62-60 with 43 second left in regulation.
Then on Washington’s ensuing offensive possession, the FSU defense did its job and forced a turnover by Huskies guard Christina Rozier with 21 seconds remaining. But the Seminoles couldn’t capitalize as sophomore guard Christian Hunnicutt’s potential game-tying shot missed its mark as the buzzer sounded.
The Seminoles were ultimately done in by a collective poor performance at the free-throw line. FSU went to the charity stripe 25 times but converted only 14 of those attempts for a mark of just 56 percent.
Not helping matters was the fact that the Seminoles tied their season high in turnovers with 26 giveaways. The Huskies, who were coming off the worst loss in program history after falling to No. 1-ranked UConn 109-51 a day earlier, capitalized on those opportunities as they scored 23 points off of turnovers.
Laura McLellan led all Washington scorers with 11 points.
Both teams went to the locker rooms at halftime with the score knotted at 34-34. Trailing by as many as 11 early on, Washington closed the gap by going on a 22-11 run to close the first half.
The Seminoles won’t return to action until Sunday when they conclude the Caribbean Classic against the nation’s best team in UConn. In addition to blasting Washington in their first game of the Caribbean Classic, UConn is coming off an 85-40 win over Northern Colorado Friday evening.
The matchup between Florida State and UConn is slated for a 3:30 p.m. (CST) tip-off.