Feb. 18, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In a see-saw battle second half, Florida State senior Alicia Gladden scored 16 of her team-high 21 points in the final 20 minutes to lead the Seminoles to a 79-77 win at Virginia Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena. FSU improved to 19-8 overall and 8-4 in the ACC while Virginia went to 15-12 on the year and 4-8 in league action.
“Virginia’s a very, very good basketball team and very young as well,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They’re not losing much this next year and for us to be able to step up and answer the shots that they were able to knock down, I’m really proud of our basketball team.”
Florida State shot 47 percent and committed just four turnovers in the second half to earn its fourth straight win over the Virginia Cavaliers. Sophomores Britany Miller and Tanae Davis-Cain added 17 and 15 points, respectively in the game while Miller led all Seminoles with eight rebounds.
Down three at the break, the Seminoles came out firing in the second half and scored the first four points to regain the lead but it would be a battle the remainder of the game with five lead changes and 11 ties. FSU built a six-point lead but the Cavaliers came back. Then, with the game tied at 49-49 with 11:39 to go, the Seminoles ran off seven unanswered points thanks to buckets by Miller and Nikki Anthony and a three-pointer by Mara Freshour but the Cavaliers came back. A jumper with 1:41 left by Shante Williams, who had seven points, a game-high six assists and just one turnover in 35 minutes of play, put the Seminoles up for good.
The Seminoles went 16-for-20 from the free throw line and tied their season-high at 80 percent. Virginia shot 94.4 percent from the charity stripe and outrebounded FSU 47-39 but the Seminole defense forced 17 Cavalier turnovers.
Davis-Cain sparked the Seminoles off of the bench in the first half with 10 points but FSU trailed 35-32 at the break. The Seminoles had just two leads in the half and they were in the final seven minutes and by just two points each time. The Cavs took an early 11-4 lead and Florida State played catch up most of the half. Long-range shooting kept the Seminoles in the game as they hit four straight treys and went 4-for-10 for the half. Miller had eight points and led the team with five rebounds but Virginia dominated the boards in the first 20 minutes with a 27-16 advantage.
UVA was led by Lyndra Littles’ 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Florida State will host Clemson (12-14, 4-7 ACC) Thursday, February 22nd at 7 p.m. in the final regular-season home game. FSU will honor Alicia Gladden in a Senior Night ceremony prior to tip-off.