Aug. 24, 2005
UDINE, Italy – Post players Nikki Anthony, Hannah Linquist and Christie Lautsch combined for 43 points and 31 rebounds in Florida State’s 97-34 win over Fagagna Wednesday night. The Seminoles opened the game on a 14-0 run and never looked back.
“It was a really solid, all-around effort,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I thought we played good team basketball on both ends of the floor and I was excited that different players got to play a lot of minutes and we saw a lot of different combinations. It was good to see the improvement in our post players and combined, they nearly scored half of our points tonight in the paint. Hannah, with her rebounds, has obviously shown her improvement.”
The Seminoles departed Venice Wednesday afternoon and headed to Udine where they would spend the afternoon relaxing, shopping and sightseeing. With back-to-back games, there were no tours planned for Wednesday to give the players a chance to rest before the evening’s game which started at 9 p.m. Upon arrival to the gymnasium which had poor lighting and ventilation, the Seminoles warmed up with the two men’s basketballs provided. The challenging circumstances didn’t dampen the team’s enthusiasm however. FSU led 25-8 after the first 10-minute quarter.
Anthony, who went a perfect 10-for-10 from the field, led all players with 21 points while Linquist added a double-double with 10 points and 18 rebounds. All nine Seminoles scored for the second straight night and the Tribe shot much better from the field at 54 percent. Joining Anthony and Linquist in the double-digit scoring department were Ganiyat Adeduntan with 17 points, Tiffiny Buckelew and Alicia Gladden with 13 points each and Lautsch with 12 points.
“Tonight we played a really good game,” Linquist said. “We played well as a team and it was really fun. It wasn’t as fast-paced or physical as last night’s game but we were able to look at different combinations as far as two big posts at one time instead of four guards and a post. I didn’t realize I had quite that many rebounds but I felt like I boxed out better and had a lot of offensive rebounds.”
FSU’s defense held the Udine team to just 16 percent shooting from the field. LaQuinta Neely once again led the way with nine assists and was a consistent floor leader but Shante Williams had a sparkling second half effort and finished the game with six points, eight assists and four steals in 20 minutes of play.
The Seminoles will head to Lake Como Thursday afternoon and will play their fourth and final game Friday night.
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LaQuinta Neely 3 pts, 7 rbs, 9 ast Tiffiny Buckelew 13 pts Holly Johnson 2 pts, 3 rbs, 5 ast Christie Lautsch 12 pts, 5 rbs Shante Williams 6 pts, 5 rbs, 8 ast, 4 stl Alicia Gladden 13 pts, 2 rbs Ganiyat Adeduntan 17 pts, 9 rbs Hannah Linquist 10 pts, 18 rbs Nikki Anthony 21 pts, 8 rbs