Feb. 19, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It seems when it comes to Florida State vs. Virginia Tech this season, 40 minutes just isn’t enough. Twice this season the two clubs have met and twice the Seminoles and Hokies have seen multiple overtimes. No. 25 Florida State (22-6, 8-5 ACC) was victorious again Saturday night with a 94-83 triple overtime win over Virginia Tech (15-10, 4-8) at the Tucker Center. FSU topped the Hokies 81-78 in double OT on January 24th.
Led by Roneeka Hodges’ 23 points, five Seminoles tallied double figures for just the second time in a game this season. Ganiyat Adeduntan continued her balanced effort with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season.
“It’s a shame somebody had to lose this basketball game,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “but I’m glad it wasn’t us. What you saw once again is the all-out fight of these players. You’ve got Holly (Johnson) putting 52 minutes, Roneeka playing 50 minutes, Ganiyat playing 45 and that’s after coming off the road Thursday night. There was just no quit in them. I thought they did a great job of hitting free throws. Eighty percent from the line – that was really huge for us. If we had not hit those free throws, I don’t think that we would have been in this position.”
The Seminoles had to play catch up for 50 minutes before putting it together in the final overtime and outscoring Virginia Tech 17-6. Hodges hit a jumper at the 4:34 mark of the third OT and the Seminoles never trailed again. Nine of FSU’s final 17 points were from the free throw line. Holly Johnson scored seven of her career-high 16 points in the final three minutes of the game and added six assists, four steals and just three turnovers in a game-high 52 minutes of play.
“Once again, I’m proud of the way these kids believe and they way that they finish,” Semrau said. “We didn’t have a good first half and I thought we rebounded very well from struggling on the boards in the first half.”
The Hokies, who were led by Dawn Chriss’ game-high 33 points and 16 rebounds, trailed 7-2 early but went on a 10-0 run and controlled the entire first half, including a lead as large as 12 points and went into the locker room ahead 40-31. The Seminoles didn’t regain the lead until 4:18 left in regulation when Adeduntan hit a jumper to put the Tribe up 59-58. Tech’s Carrie Mason, who had 13 points, put the Hokies back up a point with 57 seconds left but an Adeduntan free throw at :42 tied the contest 60-60. Virginia Tech missed three shots in the final 10 seconds of regulation.
“Wow, Dawn Chriss was incredible,” Semrau said. “Fourteen for 18, we felt like we had the whole team on her half the time and she just continued to score the ball very, very well. They have a lot of fight too and I just really want to compliment them coming down ton somebody elses home court and putting up that kind of fight.”
In the first OT, the Seminoles were down five with 1:45 remaining and senior Linnea Liljestrand answered with a huge three-pointer with 53 seconds left. Adeduntan rebounded a missed Chriss jumper and was fouled. She hit both free throws with 26 seconds left and the Hokies again missed a shot at the buzzer. The second OT saw five ties and neither team led by more than a bucket.
Florida State has played four overtime games this season and is now 4-0 in those ball games.
“I want to say it’s the experience,” Hodges said. “You know we’ve been there before so we tend to not panic maybe as much as the other team and we continue to fight. Although we’re tired and the other team’s tired, we continue to push and push and push. It seems like we always come out victorious `cause we keep fighting.”
FSU’s final regular-season game will be at Georgia Tech on Sunday, February 27th at 2 p.m.