Dec. 21, 2002
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona – Despite pulling to within six points after being down 19 in the second half and getting 21 strong points from junior Tasheika Morris, the Florida State women’s basketball team fell 79-69 at Northern Arizona on Saturday night at Rolle Activity Center. With the loss, FSU fell to 7-2 while NAU improved to 5-4 overall.
“I think you have to compliment NAU’s shooting,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They came out and hit some really big buckets to start the game and we got ourselves into a deeper hole than we could get out of. This is our fourth straight road game and with the altitude, we didn’t need to dig ourselves such a deep hole.”
Northern Arizona came out shooting and built a 8-2 lead with back-to-back three-pointers right off the bat. In fact, six of the Lumberjack’s first eight baskets were from three-point range and NAU had eight total for the half. Trailing 19-5, FSU ran off eight straight and went on to pull within three at 24-21 with just under 10 to play in the first half. The Seminoles again pulled to within three at 26-23 but the Lumberjacks went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead by 10 and led by at least eight the rest of the half and went into the locker room up 11 at 47-36. The Seminoles dominated the boards and had a 25-16 advantage but FSU couldn’t get a call inside and the posts were battered the entire half. Morris was able to breakout for 13 strong points to lead FSU. NAU’s Lindsey Foster led all scorers with 17 points, including 5-for-6 from three-point land.
NAU scored 12 of the first 16 points in the second half and went up 19 at 59-40 with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game. The Seminoles seemed a bit out of sync in the opening minutes but overcame the altitude and officiating to make a game of it. Down 18 at 62-44 with 12:06 on the clock, the Tribe went on a 17-5 run to pull within six points at 67-61 with 5:43 to go. The Seminoles pulled to within six, three more times in the final four minutes but had to foul down the stretch and the Lumberjacks were 11 of 13 from the charity stripe in the second half.
FSU shot 40 percent for the game but had a 45-37 advantage on the boards. Sophomores LaQuinta Neely and Genesis Choice also tallied double figures for FSU with 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Choice led all players with eight rebounds. NAU shot 42 percent for the game and was 9-for-17 from three-point range for 53 percent. Foster led the way with a game-high 27 points.
“I like that we have that fight in us,” Semrau said, “but I don’t know why we aren’t coming out with that. We may have to look at some changes because we feel like when we open conference play, we can’t get into that situation and be a team that fights when they get down. We need to fight all of the time.”
Florida State will resume practice on December 26th in preparation for its December 30th meeting with No. 2 UConn at 7 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.