Dec 27, 2003
ATLANTA, Ga. – Despite being within a bucket with 59 seconds to play, the Florida State women’s basketball team, in a hard-fought contest, fell to No. 17 LSU, 75-68, in the Russell Athletic Shootout – ACC/SEC Challenge, Saturday afternoon at Philips Arena. Junior Genesis Choice led the Seminoles with 15 points. FSU fell to 6-4 while the Tigers won their ninth straight game and improved to 10-2 overall.
“I’m disappointed in the way we closed things out,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “Their veteran perimeter players came up big for them. But I was pleased with our effort today. We never gave up and just continued to fight and we played the best defense I’ve seen this team play in a long time.”
The Seminoles came out ready to play and led the first 14:56 of the game. Tasheika Allen got the Tribe started with two straight three-pointers as the Seminoles built a 10-4 at the 15:21 mark. FSU built two more leads of six points at 12-6 and 18-12. The Seminoles led 22-19 with 5:56 left in the first half when the Tigers went on a 10-0 run. The Seminoles were held scoreless for two minutes as open shots just wouldn’t fall and found themselves down by seven at 29-22. Senior Trinetta Moore responded for the Tribe with two strong buckets inside and freshman Ronalda Pierce hit two free throws to get right back into it at 29-28. The Tigers scored six of the final eight points for a 35-30 halftime lead. FSU had balanced scoring with eight different players tallying points with Allen leading the way with eight points. As a team, FSU shot 38 percent from the field. LSU shot 46 percent and was led by Doneeka Hodges’ 11 points. The Tigers had a 21-19 rebounding edge.
The Tigers outscored Florida State 11-3 in the opening minutes of the second half and took their largest lead of 13 points at the 15:54 mark. But the Seminoles did not give up as four different players combined for seven straight points to pull FSU within six at 46-40. LSU responded and went up 10 three more times over the next three in a half minutes of the game. Trailing 56-46, the Seminoles finally broke through. Ganiyat Adeduntan, who had 10 second half points to finish with 12 for the game, hit a jumper and then Choice went to work. She scored the next five straight points and FSU trailed just three at 56-53 with 8:17 left in the game. The Tigers’ Seimone Augustin, who finished with 14 points and Temeka Johnson who tied for the team-lead with 20 points, rallied to put LSU back up in convincing fashion with a nine-point lead at 64-55 with just over five to play. The next four minutes was all Florida State. Led by Adeduntan’s four straight points, the Tribe went on an 9-4 run to make the score 68-63. And then Choice made a three-point play that put the Seminoles within two with just under a minute to play. The Seminoles, however, could not get their shots to fall and had to foul down the stretch. LSU’s final five points came from the free throw line.
Allen had six second half points to finish with 14 for the game for FSU. Point guard Shante Williams had a game-high 11 rebounds to guide the Seminoles to a 42-40 final advantage on the boards. FSU shot 38 percent for the game but took care of the ball and had a season-low 11 turnovers. The squad also had 17 assists and 11 steals. Hodges finished with 20 points for the Tigers, who shot 48 percent for the game.
The Seminoles will return to action on Monday, December 29th with a 7 p.m. game vs. Troy State at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.