Dec. 2, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a perfect 17-for-17 shooting performance from the field in the second half, the Florida State women’s basketball team improved to 5-1 with a decisive 89-65 win over Austin Peay State (2-3) on Sunday afternoon at the Leon County Civic Center. Sophomore sensation Tasheika Morris led all players with a game-high 25 points in 23 minutes of play as the Seminoles shot an impressive 64 percent for the game.
“I’m just proud of the way the team came out in the second half,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “We were tired. After a very emotional game on Thursday (Florida game) night and a very difficult practice on Friday, we just challenged them. We said we know you’re tired physically, so what are you going to do about it mentally and emotionally? I think that you saw them respond by holding Austin Peay to 36 percent shooting in the second half and our perfect 100 percent shooting. I’ve never been associated with a team that’s done that and I thought we had great shot selection. I was proud of the overall effort and I liked the (scoring) balance.”
Florida State had a 41-33 lead at halftime, but the Seminoles had to come from behind. A sluggish start saw the Tribe fall behind early and the Seminoles trailed most of the first half. Down seven at 26-19 at the 6:07 mark, FSU went on an 11-2 run to take its first lead since the opening minute of the game. Florida State had a 30-28 advantage at the 3:03 mark and then scored 11 of the final 16 points of the half for the eight-point advantage. It was Morris again who provided the offensive punch for FSU. She had 14 points in the first half. FSU controlled the boards with a 23-12 advantage, but Austin Peay had a slight edge in shooting, 44 to 43 percent.
The second half belonged to Florida State. The Seminoles went a perfect 17-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-3 from the three-point line, and shot 11-for-14 from the free throw line (.794) on the way to their 24-point victory. FSU’s biggest lead was 32 points. Morris, Shinikki Whiting and April Traylor each tallied 11 points in the half while Katelyn Vujas snagged four rebounds to lead the way in the final 20 minutes. Whiting (14), Traylor (13) and Vujas (10) all joined Morris in scoring double figures in the ball game.
As a team, Florida State was once again dominant on the boards, outrebounding the Lady Govs 36-20. FSU also got quality minutes from players off of the bench and quality points with 35. Only Lauren Bradley did not see action as she was held out to rest. For Vujas, who missed FSU’s first four games with a left foot stress fracture, it was a breakout game. She was able to play 24 minutes and was also one of the team leaders with six rebounds to go with her 10 points. Freshman post Genesis Choice scored eight points in nine minutes of play. The Seminole defense, which recorded 10 steals for the game, held Austin Peay to 36.6 percent shooting in the second half.
Austin Peay was led by Brooke Armistead’s 17 points. Gerlonda Hardin added 11 points and a team-high four rebounds.
Florida State will open ACC play on Wednesday, December 5, with a 7 p.m. contest at Georgia Tech. The game will be aired on WFLA News Radio AM 1270.