Nov. 28, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Led by Seminole Classic Most Valuable Player Roneeka Hodges, who had a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, the Florida State women’s basketball team took a 82-56 win over Miami Ohio (3-1) Saturday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center to earn its straight fifth straight Seminole Classic title. The Seminoles, who improved to a perfect 4-0, opened the game with nine unanswered points and went on to hit a season-high 10 three-pointers in the convincing victory. FSU’s Linnea Liljestrand, who was named to the Seminole Classic All-Tournament team, and Holly Johnson, scored 16 and 12 points, respectively. Johnson also had a career-high eight assists and just one turnover in 36 minutes of play. FSU’s Alicia Gladden, who had eight points and eight rebounds, was also named to the all-tournament team.
“I’m just really, really proud of this team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I just think the thing what is so interesting about it is that Quint (Neely) rolled her ankle in pregame stretching and once again adversity hits this team and they responded in a big way. You know it’s ‘what else do you want to throw at us.’ Linnea (Liljestrand) came in at played some minutes at point guard for us at the end and those kind of things are going to happen and Ganiyat (Adeduntan) getting smacked yesterday and coming back out and playing the way she did. The charachter of this team just continues to impress me.”
It was another balanced scoring night for the Seminoles who had seven players score six or more points and three in double figures. FSU had a 45-25 lead at halftime and added two quick three pointers to the five they had in the first half to build a 32-point lead with just under 14 to play. The Seminoles led by at least 26 points the final 15:35 of the game. Hodges had nearly a double-double at the half with 14 points and nine rebounds. She played just 10 minutes in the second half on her way to her first double-double of the season. Eight different FSU players saw 10 or more minutes of play and eight players scored. Junior Hannah Linquist played a career-high 21 minutes and had six points and four rebounds while redshirt freshman Nikki Anthony contributed six points and three rebounds in nine minutes of play.
“I thought Hannah Linquist was tremendous tonight,” Semrau said. “She did the little things, screens, pins. Nikki (Anthony) came in and hit some big shots. I’ve got to credit our guards for hitting her. She posted up and the guards got her the ball in a good spot to score.”
After the Seminoles’ solid start, Miami challenged only once. The Tribe had its first double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game at 13-3. Five different players scored in FSU’s first 18 points. Up 12 on a Linquist jumper at 12:26 on the clock, the RedHawks went on a 7-2 run to pull within five and were within five again at 22-17 at the 8:11 mark when the Seminoles responded. Liljestrand hit back-to-back threes, starting an 18-4 Seminole run which resulted in a 19-point lead at 40-21 with 3:37 left in the half. The Tribe went into the break with a 20-point lead and a 23-16 rebounding advantage. Even more impressive was FSU’s 13 assists to two turnovers.
“Roneeka Hodges tonight … wow,” Semrau said. “That’s the kid I know she can be night in and night out. Holly Johnson, I just thought, was absolutely tremendous. Our defensive effort, I know that Miami’s a very good team, and to keep their players down was a lot of credit to these guys.”
Hodges and Johnson combined for FSU’s first nine points. Hodges opened the game with a quick layup and Johnson followed with a four-point play as she was fouled on her only three-pointer of the game. FSU was up 6-0 after the first 50 seconds of the game and set the tone early.
LaQuinta Neely was held out of the game with a slight ankle sprain suffered in pregame warmups while Ganiyat Adeduntan, who had an elbow to the eye in Friday’s game, started the game and added seven points, four rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes of play.
Miami was held to just 28 percent shooting and was outrebounded 48-34. Amanda Jackson, who was named to the all-tournament team, was the only player in double figures with 10 points.
The Seminoles will return to action on Thursday, December 2nd when cross-town foe Florida A&M visits the Tucker Center at 7 p.m.
SEMINOLE CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
MVP: Roneeka Hodges, FSU