Jan. 2, 2003
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Seminole sophomore LaQuinta Neely hit a 10-foot jumper in the lane with 1.7 seconds left in the game to give the Florida State women's basketball team a 63-61 win over Wake Forest in the ACC opener. With the victory, FSU improved to 8-3 and 1-0 in the ACC while Wake Forest fell to 9-2 overall and 0-1 in the league. Seminole freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan led all scorers with 17 points while senior Katelyn Vujas had a game-high nine rebounds.
"I feel like it's a great start," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "We were a real tight unit again and we had different people stepping up. I think that is one of our greatest assets right now - you don't know which player is going to step up and take over. Obviously, Quint (Neely) hit some big shots but I thought Ganiyat (Adeduntan) was really big for us and Hannah (Linquist) and Linnea (Liljestrand) coming off of the bench gave us a real spark. It's just a good road win."
The first seven minutes of the game saw four ties and four lead changes, but then the Seminoles went on a run. With the score knotted at 8-8, Florida State ran off seven of the game's next nine points to go up seven. The Tribe went up by as many as eight points at 21-13 when Wake Forest's Tonia Brown, who is nursing an injured thumb, got hot and scored six straight points to put the Demons within a bucket at 21-19. Florida State scored seven points in the final five minutes of the half while the Seminole defense held Wake Forest to just two points until the final two seconds when Cotelia Bond-Young hit a three-pointer and FSU led 28-24 at halftime. Tasheika Morris and Ganiyat Adeduntan had nine points apiece for the Seminoles, who shot 50 percent from the field. FSU had a 23-21 rebounding edge and held Wake Forest to 25 percent shooting.
Florida State again went up by seven twice in the first four minutes of the second half, but Wake Forest rallied. Down 35-28, the Deacons went on a 10-0 run to take a three-point lead - their first lead since the 14:19 mark of the first half. FSU got a huge boost from freshman post Hannah Linquist, a North Carolina native, who entered the game when the Seminoles were trailing 40-37. Linquist hit a jumper almost immediately which started a 9-0 FSU run. She was also a force defensively with a block and two key rebounds in five minutes of play. Wake Forest's last lead of the game was with 4:15 left. FSU's Holly Johnson then hit two free throws to force the fifth tie of the half, and the Seminoles would not trail again. Wake Forest's Erin Ferrell, who led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds, hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to force the eighth tie of the second half and after a time out, Neely hit the game winner.
Morris was the only other Seminole to record double-digit points and she finished the game with 11. Sophomore Linnea Liljestrand also provided a spark for the Seminoles, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds in eight minutes of play. FSU shot 48 percent for the game and had a 49-44 rebounding advantage. Erin Ferrell led the Deacons, who shot just 28 percent for the game, with 15 points and seven rebounds off of the bench.
The Seminoles will host UCF on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The game will be televised on Sunshine Network.