Jan. 22, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team fell to Georgia Tech, 79-55, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Three Seminoles reached double figures in scoring, led by sophomore Natasha Howard's 13 points, but FSU committed 24 turnovers and allowed the Yellow Jackets to shoot 54.7 percent from the floor.
"Georgia Tech pressured us from the start and we didn't handle that pressure well," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "You give up 32 points off of turnovers and you will lose basketball games that way. I was really disappointed in that part of our game.
"We had a game plan where we were going to play off of a couple of their players and they stepped up and hit some big shots early."
The Yellow Jackets (14-6 overall and 4-3 in the ACC) were led by sophomore guard Tyaunna Marshall, who scored 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting, and senior center Sasha Goodlett, who tallied 15 points and seven boards.
Georgia Tech shot 60.6 percent in the first half and held a 15-point lead at the break.
FSU sophomore guard Olivia Bresnahan's three-point play with 3:20 left in the first half cut Georgia Tech's lead to 33-26, but Mo Bennett answered with a three-pointer that propelled the Yellow Jackets on a 12-2 run to close the first stanza.
With 32 seconds remaining before the break, Goodlett spun on the block and was fouled while making a layup. Her free throw put the Yellow Jackets up, 43-28. She also made a jumper right before the halftime buzzer.
Georgia Tech stretched its lead to 21 points, 49-28, just over a minute into the second half when Marshall made a layup.
FSU senior post Cierra Bravard answered by making a twisting layup while getting fouled and hitting her free throw, but the Yellow Jackets followed with an 11-4 run that increased Georgia Tech's advantage to 62-35 on a free throw by Goodlett with 14:12 left in the game.
Led by Howard and Bravard (11 points on 4-of-4 shooting), Florida State held a 36-30 edge on points in the paint. Junior guard Alexa Deluzio added 12 points for the Seminoles (11-10, 3-4).
Georgia Tech scored 32 points off FSU's turnovers and recorded 15 steals and 21 assists.
In conjunction with Samaritan's Feet, Semrau and her staff coached the contest barefoot in an effort to call attention to the 300 million children in the world who are at risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes.
Those who want to help provide shoes to children in need can text 85844 with the keyword "SHOES" to give a one-time $10 gift that will be donated to Samaritan's Feet through their cell phone bill or go online to samaritansfeet.org.
The Seminoles will try to bounce back with a weekend road trip to North Carolina State and Virginia. FSU will play the Wolfpack at 6:30 p.m. on Friday before heading to Charlottesville, Va., to take on the Cavaliers next Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Both games will air live on television. Friday's game will be televised on the Regional Sports Network featuring several cable networks throughout the ACC's footprint. Sunday's matchup will be shown on ESPNU.
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