Dec. 14, 2003
In a game that saw nine ties and 13 lead changes, the Florida State women's basketball, behind 14 strong points from senior Lauren Bradley and Tasheika Allen, scored 10 of the game's last 12 points to top South Florida, 65-58, Sunday afternoon at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.
"We looked like a team that had a seven day layoff today and they looked like they had had as long as a layoff," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "Neither team really did a good job of valuing the basketball but what I saw out of both teams was a tremendous fight. I thought both Lauren (Bradley) and Tasheika (Allen) just stepped up so big. I liked our defensive intensity and I liked the way we hit the offensive boards but I thought we were a little bit rusty handling the basketball."
South Florida scored first in the game, but it wasn't until the 18:19 mark as both teams had trouble getting started. After falling behind 4-1 early, the Seminoles scored six straight and then 13 of the game's next 16 points to take a 14-7 lead with 11:03 on the clock. Freshman wing Alicia Gladden entered the game and sparked the run as five different Seminoles scored during the stretch. However, the Bulls responded and responded in a big way, going on a run of their own. Down seven at 16-9 with just under 10 to play, USF scored the next nine straight points to regain the lead at 18-16. In the final 6:21 of the half, there were five ties and four lead changes. Bradley, who led all scorers with 10 points, hit two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to give the Tribe a 28-26 halftime lead. The Seminoles shot just 36 percent for the half but had a 20-19 rebounding edge. Both teams committed 15 turnovers.
The Seminoles scored the first six games in the first minute of the second half to take their largest lead of eight points but the Bulls did not give up. USF forced a 39-39 tie at 13:43 and behind the strong play of Nalini Miller, who finished the game with 17 points and 13 rebounds, went on to regain at 43-42 with just under 11 minutes in the game. The Bulls went up by as many as five at 49-44 with two foul shots on a technical foul by FSU's Shante Williams. Florida State then went on a 6-0 run thanks to Allen who scored four of her 11 second half points. Over the next four minutes, the game saw a tie and three lead changes. Trailing 56-55 with 4:19 left to play, the Seminoles went on a 10-2 run to close out the game. Bradley hit a lay up to get things started and the Tribe led the rest of the way. Five different Seminoles scored during the final run. FSU shot a much-improved 55 percent in the second half and finished with a 37-34 rebounding advantage. Genesis Choice finished with 10 points and seven rebounds while Trinetta Moore led the Seminoles with 10 boards.
Florida State will face nationally-ranked TCU on Saturday, December 20th in Malibu, California in the Malibu Beach Classic, hosted by Pepperdine University.