Dec. 15, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Seminoles did something Wednesday night that no other Florida State women's basketball team has ever done. With its 65-40 win over Florida Atlantic (1-7) at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the Tribe moved its record to a perfect 7-0 - the best start in program history.
"That was a scrappy FAU team," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "I really was impressed with their fight. I didn't expect us to come out and get rushed like I thought we did. We turned the ball over more than we have all year. Again, I don't have any answers for that right now. It's something we'll figure out, but I am proud of our effort."
It wasn't a typical performance of this year's Seminoles. A slow offensive start made for the low scoring game and a combined 56 turnovers made for a sloppy performance by both teams. A bright spot for Florida State was the play of junior Ganiyat Adeduntan who had 14 points and 11 rebounds to record her second career double-double. Senior Roneeka Hodges added a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. FSU shot well, as a team, at 48 percent and outrebounded FAU 41-27.
"I'm proud of the way that Ganiyat came back after a tough night at New Orleans with a double-double," Semrau said. "Quint (Neely) and Holly (Johnson) did a tremendous job of running the show. There were lapses all the way around. Overall, we need to get better and we want to continue to improve. We'll go back and look at the film and continue to get ready."
The Seminoles turned a seven-point halftime lead (29-22) into a commanding 21-point lead with a 19-5 run to open the second half. FSU got point production from five different players during that stretch. With 11:51 left in the game, FAU hit a bucket to pull within 19 but the Tribe ran off five unanswered for its largest lead at 24 and led by 21 or more points the rest of the game. Alicia Gladden, who was scoreless in the first half, responded with a nine-point second half performance. All 10 Seminoles played and eight of them scored.
FSU led by as many as 11 points in the first half but the Lady Owls wouldn't back down and pulled to within two with just under four minutes remaining in the half. The Seminoles closed out the half on an 8-3 run. There was offensive balance for FSU in the first half with Adeduntan leading the way with nine points, followed by Hodges' eight and LaQuinta Neely added seven of her nine points in the first 20 minutes.
"I think it's good to be 7-0," Hodges said, "but that wasn't our goal. Our goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament and be at a point where we can compete with and beat ACC teams. I don't think the way we played tonight was a good example of Florida State basketball. We just need to get back to practice, work on it and pick it up a notch."
The Seminoles will host UT-Arlington (4-3) Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be played at the Tucker Center and will be televised by Sunshine Network.