TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first 35 minutes of its Atlantic Coast Conference game with NC State, the Florida State women’s basketball team couldn’t establish anything more than a three-point lead. Then in the last five minutes the Seminoles jumped out to a nine-point advantage it would hold on to the rest of the way for the 57-54 victory over the Wolfpack on Thursday (February 7) at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State snapped its two game winning streak as it improved to 15-8 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. The win also stopped a three-game slide against NC State, who dropped to 14-9, 2-6 in the league.
“This was a huge win for our team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It was a huge team effort and a great win for us. We were as tight as tight could be in the first half, everybody knew how big this game was for us. For us to step up to the line with confidence, especially with the way we shot in the first half, was huge.
Leading all scorers with 17 points was guard Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) who got 15 of her points in the second half. Next up was guard Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) with 10 points while Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) added nine. Williams also had four steals while Freshour was one of two players with two assists.
Every player on the team had at least one rebound, led by rookie Christian Hunnicutt (Jonesboro, Ga.) with a career-high seven. Freshour and forward Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) grabbed six each. Monroe was strong on the defensive end of the floor, blocking six shots.
“The effort our team had on (Khadijah) Whittington with very little prep time to put some new things in, I thought they did a fantastic job,” Semrau added. ‘I have to complement Cayla Moore and Jacinta Monroe for taking away her strength. She loves to go over that right shoulder. To always be there and not have any lack of focus was really big.”
Both teams played good defense as FSU held a slight 35 percent (21-of-60) to 31.1 percent (19-of-61) shooting from the floor. Second-half free throw shooting was a determining factor as FSU was 10-for-10 at the stripe as part of its 13-of-19 (68.4 percent). Florida State forced 21 NC State turnovers, which it converted to 20 points. FSU also had a 32-to-18 advantage in points in the paint. NCSU out-rebounded the Seminoles 47-40.
Florida State is back on the floor Sunday (Feb. 10) when it travels to Virginia for a 2 p.m. tip. The game can be heard on 1270 AM and Seminoles.com as well as see on ACC Select.
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