March 2, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Tasheika Morris scored 23 points in leading Florida State to a 68-59 win over Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball game at Tallahassee, FL Sunday afternoon.
With the win, Florida State improves to 16-11 overall, 8-8 in the ACC. Clemson falls to 13-14 overall, and 5-11 in the ACC.
Clemson was led in scoring by Chrissy Floyd with 28 points. Floyd finished the game 11-25 from the field and 2-6 from the three-point line. She was also 4-5 from the free throw line.
Florida State won the battle of the boards 40-34. Florida State was led in rebounding by Katelyn Vujas and Holly Johnson with eight boards each. Clemson was led in rebounding by Maggie Slosser with six rebounds.
In the first half, Florida State tied the score 19-19 as Angela Sutton hit one of two free throws. Julie Aderhold hit a three-point basket to give the Lady Tigers a 22-19 lead with 7:58 left. Florida State scored seven unanswered points to take a 26-22 lead with 5:30 remaining. Clemson scored seven straight points and took a 29-26 lead with 3:50 left as Aderhold hit another three-point basket. Florida State finished the half scoring six straight points and took a 32-29 lead at the half.
Florida State outscored the Lady Tigers 17-11 to open the second half, and had a 49-40 lead with 11:22 left in the game. Morris scored 10 points in this Seminole run. The Lady Tigers went on a 14-7 run to narrow the lead 56-54 with 4:40 left in the game. From this point, the Seminoles scored six unanswered points, four by Morris, and had a 62-54 lead with 2:35 remaining. Clemson came within five 64-59, with :46 seconds remaining as Lakeia Stokes scored a field goal and hit a free throw to complete the three point play. Florida State’s Holly Johnson hit two free throws to give the Seminoles a 66-59 lead with 40 seconds left to extend their lead. Florida State finished the game 23-52 from the field for a .442 pct. Clemson was 24-66 from the floor for a .364 mark.
“It was a very competitive basketball game,” said Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis. “Give Florida State the credit. Our inability to score was a key to the game, and I think Florida State’s defensive pressure had a lot to do with that today. Florida State had 15 second chance points and they scored 18 points from the free throw line. Florida State did a great job getting the ball inside and drawing the foul. We did not do a great job in that area today.”
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