FINAL: FLORIDA STATE 84, FLORIDA 54
GAINESVILLE, FL- On Friday, the Florida women’s basketball team faced a team that was just too good. Florida only committed six turnovers, but still lost by thirty points to #17 Florida State.
Florida State began the game with a flurry, taking an early 12-4 lead. Florida fought back and by the end of the first quarter had tied it up at 18. After a Funda Nakkasoglu layup brought Florida within two points at 28-26, the Seminoles rattled off at 10-0 run to end the half. Florida State extended their run with the first nine points of the third, essentially putting Florida out of contention.
Florida head coach Cameron Newbauer said in his post-game press conference “tonight we played a very, very good team. We tried things defensively that worked early on in the first half.” He continued by saying “We have not developed good habits, we aren’t sharing the ball, we aren’t setting up screens. Once again, we got manhandled (on the glass).”
According to FSU head coach Sue Semrau, “(Coach) Cam packed the paint, challenging us to shoot the three.” Unfortunately for the Gators, transfer guard, AJ Alix shot the three ball very well. Alix finished with 26 points, making six three-point shots.
Nakkasoglu led the Gators with 18 points on fifteen attempted shots. Paulina Hersler was the only other Gator to score in double-figures with 11. Sophomore guard Delicia Washington finished with a team high 8 rebounds, though shot the ball 0-11 from the field (she finished with two points from free throws). Senior forward Haley Lorenzen recorded a team high of four assists.
Florida State finished with four scorers with double-digit points. In addition to Alix, Nicki Ekhomu (14), Shakayla Thomas (12), and Imani Wright (11) led the Seminoles past the Gators.
Florida was outrebounded by Florida State 50-32 in the game, but Florida only allowed 11 offensive rebounds. “We only gave up eleven offensive rebounds,” Newbauer started, “but they didn’t miss many shots.”
Newbauer emphasized that his players are all learning completely different roles. All of the players are working hard, and they are building the locker room. He also emphasized that the team has shown signs of growth, even if the results aren’t showing it yet.
Florida will play this week in the Savannah Invitational in Georgia to face Richmond, Stetson, and Savannah State over a three day period.
Florida travels to Savannah, GA to compete in the Savannah Invitational on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Florida will face Richmond at 4:30 PM on Tuesday. The Spiders are 2-1 this season with wins over Fairfield and Columbia before losing to Wake Forest on Friday.
Florida vs Richmond
November 21, 2017
4:30 PM / Savannah, GA