NCAA Women's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, March 22
March 22, 2008
DES MOINES, IOWA - One of the knocks on the Florida State women's basketball team coming into the NCAA Tournament was that it didn't have a victory over an NCAA Tournament team. Well now the Seminoles do. Eleventh-seeded Florida State ran out to an early lead and never looked back as FSU beat the No. 6 seed and 25th-ranked Ohio State 60-49 on Saturday (March 22).
The Seminoles - the lowest seed on the field to win so far - stayed undefeated in the first round of the tournament under head coach Sue Semrau, winning their fifth in a row during her 11-year tenure, and improved to 19-13 on the year. Ohio State finished its season at 22-9 The Seminoles will take on the No. 3 seed in the New Orleans Regional, Oklahoma State, on Monday (March 24) at 6 p.m. (CST). The game can be seen on ESPN2.
"I am really proud of our team," Semrau said. "I think we really played a strong defensive game. Tanae (Davis-Cain) made plays on both ends of the floor all the time. To only give up eight offensive rebounds is a huge step for us. Our players did a really great job taking advantage of our strengths."
Just missing her career-high with 27 points - with nearly half of FSU's total - was guard Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) to lead all players. Her 27 points is one off the FSU NCAA Tournament scoring record, trailing All-American Roneeka Hodges' 28 points at Connecticut in 2005. Davis-Cain tied a career-high by hitting six three-pointers.
Recording her second career double-double was junior Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Freshour was one of four players to grab six or more rebounds as the Seminoles' out-rebounded Ohio State 49-35, including 19 offensive rebounds. Forward Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had nine boards while Davis-Cain added seven and Angel Gray (Stone Mountain, Ga.) had a career-high six.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Alison Lacey came through when Iowa State needed her the most.
Lacey hit a running shot in the lane with 47.4 seconds left and added two free throws to lift Iowa State past Georgia Tech 58-55 Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in the Greensboro Regional.
Bolte's long-range shooting, then hung on at the end to advance to a second-round game Monday night against Rutgers.
Jill Ingram hit two three-pointers in an 11-2 run that drew 10th-seeded Georgia Tech (22-10) to 52-50, and the Yellow Jackets trailed 54-53 when Jacqua Williams scored on a follow shot with 2:43 to play.
Tech then misfired on two chances to take the lead, Williams getting her shot blocked by Jocelyn Anderson and Alex Montgomery missing an open three-point attempt.
That's when Lacey delivered, spinning in the lane for a bucket with one second on the shot clock to put ISU up 56-53. After Ingram scored on an easy drive down the lane to make it a one-point game again, Williams fouled Lacey going for a steal with 12 seconds left and the sophomore from Canberra, Australia, made both free throws. She finished with nine points.
Ingram led Georgia Tech with a career-high 21 points, 17 in the second half. Williams had 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals.