Feb. 15, 2012
The Florida State Women’s Basketball team was in search of another win over the University of North Carolina, Wednesday night in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State defeated Carolina earlier in the season (67-64), but FSU was powerless in the team’s second ACC match-up against the Tar Heels, falling 71-65.
The Seminole came into the match-up 13-12 and 5-7 in the ACC following a 67-57 loss to on Sunday. Carolina. The Tar Heels, who were 17-8 and 7-5 in the ACC, also came into Wednesday ACC contest in search of a win after losing to Georgia Tech Sunday 56-54.
UNC started the game off strong taking a seven point led minutes into the game. The Tar Heels lead by as much as 14 points in the first half, and controlled the lead for much of the game. Senior guard She’la White helped UNC to their lead, by completing four earlier three-point shots. She finished the night in double figures with a total of 22 points.
FSU only lead (12-11) came at the 12:39 mark in the first half, after going on an 11-3 run. The Seminoles were 9-19 in field goals in the first half, and only made one three-point shot. UNC was 18-37 in field goals, and led at the end of the first half, 42-29.
Senior forward Cierra Bravard led FSU in points with a total of 19 points. She was also 11-14 in free throws.
The Seminoles was able to come within two points, after junior guard Leonor Rodriguez made a 3-pointer (66-68). She helped the Noles’ to a win in the first match-up, scoring a 25-foot three-point shot with 1.1 seconds left to give FSU the 64-67 victory.
But, this game would come down to free throws. UNC completed on three of four free throws with seconds remaining in the game, allowing them to take a five point lead. UNC go on to win, 71-66.
“What’s frustrating is that we haven’t figured out it’s a 40-minute game and I think the team feels that way, too,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said after the game. “I think we have allowed a lot of distractions, whether it be a distraction of a trap, whether it be a distraction of a changing defense, whatever it might be. We have allowed that to let the other team capitalize. That’s the result you’re going to get, and it’s a good and a hard lesson to learn.”
The Tar Heels will return home for the first of two late-season rivalry games Sunday, as UNC hosts NC State in the annual Play 4Kay game at 1:30 p.m.
Florida will be on the road against the No. 6 University of Miami, Sunday afternoon.