Florida State Downs East Carolina, 62-44, Wins Lady Pirate Invitational
Dec. 3, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Alicia Gladden's game-high 14 points led Florida State to a 62-44 win over the East Carolina women's basketball team Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the fifth annual Lady Pirate Invitational. The Seminoles improve to 8-1 on the year while the Lady Pirates fall to 3-5. Fairfield defeated North Dakota State 76-56 in the consolation game.
Florida State started the contest with a 10-3 run before a Cherie Mills layup cut the Seminole lead to five, 10-5 with 14:44 on the clock. FSU extended its lead to nine on baskets by Britany Miller and Jacinta Moore but the Lady Pirates fought back, going on a 5-0 run over the next two minutes, cutting the Seminole lead to six, 19-13 with 7:26 to play in the half. Millers putback with 6:41 on the clock ended the Lady Pirate run. Jessica Slack connected on her first trey of the game at the 4:58 mark, putting ECU within six, 22-16. Tanae Davis-Cain's layup with under four minutes to play in the opening half gave the Seminoles their largest lead of the game, 27-16. LaCoya Terry's three pointer with 1:28 to play cut the lead to 11, 29-18, but back to back baskets by the Seminoles gave FSU the 33-18 halftime lead.
Davis-Cain and Shante Williams led all scorers with seven at the break. Terry led ECU with five points and two assists. FSU out rebounded the Lady Pirates 18-16 in the opening half, and forced 15 ECU turnovers.
Florida State came out of the locker room on fire, going on a 10-2 run to open the second half, giving the Seminoles the 45-20 advantage with 16:48 to play in the game. The Lady Pirates responded, going on their own 12-2 run, cutting the Seminole lead to 15, at 47-32. Gladden's five-foot jumper at the 11:21 mark ended the ECU run, extending the FSU lead to 17, 49-32. Gabriela Husarova's jumper with 7:40 remaining in the game cut the lead to 19, 53-34, but a three-point play by Monroe on the next play put the Seminoles back up by 12. Florida State put together another 5-0 spurt over the next minute and a half before a Husarova three-pointer ended the run, making the score 58-37 with 6:19 to play. The Lady Pirates made a late rally, going on a 6-0 run, to pull to within 16, 60-44, in the closing minutes of the game, but could not get any closer as the Seminoles rolled to the 62-44 victory.
Gladden led all scorers with 14 points and five steals while tournament MVP Britany Miller and Jacinta Monroe each added 13. Terry and Slack led the Lady Pirates with 11 points a piece, while Husarova finished with nine.
The Lady Pirates continue their four game home stand as they host former CAA foe UNC Wilmington this Wed., Dec. 6 at Minges Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.