Hurricanes Come Up Short in 68-61 loss at FSU
Feb. 17, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior forward Tamara James’ 20 points was not enough as Miami gave up 27 points on 25 turnovers to fall to Florida State 68-61 Friday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
As a team, the Hurricanes (15-10, 5-7 ACC) outshot the Seminoles (16-8, 7-4 ACC) 40.7-to-36.4 percent from the floor, but could not overcome a 13-to-6 second-half turnover difference to drop their second game of the season to FSU.
Led by James’ 14 points and four steals, the Hurricanes held a 32-30 lead at the half.
Coming out of the half, Florida State put together a 13-2 early second-half run to take a 52-40 lead. The Seminoles maintained at least a 10-point lead for a large portion of the second half, holding the Hurricanes without a field goal from the 11:47 mark to the 5:57 mark.
Miami battled back to cut the lead to six at 58-52 until FSU’s Mara Freshour’s three-pointer put the Seminoles back up 61-52 with just over two minutes remaining.
Renee Taylor, who finished with 14 points, hit a floater in the lane to bring UM back within 61-56 with 57 seconds, but the Hurricanes could close the gap any tighter, eventually falling 68-61.
Led by Holly Johnson’s 20-point effort, three Florida State starters recorded double figure points, including Alicia Gladden, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
James finished with five steals and, along with Albrey Grimsley, recorded a team-high seven rebounds.
The Hurricanes return to action Sunday, hosting No. 1 Duke at the