No.24 FSU hit by a case of the Blue

By Times wire
Published February 1, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - LaTonya Blue let her defense speak as loud as her offense Monday.

Blue scored 24 to lead Virginia to a 77-62 upset of No.24 Florida State, but it was her defense that was the key. Blue held FSU's best offensive threat, Roneeka Hodges, to 11 points, well below her 23.1 average in ACC games.

"I thought (Blue) was the glove, defensively," Seminoles coach Sue Semrau said. "She did a great job on the defensive end as well as the offensive end."

Takisha Granberry had 15 points and Jocelyn Logan-Friend added 11 for the Cavaliers. Virginia outrebounded the Seminoles 47-30.

Hodges pulled FSU to 41-37, but the Cavaliers used a 17-2 run midway through the second half to hand FSU consecutive losses for the first time this season.

Ganiyat Adeduntan led the Seminoles (18-4, 5-3) with 18 points. The Seminoles shot 36.1 percent and lost for the 26th time in 30 games against Virginia.

"We've never been in this position before and we've gone from more of the hunting to the hunted," Semrau said. "In doing so, there has got to be a learning curve. We've lost sight of our identity, and who we are is a great defensive team."

MIAMI 83, CLEMSON 69: Tamara James, the ACC's leading scorer, matched her season average with 22 points for the visiting Hurricanes (10-10, 2-5).

TAMPA 57, SAINT LEO 56: Shawtavia Mathis scored 15 to lead the visiting Spartans in a Sunshine State Conference game. The Spartans are tied atop the SSC at 7-2, 16-4 overall. The Lions fell to 1-18, 0-9. ... UT's Jamie Skinner was named the conference's player of the week of the second time.

USF: Bright House Ch.47 is scheduled to rebroadcast Sunday's game at No.17 DePaul at 9 tonight.

Top 25

NO.5 TENN. 77, NO.18 GA. 70: Shyra Ely had 17 points and 12 rebounds and host Tennessee withstood a late upset bid to extend its home winning streak over SEC foes to 57 games. The Vols had difficulty containing Georgia freshman Tasha Humphrey, who finished with 25 points despite being in foul trouble. UT overcame the loss of starting post players Nicky Anosike and Tye'sha Fluker, both of whom fouled out with nearly six minutes left. Point guard Loree Moore was hit in the nose and taken off the court in a wheelchair with four minutes left. Team officials suspected her nose was broken.