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Lancers' cold spell helps Gators

Seminole Presbyterian hits 4 of 21 shots in the final quarter as Land O'Lakes earns a 62-55 win.

By WAYNE GRUMET
© St. Petersburg Times,
published December 7, 2001


LAND O'LAKES -- Land O'Lakes and Seminole Presbyterian took turns trying to knock each other out Thursday night. However, the host Gators had the final flurry with a 14-6 run during the game's final 4 minutes to win 62-55.

Playing with four fouls, Land O'Lakes' Roshaunda Washington scored six of her team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter to key the victory. She also added four rebounds and seven steals.

"(Foul trouble) happens to her a lot. She's a quick girl. She's very fast and sometimes that speed just gets her in trouble," Land O'Lakes coach Greg Robinson said.

"It's happened to her a few times, but she's working on it. She'll conquer it."

Land O'Lakes (6-2) seemed to have the game in hand after rattling off 14 consecutive second-quarter points, turning a 15-15 tie into a 29-15 lead.

Seminole Presbyterian (6-2) struggled from the field but managed to get hot at the right time.

The Lancers scored seven consecutive points in the final 45 seconds of the half to shave Land O'Lakes' lead to 29-22.

The Lancers continued to surge in the third quarter, opening with another nine consecutive points.

But the team soon went cold again and had trouble getting its shots to fall in the fourth quarter.

The Lancers shot 25 percent overall and managed to hit just 4 of 21 from the field in the final quarter.

"We had a few mental mistakes here and there. We made some bad passes," Seminole Presbyterian coach Karim Nohran said.

"We had it inside and they just bounced around like they didn't want to go in. It was like there was a lid on that basket."

Stephanie Grace scored a game-high 22 points on 8-for-21 shooting for the Lancers. She thrived from long distance, hitting four 3-pointers.

Seminole Presbyterian's Meghann McNiff had the most trouble, going 2-for-20 for 13 points.

Center Betsy Brown recovered from a 1-for-8 start to finish with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 blocks.

Land O'Lakes center Alison Foster finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Melissa White added 13 points and 8 rebounds.

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