By AMANDA NEPPL / Staff Writer
Florida State men’s and women’s basketball teams have had an interesting season. And for the women’s team, the fight is not over. The men’s team jumped into the 3rd seed spot, only to find themselves up against Florida Gulf Coast University. After out-dunking – yes, that happened – the FGCU Eagles, the Seminoles were out-dunked – and out-done – by the Xavier Musketeers. Meanwhile, the lady ‘Noles took out Western Illinois last Sunday here at home. They advanced to the 2nd Round where they played the Missouri Tigers, who fell in a 77-55 ‘Nole victory.
And it still wasn’t over! (Correction: it isn’t over.) The Oregon State Beavers were no match for the ‘Noles. Forward Ivey Slaughter jumped at every opportunity during that game. “Florida State had 16 steals total, and Slaughter also contributed 11 points and eight rebounds,” writes ESPN. Slaughter, a senior from Macon, Georgia is remarked about being “the best defender.” Guard Leticia Romero comments “She definitely is.” Romero, who is also a senior and from Las Palmas, Spain was “Florida State’s top scorer in the game with 18 points.” Not only were the ‘Noles breaking boundaries during the game, but the spotlight fell on Shakayla Thomas. The junior forward from Sylacauga, Alabama is ACC Player of the Year. ESPN writes that Thomas “notched her third straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.”
The first half of the game was less energetic than the second. “I was stunned that we were missing the shots that we were missing,” comments coach Sue Semrau. After halftime, the Seminoles kicked it into gear. They scored 36 points in the second half and came out on top with a 66-53 win over the Beavers.
The lady ‘Noles, now in the Elite Eight, will stay in Stockton, California to prepare for their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. “The teams have scrimmaged each other in the preseason in recent years,” writes EPSN. The game is tomorrow at 9pm.