|5 FSU Seniors play their last home game - Clayton - Davis - DeLuzio - Coles - Rodriguez|
Five very talented FSU seniors were playing their last home game last night in Tallahassee. Free admission was offered leap-frogging an already cheap (Regular $4 - Seniors $2) ticket hoping to produce a big crowd for the senior finale.
A nice crowd was on hand to honor the 5 senior girls with flowers - jerseys - and applause. FSU has not beaten a top 10 nationally ranked team in 5 years. History was not on the home team's side against Number 9 Maryland. When the Terps finally got on the court - their size was indeed menacing - add their all black UnderArmor uniforms.
It started badly - Maryland running off the first 8 points. We did not seem to have anything to put a dent in their fearsome defense. Then a little magic happened and as the half time horn sounded the Noles led 29 to 25.
|Coach Sue Semrau|
|Senior Lenore Rodriguez from the Canary Islands - Spain|
The score tied 71-71 with 7 seconds to go. With 4 Maryland players having 4 fouls or more - FSU's super star Alexa DeLuzio was fouled and would be shooting 2 shots. We all thought the game was in the bag. Basketball Barbie missed the first of 2 shots. That meant Maryland would get the ball and could tie or win the game with a last second shot. Deluzio then missed the second foul shot. Bedlam - it seemed like she gave the game away. But one of the Maryland players stepped into the painted area. DeLuzio would get a do-over on the last shot. This time swish - Noles were ahead 72-71.
|FSU Girls fans are a very old crowd. Here you see every old Nole guys' favorite - Alexa DeLuzio - Basketball Barbie|
4 Nole girls scored in double figures. They have one away game left before the playoffs.
With a 21 - 7 record - the Seminoles will easily make the NCAA playoffs. I hope they go far for the seniors and the fans. What a sparkling way to end a season and a career.