By James Vallone
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A night after nearly upsetting Southeastern Conference opponent Mississippi State, the Lady Hawks ran into one of the best from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Florida State, losing 73-35.
FSU is planning on being a more fast tempo offense this season and they displayed that in front of the home crowd, using a 22-0 run over a six-minute early in the second half to pull away from the Lady Hawks.
The Seminoles held a 35-18 halftime lead, but Shorter scored the first five points of the second half, cutting the FSU lead to 35-23 with just over 18 minutes remaining in the contest.
Florida State went on to score the next 22 points.
The Seminoles shot 42.4 percent (28-of-66) while holding the Lady Hawks to 23.7 percent shooting (14-of-59). FSU held a 14-2 advantage in fast break points.
The Lady Hawks start their season on November 14 with a 6 pm tip-off at Columbus State. They take the court for the first time at the Winthrop-King Centre on November 26 to host Clark Atlanta, starting at 6 pm.