STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- A 15-day layoff didn't hurt Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Ganiyat Adeduntan had 19 points to lead five starters in double figures and the Seminoles hit nine 3-pointers and shot 56 percent from the field in an 87-54 win over Richmond on Sunday."We had a week off before the ACC tournament before playing Virginia and I think we really learned a lesson that we couldn't come out flat," said junior guard Holly Johnson, who had a team-high three 3-pointers. "These past couple of weeks in practice we really hit hard, and at times we complained about it, but when we stepped on the court I think it helped big time."With the win, sixth-seeded Florida State (24-7) advanced to a Tuesday game with host and three-time defending national champion Connecticut, which beat Dartmouth 95-47 earlier Sunday.Connecticut (24-7) has beaten Florida State in each of the last two seasons, including 81-53 here last year.However, those wins were with Diana Taurasi in the lineup, and this group of Seminoles has enough athleticism and talent to cause problems for the defending national champions."I just think we need to come out with the same game we played tonight, come out with the same defensive intensity and execute offensively and we'll be all right," said Roneeka Hodges, who added 18 points along with Alicia Gladden.Richmond (23-8) wasn't much of a challenge for Florida State, especially with leading scorer Kate Flavin limited by an injury to her right knee. The senior was scoreless in eight minutes in her first action since being injured against Dayton on Feb. 27. She did not attempt a shot and she did not play in the second half."It just wasn't there," Flavin said of her knee. "I made a back-door cut and it just wasn't the same. I didn't know if I was helping my team, so they might as well have put somebody else in there who can do something."Saona Chapman had 12 points to lead Richmond, which was making its third NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 1991. The Spiders have yet to win a game in the tournament. The 87 points were the most they allowed this season.Florida State, which had not played since losing in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on March 5, was on from the start. The Seminoles hit nine of their first 13 shots, including 5-of-7 3-pointers in jumping to a 25-5 lead.After Chapman hit a jumper to give Richmond a 5-4 lead, the Seminoles scored the next 21 points. Hodges ignited the run with a 3-pointer; before the run was over, Johnson hit two more and Linnea Liljestand made another. LaQuinta Neely capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play."They just shot the lights out," Chapman said of Florida State, which was 9-of-14 from 3-point range. "Holly Johnson knocked down two 3-pointers right off the bat and Hodges had one. They just knocking down threes and the second half, they just kept coming."Kelly Roche added 11 points and Araceli Gil had 10 for Richmond, which beat Florida State 84-77 in the WNIT last year. Flavin and Chapman scored 26 points apiece in that game.Johnson added 11 points and Liljestrand had 10 for Florida State, which was 36-of-64 from the field.