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4-0 Seminoles Host 2-3 Gators Friday At 4 p.m.

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Rivalry weekend gets started early when the 4-0 Florida State women’s basketball team hosts the 2-3 Florida Gators Friday, November 24th at 4 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be televised on Sun Sports.


FSU and Florida will meet for the 67th time in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has faced the Gators more than any other team and has played UF at least once every season since FSU began keeping results in 1973-74. According to FSU records, the series stands at 40-26 in UF’s favor. FSU’s 72-62 victory in Gainesville during the 2004-05 season snapped Florida‘s 16-game winning streak over the Seminoles and Florida State has now won two of the last three games over the Gators. Last season, FSU and UF met twice in order to get on the home schedule with the football teams.


“We’re excited that we’ve developed a rivalry now,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “In order to do that, you have to go out and beat folks and we’ve been able to do that the last couple of years and so we’re really excited about the level this rivalry has reached. Anybody can win this game. I’m just excited about the big weekend we have coming up.”


FSU’s 4-0 start this season marks just the second time in Semrau’s 10 years that the Seminoles have won their first four games of the season and just the fourth time in the program’s history. Semrau is pleased with the team’s progress so far.


“We had hoped to be 4-0, but with a young team, it was hard to tell how we were going to handle the challenge of being on the road, having so many games in a week’s period of time,” Semrau said. “I am pleased with that and very excited though, that we’ve had three days of practice now. We hadn’t had practice, just a lot of game prep, and we need to get better in a lot of areas.”


The Seminoles are scoring more than 20 points than their opponents and have a +16 rebounding advantage. Led by Britany Miller’s 10 blocks, the Seminoles have recorded 22 blocks to their opponent’s eight. Florida State recorded a season-high seven blocks in the SEMO win which are the most for FSU since recording 10 vs. Miami of Ohio on November 27, 2004. Through the first four games last season, FSU had 18 blocks. Despite the advantages on the boards and in the air, Semrau and the Seminoles continue to make defense a priority.


“Defensively, we have to become more of a unit,” Semrau said. “It’s true of every team in the country right now if you watch the basketball games that are happening. People can score, but it’s really getting your defensive identity that takes time.”


In FSU’s four games this season, a different Seminole has led the team in scoring in three contests. Britany Miller led the way in the first two games while Tanae Davis-Cain and Alicia Gladden followed with career performances in the last two games.


“That’s what we expected from this team, because we have a lot of offensive talent,” Semrau said. “The thing that I’ve been pleased with is how certain players have stepped up on both ends of the floor. Every time someone’s had a good offensive game, they’ve been stellar on the defensive end of the floor as well and that’s so important.”


Florida State will honor former Seminole Brooke Wyckoff at halftime of Friday’s game with the retirement of her jersey No. 21. Wyckoff played for Semrau from 1997-2001 and also played for Florida Gator head coach Carolyn Peck in the WNBA for the Orlando Miracle.

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