January 4, 2005 - by
Coach Sue Says…

Jan. 4, 2005

The Florida State women’s basketball team is off to the program’s best start with a 13-1 record. The Seminoles will open ACC play Thursday when they host 9-2 Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Head coach Sue Semrau sat down with the media today. Here’s a glimpse at what she had to say:

(on first ACC game vs. Georgia Tech)

“Georgia Tech is a very athletic team. They have a lot of size and they’re playing really good basketball right now. They’ve only lost two games and both of those were road games. We’re looking to improve some of the things we need to do in order to match up with them Thursday night.”

(on falling behind in the first half vs. Colgate)

“We needed rest. We were exhausted. We played nine games in 20 days. Now we will have eight in 30. We needed to take some time off of our legs and also get them back into practice. We really needed the practice time that we have had this week.”

(on the team’s recent travels)

“It’s been great. It’s been really huge. The opportunity to be together really was a joy. I think it really helped us to be battle-tested. It was a difficult situation that we had to fight through and there were new challenges all of the time. Whether it be traveling from one climate to another climate or playing three games in three days, there were things that people had to battle through and it was fun to watch them progress as a basketball team and really find their identity.”

(on beginning ACC play)

“It’s really going to be huge. We need to come out with our best effort in order to have a good showing against this Georgia Tech team. They’re very good. They’re RPI is excellent, they’ve played good teams. We just really want to come out and have that same kind of effort that we had in the Florida game and against Louisville, against those types of teams. It’s going to be really big for us to be able to implement the things we’ve worked on in practice in order to get out to a good start in the ACC.”

(on play of leading scorer Roneeka Hodges)

“She’s got such a great heart. She’s really a kid that wants to put the team on her back. I wasn’t real pleased with the way she’s been playing on the defensive end and she’s stepped it up in a major way in the second half of the Colgate game and in practice and that’s something that is going to help us in the long run.”

(on team’s only loss)

“The loss was important to us for a couple of reasons. Number one, we had started to see some slippage in certain areas and we were able to address those. It was important that it happened when it did because if we weren’t able to address those areas in a way where we had the players’ attention because of the loss then we would have been more hurt when we got to the ACC than we will be now. It was important for us to learn some lessons, plus, they win 90 percent of their games at Montana and it’s no shame to lose a game there. They had a great crowd and it was a lot of fun and a great atmosphere for us.”

(on status of the team)

“I sense a lot more energy after our time off. There’s a spring in their step again and they are very excited about getting into conference play.”

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