Oct. 14, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. –
The Florida State women’s basketball team held its first practice of the season Friday night with an hour and a half session at the Florida State Basketball Training Center. The Seminoles worked on re-establishing their defense, which helped the Seminoles earn a No. 6 seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
FSU will return to practice Saturday at Noon. The Seminoles’ first exhibition game of the season will be Monday, October 31, 2005 vs. Athletes in Action at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
Head Coach Sue Semrau:
We had a good short practice and were able to maintain a high intensity throughout the 90 minute practice. I liked how intense our team was and I felt like it was a really good first day. We’ll get them in the weight room later tonight and then we will get after it again tomorrow.
I really liked what I saw about how the seniors stepped up and educated- I think is the best word for the freshmen class. They were telling them where to go and reminding them of certain things in our defensive system and I really liked that. I also thought they were very encouraging when they did well and that’s something that we are going to have to have throughout the season.
Senior Ganiyat Adeduntan:
It was great having everyone on the floor together. We have had a chance to practice this year, but only with four players, so having everyone out there together let you know that it’s about that time. We came out, worked hard and were really intense.
As a senior, I know what to expect and I know that I have to come out everyday, bring my all and be a leader. On the court I am very vocal and I know that I have to be a player that my teammates can follow. It is going to take some time for the six freshmen to learn the system, but they are willing to learn so it’s going well so far.
Freshman Mara Freshour:
As a freshman it felt really cool to be on the floor, but I think we were all really nervous because we didn’t know what to expect when it came to intensity and speed. The coaches and other players are really encouraging and helped us through the first ice breaker of practice. You’re always afraid that everyone else is doing it perfectly and you’re just doing it wrong. The coaches and my teammates are there to encourage everyone that they are doing alright.