March 20, 2005
No. 6 seed Florida State University
Head Coach Sue Semrau
“I really was impressed with our sharpness being off two weeks. That was my biggest fear was that we would come out possibly a little out of rhythm. I think that we found a good formula back at home to try and prepare us for game time. I just am so impressed with who we were on the defensive end tonight, and that’s been our main focus of who we need to be to be a good basketball team. I think the other thing is just our teamwork. We aren’t the most talented group, individually, but when we come together we can do some things. Twenty-three assists and 10 turnovers is the thing that we are most excited about. I think, secondly, out rebounding a team 35-20 is another thing that we will really hang our hats on.”
What is the plan for UConn?
“We really haven’t talked a whole lot about it. My staff has been preparing. We were really focused on this game. For us, this is the team that put us out of the Tournament (NIT) last year, so we were really focused on this one.”
With the amount of time off, what did you do to get the players ready?
“Like I said it worried me. I thought it was an awful lot of time. We gave them a couple games after the ACC Tournament. Then hit it really hard for four days, then we took two days off again and came back. We were on Spring Break at that point. We came back with the normal routine, went one day, then had a day off, then one day and a scrimmage. I think having that opportunity to be in a game-like situation was good. It proved good tonight. You didn’t know when we were playing that it would be exactly what we needed, but so far so good.”
Senior Guard Roneeka Hodges
What’s it going to take to get passed UConn?
“I think we just need to come out and play the same game that we played tonight, come out with the same defensive intensity, and execute well on offense, and I think we should be fine.”
Junior Guard Holly Johnson
On hitting big 3-point shots:
“The main thing with the whole game was just ball movement. I think just having enough confidence to take the shot, and they went it, so it was good. I can’t really say anything about it. I just went up and shot it.”
Were you worried about the time off in between games?
“I don’t think we were worried because coming in before the ACC ended we had a week off and played Georgia Tech. Then in the ACC Tournament we had a week off and played Virginia. We learned the lesson that we couldn’t come out flat. These past couple weeks in practice we have really hit it hard. I think, at time, all of us complained about it, but we went out on the court and we stepped out there and weren’t tired. I think that helped out big time. We had a couple scrimmage games against our scout team and that proved to be the key for us.”
What was working well for you?
I think one of the biggest things was our energy. We really had a lot of energy and came together. We really got it started on the defensive end. We were denying reversals which, I think, disrupted their offensive flow. I think as soon as our defense gets going our offense comes with it. We just had great ball movement.”
Sophomore Guard Alicia Gladden
Is taking on UConn the chance of a lifetime?
“I think it is. Just the fact that we are going to play UConn, the National Champions. I agree with Roneeka that we have to come out with the intensity that we had this game. We have to treat it like a regular game.”