Jan. 16, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State vs. Wake Forest
Thursday, January 17 * 7 pm
Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) * Tallahassee, Fla.
Radio: 1270 AM * ACC Select
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Florida State Back At Home To Take On Wake Forest
Coming off a tough loss at Duke, the Florida State women’s basketball team will try to get back into the win column this Thursday (January 17). The Seminoles play host to Wake Forest in a 7 p.m. contest. The game can be heard on 1270 AM and Seminoles.com. It can be seen on ACC Select.
Tucker Center Becoming Tough Place To Play In The ACC
Over the last four years, Florida State has made the Tucker Center one of the tougher arenas in the conference. After only one winning season in Sue Semrau’s first five years, the Seminoles have been at least .500 at home each of the last five seasons. Since the 2002-03 season, Florida State is 25-13 at home during ACC games. The Seminoles have done well against unranked conference teams at home having won their last eight since a 69-79 loss to Virginia Tech on Feb. 13, 2006. Last year all three of Florida State’s home losses – and its last four losses overall – came to ranked team.
Scouting Wake Forest
Picked to finish last in the conference in the preseason ACC media poll, Wake Forest exceeded expectations in early part of the season as it went 12-2 in the non-conference slate. Included in that is a 53-46 win over No. 10 Texas A&M – who beat Florida State, 81-67 – and the title of the Paradise Jam Tournament. Unfortunately for the Demon Deacons, they have not had the same success in the ACC, having dropped their first four games.
Junior forward Corrine Groves is averaging a team-best 12.2 ppg. and classmate Alex Tchangoue pulls down 7.7 rpg. Wake Forest has been getting it done on the defensive end of the floor, holding teams to an ACC-low 52.9 ppg., which also ranks fifth in the nation.