Jan. 8, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team (13-2, 0-1 ACC) will host Miami (8-5) Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in what will be the Hurricanes’ first league game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles are looking to rebound from their 59-58 loss to Georgia Tech Thursday and expect much of the same kind of challenge from Miami.
“I think it’s going to be this way the entire ACC,” FSU senior co-captain Roneeka Hodges said. “Most of the games are going to be close like that (like the Georgia Tech game) and we just need to learn how to finish them and come out with a victory.”
The game will be televised regionally, including Sunshine Network in the state of Florida. Florida State will also be celebrating Alumni Weekend this Sunday and will recognize the former Seminoles in attendance.
The loss to the Yellow Jackets was just the Seminoles’ second of the season. After the Tribe’s first loss, 60-49 at Montana, FSU responded with a 64-43 win over Colgate.
“Sometimes a loss can be good,” Hodges said. “It’s get you back in the right state of mind. Not that we ever want to lose, but we just got to get to work and get the next one against Miami.”
While Sunday’s meeting will be first ACC match up between the two teams, it will be the 25th game overall between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes and FSU has an 18-6 advantage. The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. FSU has won four straight over the `Canes but the two teams last met 12 years ago.
FSU and Miami have had one common nonconference opponent this season in the University of Montana. The Hurricanes topped the Lady Grizzlies, 55-49, in Miami on December 20th while the Seminoles fell at Montana, 60-49, on December 29th. Miami is 0-4 in “away” games this season but has one “road” win with an 88-64 win over Maryland Eastern Shore at a neutral site in Brooklyn, N.Y.
FSU (13-2, 0-1) vs. Miami (8-5, 0-0) Sunday, January 9, 2005 - 1:00 p.m. Sunshine Network (RSN) Donald L. Tucker Center
2004-05 Record 13-2, 0-1 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 15-15 Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season School Record 105-112 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3 Conference Atlantic Coast *Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee
2004-05 Record 8-5, 0-0 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 22-7 Head Coach Ferne Labati/17th Season School Record 298-184 Career Record 412-299/27th Season Starters Returning/Lost 3/2 Conference Atlantic Coast
GENERALLY-SPEAKING… FSU fell in its ACC opener to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the second straight season…Once again, Roneeka Hodges (19) and Alicia Gladden (17) led FSU in the loss…FSU was outmatched in rebounding (34 to 22) and steals (5 to 10) but had more assists and fewer turnovers than the Jackets…with the loss, the Seminoles went to 7-1 at home.
THE SERIES… Just like the football programs, Florida State will be Miami’s first league opponent as Sunday’s game will mark the first ACC women’s basketball game for the Hurricanes. It won’t, however, be the first game between the two schools. In fact, Sunday’s meeting will be the 25th game overall between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes and FSU has an 18-6 advantage. The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. FSU has won four straight over the `Canes but the two teams last met 12 years ago. FSU and Miami have had one common nonconference opponent this season in the University of Montana. The Hurricanes topped the Lady Grizzlies, 55-49, in Miami on December 20th while the Seminoles fell at Montana, 60-49, on December 29th. Miami is 0-4 in “away” games this season but has one “road” win with an 88-64 win over Maryland Eastern Shore at a neutral site in Brooklyn, N.Y.
LEAGUE’S TOP TWO
Sunday’s game will be an offensive thriller as the contest features the ACC’s top two scorers in Miami’s Tamara James (24.5) and Florida State’s Roneeka Hodges (17.5). Team-speaking, however, FSU ranks seventh in the league in scoring offense while Miami is ninth. On the flip side, Miami’s defense is allowing opponents’ 66.5 points per game – last in the league.
SPEAKING OF THE LEAGUE…
Below is a list of the top non-conference records accumulated this season. The records are as of January 3.
1 ACC 108-26 .806 2 SEC 111-35 .760 3 Big XII 93-33 .738 4 Big East 90-37 .709 5 Big Ten 80-39 .672 6 Pac 10 59-32 .648 7 WAC 59-32 .648 8 Conference USA 99-77 .563
STILL ONE OF BEST STARTS
When FSU went 12-0 to start the season, it was the first time that a Seminole team opened a season with 12 straight wins. It was also the first time in program history that a Seminole team won 12 straight games. Now, with a record of 13-2, the Tribe is still off to one of the program’s best starts. Only three other FSU teams have had as much success in the early part of the season:
Year First 15 games Final Record 1981-82 14-1 28-10 1982-83 14-1 24-6 1990-91 13-2 25-7 2004-05 13-2 ??????
VERY-FEW TRIPS TO THE LINE
While the Georgia Tech game was indeed physical, the Seminoles attempted a season-low five free throws. It’s not only a season-low, but the fewest free throw attempts by an FSU team in the Sue Semrau era. The last time an FSU team had five or fewer free throw attempts was vs. Florida in the 1996-97 season.
SHE NEEDS TO GET TO THE LINE
Roneeka Hodges, who has the most free throw attempts on the team with 62, has not been to the free throw line at all in three of the last four games. In the one game she did get there, she went 4-for-4. Prior to this stretch, she was averaging 5.3 free throw attempts per game.
NOT A GOOD TREND
In each of FSU’s two losses, the Seminoles have been outrebounded by 12 and have recorded their worst two rebounding performances with 27 vs. Montana and 22 vs. Georgia Tech. FSU was outrebounded by a season-high 12 boards with a season-low 27 rebounds in the Montana loss.
DID YOU KNOW…
As of January 3rd, FSU’s RPI ranking was 36th – four best on the team…the ACC’s RPI ranked third in the nation… Alicia Gladden now ranks first in the ACC in steals per game at 3.60