Dec. 19, 2009
LAS VEGAS –
Florida State and UT-San Antonio will open the Duel in the Desert tournament on Saturday at 12 noon PT in the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nev.
FSU has opened the season with nine straight wins and will look for number 10 on Saturday against the Roadrunners.
The Seminoles have shot better than 40 percent every game this season and have held their opponents to less than 40 percent in seven of nine games.
A year ago FSU was 4-5 on neutral courts and will look to change that around this year starting Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas. The Seminoles were 4-3 in 2007-08 and 3-3 in 2006-07.
The entire Duel in the Desert tournament will be webcast by Fox College Sports Broadband courtesy of B2TV.
The Roadrunners are coming off a 74-53 loss to Houston in San Antonio on Dec. 7.
Amber Gregg leads UTSA in scoring at 12.6 ppg, while Whitney York and Ashleigh Franklin are both averaging more than 11.0 ppg.
Franklin is dominating the glass for the Roadrunners with 9.9 rpg.
UTSA is struggling shooting the basketball this year as they are shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 33.6 from 3-point range and 61.9 from the charity stripe.
Against Southland Foes
FSU is 5-1 all-time against Southland with wins over Lamar, McNeese State, Northwestern State, SE Louisiana and UT Arlington. The lone loss was to SE Louisiana in 1979.
The Seminoles last met a Southland conference team in 2004 when they took down UT-Arlington by a very slim 72-70 margin.
Last Time Out
Cierra Brevard had 12 points and six rebounds and Courtney Ward had 12 points and six assists and Angel Gray and Alexa Deluzio also scored 12 points apiece for the Seminoles (9-0), who won their 17th straight road game.
The FSU bench was outscored for just the second time all season as UCF tallied 21 bench points to the Seminoles’ 20.
Up Next For The Seminoles
The Seminoles will take on either Arkansas or DePaul in the second round of the Duel in the Desert. If FSU wins it will play at 5 p.m. PT on Sunday and if it loses the Seminoles will play at 12 p.m. PT.
On the other side of the bracket is tournament host UNLV along with Hawai’i, Kansas State and VCU.