Feb. 29, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State vs. Clemson
Saturday, March 1 * 7 pm
Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) * Tallahassee, Fla.
Radio: 1270 AM & XM 191 * ACC Select
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
FSU Wrap Up Regular Season At Home Saturday With Clemson
With its heart still beating a little fast after a thrilling victory over Miami on Thursday night, the Florida State women’s basketball team rounds out the regular season Saturday (March 1) night. The Seminoles (17-11 overall, 7-6 ACC) will try to be the leader in the clubhouse for the fifth seed in the ACC Tournament when they play host to Clemson at 7 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Tigers (10-18, 3-10) come into the contest having lost their last five games. The game can be heard on 1270 AM, XM Channel 191 and Seminoles.com. It can also be seen on ACC Select.
Prior to the 7 p.m. tip with Clemson, Florida State will honor one of the players who has been so instrumental in program’s rise over the last five seasons. Senior guard Shante Williams will be recognized in a pregame ceremony. She’ll end her career as the school’s all-time assists leader as well as the newest member of the 1,000-point club.
After showing some promise at the beginning of the conference schedule, Clemson has taken a down turn the last two months. Starting with the 39-63 loss to the Seminoles, the Tigers have dropped eight of their last nine conference games and all but one has been by double digits. Clemson has struggled at both ends of the floor, ranking 11th in the league in scoring at 60.9 points per game and 12th in scoring defense at 70.4 ppg. No Tiger is averaging double figure with Christy Brown and D’Lesha Lloyd scoring 8.8 ppg. each. Clemson has been hit by the injury bug as three players have suffered season-ending ACL injuries.
Defense Bankroll FSU To Big Win In First Clemson Meeting
For a team such as Clemson who relies heavily on its press defense, poor shooting can spell trouble. The Tigers only made two of their first 27 shots to start the game and only managed nine points in the opening 20 minutes as the Seminoles prevailed 63-39 in the first meeting on January 30. Clemson’s nine points are its lowest in a half ever. Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while guard Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) scored 14 points in her first game back from a suspension.