Nov. 30, 2005
Fresh off its sixth straight Seminole Classic title, the 4-1 Florida State women’s basketball team will host Mississippi State (1-4) Friday, December 2nd at 4:30 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be televised live on Sun Sports.
“Mississippi State has a great program and has always had very good teams, usually an NCAA Tournament team, so to be able to have another SEC team on our schedule early will help prepare us for what’s ahead,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said.
The Seminoles have now won four of their first five games in six straight seasons. FSU’s last two wins were victories over teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament last season in Western Carolina and Montana.
“Having two NCAA teams that we were able to go up against was really great for us,” Semrau said. “Against Western Carolina, I thought we had a little bit of a let down from our Florida win and we weren’t as sharp. Against Montana, we picked it up and were able to avenge a loss from the year prior at their tournament. I was really pleased with the play of our team.”
Led by freshman Britany Miller and senior Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 12.8 points per game, the Seminoles are averaging 75.4 points and 38.2 rebounds per game. FSU has outrebounded all five of its opponents and recorded more blocks, assists and steals than its opponent in all five games.
“We’re nowhere close to where we can be,” Semrau said . “With six new players coming in, it takes a lot of time to get in a rhythm. I’m pleased that we’re winning basketball games but we have a long way to go. I think we’re still a very exciting team, but I want to be a great team and as we continue to grow and develop I think we can become one.”
Miller also leads the team in rebounding at 7.2 boards per game as five Seminoles are averaging 4.0 rebounds or more per game.
“I have liked the emergence of our inside game,” Semrau said. “Britany Miller and Nikki Anthony both had great tournaments and were named to the Seminole Classic All-Tournament team. That inside presence for us is different than we had last year and it’s going to give us a lot more versatility this season.”
Semrau notes the team’s defensive effort as a key to FSU’s early success and says that the Seminoles will have to maintain that dominance if they want to continue to win.
“Again, we’re going to have to be dominant on the defensive end of the floor against Mississippi State,” Semrau said. “That’s going to be my answer about every time when I’m asked what we have to do to beat teams. I think we continue to develop as a very good defensive team and night in and night out, that’s where we feel a lot of our offense comes from.”
Florida State had a much younger look to its starting line up in its last game and the same five players that started the Montana game are projected to get the nod against Mississippi State. The five include sophomores Nikki Anthony and Shante Williams and freshmen Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Miller.
“I just thought their productivity was very good and playing hard is going to get you on the floor and productivity is going to keep you on the floor,” Semrau said. “I liked the way they were efficient and effective in starting out the game against Montana in both halves and we are just going to continue to work until we have the best line up on the floor.”