Feb. 27, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State vs. Miami
Thursday, February 28 * 7 pm
Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) * Tallahassee, Fla.
Radio: 1270 AM & XM 192 * Fox Sports Net
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
TV: Tom Block (PBP) * Keith Jones (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Seminoles Back At Home To Play Host To Hurricanes
With the fifth seed in the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament hanging in the balance, there is no other place the Florida State women’s basketball team would rather be than at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles (16-11 overall, 6-6 ACC) play the first of their final two home games this week on Thursday (February 28) at 7 p.m. against Miami. Florida State won the first contest this year against the Hurricanes (9-18, 2-10) earlier in the year. The game can be heard on 1270 AM, XM Channel 192 and Seminoles.com. It will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Florida, which is channel 29 on Tallahassee Comcast cable, channel 634 on DirecTV and channel 423 on Dish Network.
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 including 4-1 this year. Since the 2002-03 season, Florida State is 28-14 at home during ACC games. The Seminoles have done well against unranked conference teams at home having won 11 of their last 12 ACC games.
The Miami team had was showing signs of life at the start of the ACC slate has not had very good fortunes since the first meeting between the two teams. The Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 10 games, but do have a 54-52 win over Georgia Tech. Miami has lost two players recently, including guard Albrey Grimsley, who was UM’s second-leading scorer at 8.0 ppg. The Hurricanes have struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 60.7 percent this year, which rates 315th out of 325 schools. Junior guard Maurita Reid is Ms. Everything for the Hurricanes, leading them in scoring (15.9 ppg.) and rebounding (5.7 rpg.) while rating fourth in the country in her 3.8 steals per game.
FSU Hasn’t Rolled Out The ACC Welcome Wagon For Miami
The Seminoles have not been very hospitable to the Hurricanes since they joined the conference three years ago. Florida State has won six of the seven meetings in the ACC and FSU has won the last four by an average of 11 points, thanks to a 25-point win, 79-54, in Miami on February 9, 2006. The Florida State-Miami game was an annual rivalry for nearly 20 years, but the two teams hadn’t play from 1991-92 until the Hurricanes joined the league in 2004-05. Miami hasn’t won in the state capital since an 80-73 decision on January 29, 1987.