Feb. 14, 2007
It’s a battle for third place in the ACC as No. 6 Maryland visits the Donald L. Tucker Center Thursday, February 15th for an ESPN2 women’s basketball showdown between the Terrapins and the Florida State Seminoles. The Maryland Terrapins, the defending national champions, are 24-3 overall and 8-3 in ACC play and in third place in the league. The Seminoles enter the game with an 18-7 overall mark and are right behind the Terps in the ACC standings at 7-3.
“Maryland is a great offensive team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve got to rebound the basketball better than they do, limit their three-point shooting, and play solid half-court defense but I like the way we match up with them.”
Thursday’s ESPN2 game will be the first ever nationally-televised regular-season home game for FSU women’s basketball and it’s Operation Sell-Out at the Tucker Center. Sponsored by Student Housing Solutions, all tickets are $2 as the Seminoles look to produce their first-ever sellout in front of a nationally-televised audience. Click here to purchase tickets.
One lucky student in attendance will receive FREE RENT for a semester courtesy of Student Housing Solutions and all FSU students are admitted free to the game with a valid FSU ID.
The Seminoles are looking to bounce back from a poor shooting night in their 21-point loss to No. 2 North Carolina in which FSU shot just 30 percent from the field. FSU did, however, outrebound the Tar Heels and FSU was just the fourth team to do so this season. Aggressive play has resulted in a high number of turnovers in FSU’s last two games in which they have averaged 26.5 turnovers per game. FSU had 23 turnovers in the UNC loss, but the Seminoles defense forced 28 Carolina turnovers.
Maryland has a 20-12 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won eight of the last 13 meetings with the Terrapins. The series began in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s first season in the ACC. Overall, FSU is 8-6 vs. Maryland in games played in Tallahassee. Ten of FSU’s 12 wins have been under Semrau’s direction since her arrival in 1997-98. In the 10 wins, the Seminoles have won by an average of 10.0 points per game. Seven of those 10 wins have been in Tallahassee including the last time these two teams met at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Maryland and FSU rank first (30.5) and second (33.5) in the league in rebounding defense and second (46.3) and fourth (42.7), respectively, in rebounding offense.