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No. 24 FSU To Play At No. 3/4 Duke Sunday At 4 p.m.

Feb. 5, 2005

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Make sure to catch the perfect Super Bowl pregame show when No. 24 Florida State (19-4, 5-3 ACC) visits No. 3/4 Duke (21-2, 7-1 ACC) in women’s basketball action Sunday, February 6th at 4 p.m. in a regionally-televised game, including Sun Sports in the state of Florida.

“It’s always an interesting game when we play Duke,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I think this season, it’s even more so because of the differences in the two teams. Duke has a lot of size, they’re shot blockers, they really protect the paint and we’re a smaller team that really likes to defend hard and get out and run. It’s just going to be interesting the way the game plays out. I know our players feel like they’ve reestablished some things about who we are and we need to go up there and battle.”

The game will feature the two teams in the ACC with the most overall victories. In league play, the Blue Devils sit atop the ACC with a 7-1 record while the Seminoles’ 5-3 mark puts them in a tie for third place. Sunday’s game will be the only regular-season match up between Duke and Florida State.

The Blue Devils who are led by Monique Curry’s 18.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, are coming off a 72-63 win at Miami Thursday. The Seminoles who led by Roneeka Hodges’ 18.9 points per game, took a 73-49 win over Lipscomb in a non-conference road game. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 50 rebounds in the victory, including a season-high 23 offensive boards.

“Part of reestablishing ourselves was just awareness but also taking some risks in a non-conference game to get their confidence back,” Semrau said. “I thought they reestablished themselves on the rebounding end and not only on the defensive end, which is vital for us, but we also went to the offensive glass really hard. That’s what we felt good about and that’s what our identity is.”

FSU’s tilt with No. 3/4 Duke will be the Tribe’s fourth game this season against a ranked opponent but first against a Top 5 team. FSU is 3-0 vs. ranked foes this season. Duke holds a 23-7 series advantage over Florida State. The series dates back to FSU’s first season in the ACC – 1991-92. FSU won the first five out of six meetings between the two schools, including the first four straight contests, but has won just twice since including an 80-74 win over the then No. 2-ranked Blue Devils last season in Tallahassee. Florida State is the last ACC team to defeat Duke on its home court. That was a 71-69 victory on February 8, 2001.

SUPER SUNDAY ON THE ROAD


No. 24/24 SEMINOLES (19-4, 5-3 ACC)
at No. 3/4 Duke (21-2, 7-1 ACC)
February 6, 2005 • Cameron Indoor Stadium • 4:00 p.m.
Regional Sports Network (Sun Sports) • Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli
WFLA -AM 1270 • seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jamie Hovda

FLORIDA STATE
2004-05 Record 19-4, 5-3 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 15-15
Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record 111-114
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3
Conference Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee


DUKE
2004-05 Record 21-2, 7-1 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 30-4
Head Coach Gail Goestenkors/13th Season
School Record 323-90
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Conference Atlantic Sun



THE STORY LINE


• GENERALLY-SPEAKING...
The win at Lipscomb gave Florida State its 19th win -- matching the most wins an FSU team has ever had in the Sue Semrau era (2000-01 team went 19-12). The Seminoles finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with the Lipscomb game and went 14-1 in those contests. FSU's tilt with No. 3/4 Duke will be the Tribe's fourth game against a ranked opponent but first against a Top 5 team. FSU is 3-0 vs. ranked foes this season. Roneeka Hodges continues to play strong for FSU and is averaging a team-high 18.9 points per game.


• THE SERIES... Duke holds a 23-7 series advantage over Florida State. The series dates back to FSU's first season in the ACC - 1991-92. FSU won the first five out of six meetings between the two schools, including the first four straight contests, but has won just twice since including an 80-74 win over the then No. 2-ranked Blue Devils last season in Tallahassee. Florida State is the last ACC team to defeat Duke on its home court. That was a 71-69 victory on February 8, 2001.


DIFFERENT GROUP OF SEMINOLES
No current Seminole playing this season has averaged more than 6.0 points per game in their careers against the Blue Devils. Only six among the 10 players on this year's team has even ever played against Duke. Senior Linnea Liljestrand leads the way with 6.0 points per game in six meetings with the Blue Devils. In three of those meetings, however, Liljestrand has scored in double figures, including a career-high 22 points in the February 21, 2002 meeting in Durham. In last year's win vs. then No.-2 Duke, current Seminoles accounted for only seven of FSU's 80 points.


AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Senior Roneeka Hodges has been a force for the Seminoles all season long and has scored in double figures in 22 of 23 games, including the last 21 straight games. She is especially effective against ranked opponents. In three games against ranked foes, all wins, Hodges has averaged 28.7 points per game on 55 percent shooting from the field and 57 percent shooting from three-point range. She has also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game. As a team, the Seminoles have averaged 85.0 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field.


TIES THE MOST
FSU's 19 wins matches the most wins Florida State has produced under Sue Semrau. In 2000-01, she led FSU to a 19-12 record - the program's most wins since 1990-91. With one more win, Florida State will reach the 20-win mark for the first time since 1990-91 when the Seminoles went 25-7 and the first time since joining the ACC. If FSU were to record 20 or more wins this season, it would be just the fifth time in program history.


Florida State's 20-Win Seasons:


1981-82 28-10
1982-83 24-6
1989-90 21-9
1990-91 25-7


DOUBLE DIGIT WINS
Prior to Semrau's arrival in 1997-98, Florida State had not recorded double-digit wins in four straight seasons. Under Semrau's direction, FSU has had double digit wins in six straight seasons, including this year. Onlyone other time in the history of the program has that happened, from 1978-79 to 1983-84.


BY DOUBLE DIGITS
The 24-point win at Lipscomb marked just the second time this season that FSU has won a game by 20 or more points. The first was an 82-56 (26 points) win over Miami Ohio. FSU has had double-digit victories in 13 games overall but the Lipscomb win was first double digit win since the 11-point win at Clemson on January 13th.


PULL IT DOWN
The Seminoles recorded a season-best 50 rebounds in the win at Lipscomb, including 23 offensive rebounds, another season-high. The Tribe also outrebounded the Lady Bisons by 23 - another season-best. Overall, FSU has outrebounded 14 opponents this season, but had been outrebounded in the five games prior to Lipscomb.

FIRST HALF TO 40
FSU scored 41 points in the first half at Lipscomb, marking the first time in the year 2005 that the Seminoles have reached the 40-point mark in the first half. The Tribe has actually scored 40+ first half points in five games overall this season but the Lipscomb game was the first time since the Charlotte game on December 21st. FSU has scored 40 or more points in the second half four times this season, including twice in ACC play vs. Clemson and Maryland.


STOLE THE SHOW
With a career-high five steals at Lipscomb, Ganiyat Adeduntan helped the Seminoles to 13 steals for the game. FSU has had double digit steals in nine games overall, including the last two straight games (11 vs. UVA, 13 at Lipscomb).


MORE ON GANIYAT
Junior Ganiyat has led the team in scoring in the last two ACC games with 17 and 18 points, respectively, and had scored in double figures in five straight contests prior to the Lipscomb game. She had just seven points at Lipscomb, but added 11 rebounds and four blocks to her five steals. Adeduntan has grabbed double-digit rebounds in six games and has been among the team leaders in rebounding 12 times this season. In the last five ACC games, Adeduntan is averaging 17.0 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.


ASSISTING
Reserve point guard LaQuinta Neely has averaged 5.0 assists per game to go with her 7.0 points per game over the past four contests. Since returning to action at Clemson, Neely has averaged 5.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game.


BACK ON TRACK
After playing 40+ minutes in three straight ACC games, Holly Johnson has played fewer than 30 minutes in the last three games, including a season-low 27 minutes vs. Miami when she had the flu. Although she played just 28 minutes at Lipscomb, Johnson seemed to be clicking on all cylinders. The junior point guard scored 10 points, her first double-digit effort since the Carolina win, and had five assists, two steals, two rebounds and just one steal. More importantly, Johnson, who leads the team and ranks third in the ACC in free throw shooting, went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She has been perfect from the charity stripe in 10 games this season. In the two losses prior to Lipscomb, Johnson was a combined 1-for-2 from the free throw line, scored a combined 10 points and had nine turnovers to her five assists in the two games.


GOOD GOLLY MISS HOLLY!
Holly Johnson's team-high 97 assists is already more than she had in any single season. As a rookie in 2002-03, she had 60. Even more impressive, however, is her assist to turnovers numbers. She has 30 fewer turnovers than assists this season for a 1.4 assists/turnover ratio. Overall, Johnson has been among the team leaders in assists in 18 games and has had five or more assists in 11 games. She recorded a career-high eight assists in two games this season. She has 206 career assists.


SWEDISH 16
Senior Linnea Liljestrand, who hails from Stockholm, Sweden, scored 16 points in 26 minutes at Lipscomb. It was the ninth time she has scored in double figures but the first time since she had 10 points in the win over Carolina. She was an impressive 7-for-10 in the effort and hit two three-pointers. Liljestrand has double figure shot attempts in just five games this season and in all five of those games, she's reached double figures. She has not attempted more than nine shots in an ACC game this season.

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