Jan. 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State will have a true backup point guard from here on out in the 2009-10 season as freshman Leonor Rodriguez will make her debut Sunday against Temple.
Rodriguez had to sit out the first 14 games of the season due to amateur issues during her time in her native Spain.
The freshman showed off what she is capable of in the exhibition contest against Valdosta State when she tallied 8 points, 9 rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes of action.
Rodriguez and her teammates will face a tough test Sunday in the form of a Temple Owls team that enters with an impressive 10-3 record.
The Seminoles will look to move to 2-1 on their four-game homestand and to 13-2 for just the second time in school history.
Temple is coming off a 70-62 home loss to No. 8/9 Duke Wednesday where the Blue Devils dominated the glass by a 40-27 margin.
The Owls are led by Shaqwedia Wallace who is averaging 13.0 ppg, but Wallace has been held to single digits in the last five games.
Holding down the middle for Temple is Jasmine Stone who is averaging 8.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg to go along with a team-high 20 blocks this year.
Temple is in a three-game stretch against top 15 teams as the Owls fell to No. 8/9 Duke on Dec. 31, take on No. 11/12 FSU today then head to No. 13/15 Xavier a week from Sunday.
Against Atlantic 10 Foes
FSU is 18-8 all time against teams from the Atlantic 10 having won the past three meetings. The Seminoles claimed an 86-67 win over Temple last year after taking down Fordham in 2006 and 2007.
The win was the third this season following a loss as FSU improved to 8-0 following its last eight losses dating back to a year ago.
Chrisitan Hunnicutt dished out a career-high 8 assists.
The Seminoles committed just 11 turnovers in the win their fewest of the season. FSU turned the ball over just five times in the first half and only 6 in the second.
Up Next For The Seminoles
The Seminoles will open ACC play against Virginia on Thursday as they close out their four-game homestand.