March 20, 2007
Head Coach Sue Semrau
(Opening Statement) “It takes a lot of courage to come in here and win. I had a lot of players that believed we could turn this program around. 11 years ago this program was 0-16 in the ACC and it took a lot of players to believe the Florida State could be a basketball school and not just a football school. Shante Williams was able to come up big tonight. Stanford is a great basketball team and is a great program. This is a huge win for our program; you just need to credit the courage of our team to just play our style of play. Even if we aren’t the most talented team or the best team, we were able to fight and get a win here and that really makes me excited for the players on this team.
(On controlling the boards) “Rebounding was a huge key for us. It was one of the defensive keys before the game we focused on. I thought we got good position and were able to hold our own against a great rebounding team.
(On beating a Top 5 team) “Earlier this year we came to this area and lost to USF. For us to lose then and beat a team like Stanford is amazing. We talked about fighting through and develop as a team and we would be a rewarded and it feels good to be rewarded.
(On the 11-0 run in the 2nd half) “I thought getting the ball inside was critical. Britany Miller was in foul trouble but for our big to step up was big for us. Shante really did what Shante does best with the ball in her hands and get back-to-back stops, which helped the run.
Florida Guard Shante Williams:
(On coming back from injury) “I felt pretty good today, I felt that it was win or go home and all year long they’ve been carrying me and it was about time for me to carry back.
(On facing Wiggins) “Candice Wiggins is an awesome player and she caused problems for us. For Harden and Gladden to step up like that was huge for us.
(On playing Stanford last year) “We had a great week of practice, they had a different team and we had a different team. This is my last year so we had to go all out and give all our effort.
Florida State Guard Mara Freshour
(On playing in Maples) “It was awesome. We were excited before the game and we are still excited now. Our team did an awesome job of fighting the crowd and even though we had a hard time hearing some plays, we fought through it.