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Q&A With Basketball’s Neely And Miller

March 3, 2006

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The Florida State women’s basketball team spent its first full day in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday with a morning practice, study hall and a team dinner. The team headed back to Greensboro Coliseum in the afternoon to watch the Clemson/NC State game in which the Wolfpack prevailed, 67-53. FSU will face NC State Friday at 4 p.m.

Sports Information stole a few minutes with fifth-year senior LaQuinta Neely, who will be starting in her final ACC Tournament, and freshman Britany Miller, who will be starting in her first ACC Tournament, and asked them these questions:

Senior LaQuinta Neely:

How do you mentally prepare for the postseason?

“I usually try to do the same that I do in the regular season and I focus on how we are going to defend each team and make sure we know the game plan for each team.”

What are your expectations for the postseason?

“If we continue to play the way we’ve been playing, then the sky’s the limit. I expect us to keep playing hard and to maintain the same kind of defensive mentality that we have and I think we can go far doing it.”

How does the environment surrounding this tournament make you feel?

“It feels good and just to know this is the last time I will get to play on this court. It’s an exciting feeling and I’m looking forward to playing. My first year, I was just so nervous because you’re about to perform in front of thousands and it seemed like a lot of pressure but now, it just feels like another game as far as being ready to play. How far we’ve come since my freshman year, I can’t even put into words. Usually, we’re the first team to play and the first team to go home and we don’t even get to enjoy any of the festivities and watching other teams play. Having a first-round bye has been great, just having some down time is really nice.”

When you practiced at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday, there seemed to be a lot of people roaming around and a lot of distractions. How did that affect the team?

“The coaches told us it would be like that in a game so try to focus in and it’s kind of fun playing in front of people, knowing they’re watching you.”

What was your most memorable or favorite game of the season?

“My most memorable game this year would have to be Wake Forest where we pretty much secured the fourth-place position. When we played at Duke and we lost, and I sat down and I remember Coach White saying that if we played that hard every game, we could finish in the top four in the conference and when we were beating Wake Forest and I went to the bench, Coach White reminded me that he had said that. That was most memorable game because we accomplished what we set out to accomplish.”

In one word, describe this year’s team.

“The one word that would describe this team would be team because we just play together. It doesn’t matter who gets the glory or who scores, it that we’re playing together as a team.”

Freshman Britany Miller:

How do you mentally prepare for the postseason?

“Just coming into every practice and every game, not worry about anything else and be ready to play. Just to be energized and happy and all that.”

What are your expectations for the postseason?
“Just to come out, play as hard as we can and win every game.”

How does the environment surrounding this tournament make you feel?

“I don’t really know. It just doesn’t feel that different to me.”

When you practiced at the Greensboro Coliseum Thursday, there seemed to be a lot of people roaming around and a lot of distractions. How did that affect the team?

“It was alright. We still focused in on what the coaches were saying and what we were supposed to do and we did pretty good with all of the distractions so it didn’t really matter.”

What was your most memorable/favorite game of the season?

“All of them are my favorite but if I had to pick one, it would be my first game as a Seminole.”

In one word, describe this year’s team.

“Great.”

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