Jan. 23, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State at Miami
Thursday, January 24 * 7 pm
BankUnited Center (7,000) * Coral Gables, Fla.
Radio: 1270 AM * TV: CSS
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
CSS: Jason Solodkin (PBP) * Robin Muller (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Road Swing Continues For Florida State At Miami
Winners of two games in a row, the Florida State women’s basketball team plays its second-straight Atlantic Coast Conference road game on Thursday night (January 24). The Seminoles (13-6 overall, 3-1 ACC) will take on Miami at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes (8-11, 1-3) have lost their last two contests. The game can be heard on 1270 AM and Seminoles.com. It will be broadcast on CSS, which is channel 26 on Tallahassee Comcast cable.
Seminoles Turning Up The Defense
An offensive juggernaut the first half of the season, Florida State has turned to the defense end of the floor for its success over the last 10 games. In the first nine games of the season, FSU had given up 75 points or more in five contests. Since giving up 81 points to Texas A&M, no opponent as scored more than 75 points and the only teams to reach 70 have been top 15 teams.
During the last 10 contests, Florida State is only giving up 56.9 points per game, compared to 66.0 in the first nine. Opponents are only shooting 34.9 percent from the field and 30.5 from three point range. The increase in missed shots has upped the Seminoles’ rebounding rate to 42.7 rebounds per game in their last 10.
The Hurricanes have been looking for a fresh start in the New Year as they have won three of their last six since a dismal stretch when they lost five of six. While most teams enjoy a home court advantage, that hasn’t been the case for Miami as it has just a 5-9 mark at the BankUnited Center. The Hurricanes have struggled at the free throw line, hitting just 60.8 percent this year, which rates 305th out of 326 schools. Junior guard Maurita Reid is Ms. Everything for the Hurricanes, leading them in scoring (16.7 ppg.) and rebounding (5.7 rpg.) while rating fourth in the country in her 3.8 steals per game.
FSU Hasn’t Rolled Out The ACC Welcome Wagon For Miami
The Seminoles have not been very hospitable to the Hurricanes since they joined the conference three years ago. Florida State has won five of the six meetings in the ACC and the last four. FSU has won the last four by an average of 12 points, thanks to a 25-point win, 79-54, in Miami on February 9, 2006. The Florida State-Miami game was an annual rivalry for nearly 20 years, but the two teams hadn’t play from 1991-92 until the Hurricanes joined the league in 2004-05.
Seminoles Have Been State Champs
Over the last two and half years, the Seminoles have been the queens of the Sunshine State. The 81-78 victory at Florida ran their unbeaten streak to 10 over in-state foes. FSU has not lost a game to an in-state opponent since a 62-72 loss at Florida on January 2, 2006.