June 4, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Seminole women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced that Roneeka Hodges, a 5-11 guard from New Orleans, La., has transferred to Florida State from Louisiana State. After sitting out the 2003-04 season, Hodges will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“Roneeka comes from a highly-respected program at LSU and will have no trouble learning our system,” Semrau said. “In addition to her outstanding achievements on the court, we are anticipating that her leadership skills will impact an already strong class. We are very happy to have her joining our Seminole family.”
A three-year letterwinner at LSU, Hodges played in 94 games, including 37 starts, and averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Last season, Hodges saw action in all 34 games as the sixth player for the Tigers. She had five double figure scoring games, including a season high 16 points against Southwest Texas in the first-round game of the NCAA Tournament in Eugene, Ore. She dished out a career-high eight assists against Ohio in the opening game of the WOMENSCOLLEGEHOOPS.com Classic. Hodges ranks ninth in career three-point field goals attempted with 94 and her 71 assists were fourth most on the team. She also led the team in scoring in one game and in rebounding in two games.
As a sophomore, Hodges played in 30 games, starting 27 and despite playing in pain with injuries, she went on to average 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She recorded three double-doubles on the season and scored a career-high 21 points at Mississippi. She grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against Louisiana-Lafayette and led the team in rebounding in seven games. Overall, Hodges scored in double figures 13 times in 2001-02, including a span of five straight games.
Hodges made an immediate impact as a freshman as she moved into the starting line up in just her fourth career game. A 2001 Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by WOMENSCOLLEGEHOOPS.com, Hodges started nine consecutive contests before being sidelined with the beginnings of a stress fracture in her foot and played the role of sixth man the rest of the season. She recorded a team-high three double-doubles on the year. Overall, she scored in double figures in 12 games, including a team-high three doubles-doubles on the year. A foot injury limited her production in the second half of the season.
Hodges played forward at O.P. Walker High School in New Orleans, La., for coach Vernon Riley. She earned AAU All-America honors, was named district and West Bank Most Valuable Player and she was voted to the All-Metro New Orleans team. She averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game in her senior season.
The daughter of Ronald and Donna Hodges, Roneeka has a twin sister Doneeka, who will be a senior on the LSU basketball team. Her other siblings are Ronald (17), Donald (16) and Magic (14). She will be majoring in Social Sciences at Florida State.
Hodges joins an already highly-touted recruiting class including Dorian Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.), Alicia Gladden (Orange Park, Fla.), Nikki Anthony (Pickens, S.C.) and Ronalda Pierce (Asburn, Ga.). Florida State will return 11 letterwinners, including four starters from its 2002-03 squad that finished the year 17-13 and participated in its second postseason tournament in the past three years.