Nov. 25, 2005
Classic Schedule Saturday, November 26 12 p.m. Florida State vs. Western Carolina 2 p.m. Montana vs. Wright State Sunday, November 27 Consolation Game 1 p.m. - Championship Game 3 p.m.
The Seminole women’s basketball team (2-1) will host the 9th annual Seminole Classic this weekend with teams from the Southern Conference, Horizon League and Big Sky Conference.
“We like the opportunity to play in in-season tournaments because once you get to the ACC Tournament, you’re going to play back-to-back games so I think it’s important to give your kids that experience of what that’s going to feel like,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “For us, early in the year, it gives us a chance to play multiple games on a weekend where we want to get that kind of game experience.”
The Seminoles didn’t win this tournament until 2000 but have now won five straight Seminole Classics. FSU will face Western Carolina (0-2), a 2005 NCAA Tournament team, at Noon on Saturday while another 2005 NCAA Tournament team, Montana (2-0), will face Wright State (1-1) at 2 p.m. The consolation game of the Classic will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by the championship game at 3 p.m. All four games will be played at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“Western Carolina was an NCAA Tournament team last year and we host them in the first round,” Semrau said. “With Montana in the tournament, obviously we’d love another match up with them since they were the team that broke our winning streak last year. They are a very good basketball team. It will be a great tournament.”
FSU has a 1-0 series advantage over the Catamounts of Western Carolina having defeated them back in 1998. Western Carolina is one of two Southern Conference teams on FSU’s schedule this season. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Southern 82-57 in the season-opener. FSU is 9-11 all-time vs. current Southern Conference schools.
It’s been rivalry week for many Florida State sports this week and the Seminole women’s basketball team got a crack at the Gators Wednesday night and for the second straight season, FSU came away with a victory. Led by senior Ganiyat Adeduntan’s 20 points, the Seminoles rallied back from a second half 11-point deficit to take the 82-76 win.
Florida State outrebounded Florida 35-30 thanks to a strong second half effort. The Gators had a 20-12 rebounding advantage at the half but the Seminoles had a stretch during the final 20 minutes of the game where they outrebounded UF 15-3. Freshman Britany Miller had another solid outing with 12 points, a game-high eight rebounds and three blocks. Junior Alicia Gladden added 11 points and six rebounds. Senior Holly Johnson had nine points and a team-high five assists. FSU also got a lift off the bench from freshman Tanae Davis-Cain’s eight points and sophomores Shante Williams and Christie Lautsch, who had eight and seven points, respectively.