Nov. 3, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau and her
Seminoles conducted their final practice Friday afternoon before they host
Premier Players in exhibition action on Saturday, November 4th at 1 p.m. at
the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
“The players went extremely hard today,” Semrau said. “It wasn’t a
typical day-before-game practice. I think we really pushed them hard with
the scout team today and I am seeing a lot of good things, but at the same
time, we are pretty banged up. We won’t be as healthy as we will be by the
end of November, so we’ll see.”
The Premier Players team consists of 10 former collegiate athletes,
many who are current WNBA players, from schools including familiar programs
such as North Carolina, Florida and Maryland as well as other college teams
from around the nation. Premier Players defeated the University of South
Florida, 58-47, on November 1st and play Auburn Friday night before heading
to Tallahassee on Saturday. In the game at USF, E.C. Hill, a 5-7 guard who
currently plays for the L.A. Sparks, led all scorers with 15 points. Center
Jennifer Crouse, a 2000 graduate of North Dakota, added 10 points and a
game-high 10 rebounds. Hill played at Northern Illinois when Semrau was an
assistant coach there.
“Obviously this team has a lot of talented players who will really
challenge us individually and especially defensively,” Semrau said. “It
will be fun to see E.C. playing again. She asked me if I’d watch her game
and tell her what I thought, as if I don’t have other things to do! She’s
explosive. She can score in transition. She can shoot it from the
outside. We are going to challenge her as much as we can. She’s so much
wiser than when I got to coach her and I’m really proud of her and the way
she’s taken her game to a new level.”
Florida State returns 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad and
will be led by senior co-captain Brooke Wyckoff who averaged 10.8 points
and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. Having practiced for just three
weeks, the starting lineup is not yet set in stone.
“We don’t have nearly the depth that we anticipated to start the
season,” Semrau said. “You’ll see different players running in and out at
different positions. This game will be most important to see where we are.
We’ve watched ourselves against each other and now to have the opportunity
to play a high-quality women’s team that’s American is really beneficial.
I think it will be a real challenge for us early. I am just hoping to see
where are weaknesses are and what we need to improve on.”