Jan. 22, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team (10-7, 3-3) will continue its three-game home stand on Friday, January 23rd when the Seminoles welcome the Virginia Cavaliers (8-8, 2-3) to the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center for a 7 p.m. contest. Both teams have won three of their last four games but are coming off home losses. The Cavaliers fell 63-52 to No. 1 Duke on Sunday. The Seminoles suffered a 79-64 loss to NC State on Monday. So, as with every game this time of year, this is a pivotal contest for both squads.
“Virginia is a team that has faced a lot of adversity and has come out stronger because of it,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Every game is important for us, especially as we get this far into the ACC season.”
Friday night’s contest will be the 28th meeting between Florida State and Virginia. The Cavs lead the series 24-3. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Seminoles have now won three vs. the Cavaliers in the last three years, including two games in Tallahassee. The last seven games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 6.4 points per game. FSU is averaging 73.5 points per game while UVA is averaging 64.6 points per game.
The game will be televised on Sunshine Network and can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA Sports Radio AM 1270 as well as on www.seminoles.com.
GAME 18 Florida State (10-7, 3-3) vs. Virginia (8-8, 2-3) Friday, Jan. 23, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Sunshine Network WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 10-7, 3-3 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 87-102 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 2003-04 Record 8-8, 2-3 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-14 Head Coach Debbie Ryan/27th Season School Record 586-232 Career Record/Yrs. Same Starters Returning/Lost 5/0
Tonight’s contest will be the 28th meeting between Florida State and Virginia. The Cavs lead the series 24-3. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Seminoles have now won three vs. the Cavaliers in the last three years. The last seven games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 6.4 points per game.
A CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with Virginia... First meeting: Dec. 8, 1990, UVA won 92-77 Last meeting: Feb. 23, 2003, UVA won 63-54 in Charlottesville In Tallahassee: 2-10 In Charlottesville: 0-13 Neutral: 1-1 Biggest win by margin: 9 pts. 55-46, January 23, 2003 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin: 41 pts. 91-58, Jan. 16, 1996 in Charlottesville 81-40, Feb. 16, 1996 in Tallahassee
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Cavaliers match up: FSU PER GAME UVA 73.5 points 64.6 .453 fg % .411 .321 3-pt fg % .320 .654 ft % .677 39.9 rebounds 36.4 13.8 assists 14.6 17.8 turnovers 18.1 10.0 steals 8.8 2.9 blocks 3.4
ACC HONORS ALLEN
Tasheika Allen has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, league officials announced Monday,Jan. 19th. Allen had an amazing week, averaging 23.0 points and 4.5 rebounds to guide FSU’s to two wins last previous week. The guard shot 59 percent (13-22) from the field, 60 percent (6-10) from three point range and 93 percent (14-15) from the free throw line. Allen becomes the second Seminole to earn ACC honors in as many weeks. Last week, freshman guard Shante Williams earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week accolades.
In FSU’s last three games, its opponent has hit at least eight three-pointers. Maryland was 8-for-23, Wake Forest was 10-for-23 and NC State was 9-for-15. The Seminoles have gone 9-for-27 in that stretch. Overall, eight foes this season have made seven or more three-pointers vs. the Seminoles.
SHOT THE LIGHTS OUT
NC State shot an amazing 79 percent from the field in the second half vs. FSU and outscored the Seminoles 53-35. No other team this season has scored more than 44 points vs. the Noles in the second half and no other team has outscored them by such a margin in the final 20 minutes.
IN TWO OF THREE
In two of FSU’s three ACC losses, the Tribe has led at halftime. Against Georgia Tech, FSU led 29-27 while vs. NC State, the Seminoles led 29-26 at the break. FSU has won one of three games this season when the Seminoles have scored under 30 points in the first half.
TRINETTA TOOK OVER
The starting five went 12-for-44 from the field vs. NC State, but Trinetta Moore had a solid outing, going 8-for-10 and tying her season-high with 18 points.
Despite a poor shooting performance (4-for-11 for 36 percent), well below her season-average of 50 percent, Lauren Bradley still managed double digits for the third time in the last four games with 10 points vs. NC State and led the team in rebounding for the second straight game with eight boards. In the last four games, she is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game – well above her season-averages of 8.6 ppg and 4.0 rpg.