Feb. 15, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team (12-11, 5-7) will be looking to rebound from its loss at Maryland when the Seminoles host Wake Forest (10-13, 3-9) on Monday, February 16th at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally, including on Sunshine Network in the state of Florida.
The Seminoles will be looking for their second ACC sweep of the season when they face Wake. The Tribe defeated the Demon Deacons, 81-73, on Jan. 15th. FSU has now won four straight games over Wake Forest but the victories have been by just 4.8 ppg. FSU head coach Sue Semrau is 9-4 vs. Wake Forest. In her first season, she led FSU to a sweep of the Deacons. She did it again last year, but it wasn’t easy. The last time FSU and Wake Forest met in Tallahassee, the game went into triple overtime with the Seminoles coming away with a 62-60 win.
Since FSU and Wake Forest met in mid-January, both teams have gone 2-5. The Demon Deacons won their two games by an average of 2.0 points per game while Florida State has won by an average of 10.5 points per game. Wake is currently on a four-game losing streak and has not won in the month of February. The Seminoles are winners of two of their last three and are 2-2 in February with both victories coming at home.
GAME 24 Florida State (12-11, 5-7) vs. Wake Forest (10-13, 3-9) Monday, Feb. 16, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com * Regional Sports Network
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 12-11, 5-7 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 89-106 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS 2003-04 Record 10-13, 3-9 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 13-15 Head Coach Charlene Curtis/7th Season School Record 65-125 Career Record/Yrs. 227-275/18 Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Wake Forest leads the all-time series with Florida State 14-13, but the Seminoles have won four straight over the Demon Deacons. The series began in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC. Sue Semrau is 9-4 vs. Wake Forest. In her first season, she led the Seminoles to a sweep of the Deacons. She did it again last year, but it wasn’t easy. The last time FSU and Wake Forest met in Tallahassee, the game went into triple overtime with the Seminoles coming away with a 62-60 win.
A CLOSER LOOK Here's a closer look at the series with Wake Forest... In Winston Salem 5-8 In Tallahassee 8-4 Neutral: 0-2 Biggest win by margin 29 pts 76-47 on Feb. 3, 2000 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin 17 pts 88-71 on Jan. 20, 1996 in Tallahassee
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Demon Deacons match up: FSU PER GAME WF 72.3 points 66.2 .451 fg % .412 .283 3-pt fg % .337 .661 ft % .658 39.0 rebounds 34.7 13.6 assists 14.2 17.8 turnovers 18.9 9.5 steals 10.0 2.9 blocks 2.0
Senior Lauren Bradley, who is having the best season of her career, turned in a career performance at Maryland. The Lake Mary, Fla., native recorded career highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds to earn her first career double-double. She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. She played 33 minutes before fouling out of the game with 13 seconds left.
FSU shot 83 percent from the free throw line (19-23) at Maryland – the Tribe’s second best outing from the charity stripe this season. FSU is shooting 66 percent from the free throw line on the season and has shot 70 percent or better in eight games. The Tribe is shooting slightly better in ACC action at 68 percent.
FSU hit four three-pointers at Maryland. It was the most threes the team has recorded since winning at Wake on January 15th. The Seminoles have hit four or more threes in a game just eight times this season, including three times in ACC play. FSU’s six treys at Georgia Tech in the ACC opener is the club’s season-best. Overall, the Tribe has 64 three-pointers, its lowest output since recording 63 in 1998-99. FSU’s opponents have more than doubled the Tribe’s output from three-point range this season at 133.
Maryland outrebounded FSU by 12 boards which is the most any opponent has bettered the Seminoles this season. FSU has been outrebounded in five ACC games this season and seven games overall. Florida State’s best showing vs. an ACC opponent this season was against Wake Forest when the Seminoles bettered the Demon Deacons by 12 boards, 42-30.
FSU had a season-high 29 fouls called against them at Maryland while the Terps were called for just 17 fouls for the game. FSU’s previous high this season was 23 in three different games. The Seminoles have been called for more fouls than their opponents in the last six games.
IN THE LAST WAKE GAME:
* FREE, BUT GEE!
Wake Forest committed 32 fouls against Florida State and sent the Seminoles to the free throw line 46 times (43 in the second half) – just three shy of FSU’s field goal attempts for the game (49). It ranks as the third-most free throw attempts in FSU history and the most since the 51 attempts vs. Georgia Tech in a triple overtime win on January 31, 1996. The 31 made free throws is the most free throws FSU has made in the Sue Semrau era and the most since that same Georgia Tech game. Prior to the Wake Forest game, the most free throws FSU had attempted this season was 31!
* OKAY WITH T
Tasheika Allen enjoyed the fouling strategy of Wake Forest as she went a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the win. Opponents really should think twice before fouling Allen. Although Lauren Bradley is leading the team at 83 percent from the free throw line, Allen has been pretty hot from the line. In the past nine games, Allen is shooting a team-leading 84 percent (32-38) from the line.
* BREAK THROUGH
After scoring 15 points five times in her career, including twice this season, Lauren Bradley finally broke through to set a new career-high with 16 points in the win at Wake Forest. The senior also tied her career-high with seven field goals, nine rebounds and three blocks in the game.
FSU has had four double-doubles this season
by four different players.
Genesis Choice - 18 pts, 11 rbs vs. Troy State (2nd)
Shante Williams - 14 pts, 10 rbs at Clemson (1st)
Trinetta Moore - 13 pts, 11 rbs vs. Clemson (3rd)
Lauren Bradley - 18 pts, 10 rbs at Maryland (1st)