Dec. 6, 2001
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
(3-2, 0-0 ACC) VS
WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS
(3-3, 0-0 SOUTHERN CONF.)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2001, 2:00 P.M. EST
TALLAHASSEE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER (12,200)
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK
SUNSHINE TELEVISION NEWTORK
“I made a shot and my confidence went sky high. I wanted to ignite that flame for us.”
Florida State University
Dec. 4, 2001
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, which has won seven consecutive non-conference home games, plays host to Western Carolina in the second game of a two-game home stand at the Leon Country Civic Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Catamounts is their fourth of eight non-conference homes games this season. Florida State defeated Birmingham Southern, 78-62, Tuesday night to improve to 3-2. The Seminoles’ third victory came in their fifth game of the season. The team did not win its third game until its 11th game of the season against Binghamton last season.
FLORIDA STATE’S NON-CONFERENCE HOME STREAK
Florida State has won seven consecutive non-conference home games dating to Dec. 17, 2000. The Seminoles won their final four non-conference home games last season and have won their first three of the 2001-02 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO:
ANTHONY RICHARDSON – ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
ACC Rookie of the Year Candidate Anthony Richardson is ranked third on the team with a 9.8 points per game average and has scored in double figures in three of Florida State’s five games this season. He is averaging 10.0 points, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists in Florida State’s last two games. After a zero-for-three field goal shooting start against Florida, he is shooting 51.5 percent in the last four games. From 3-point range he is shooting 47.0 percent (eight-of-17) after a zero-for-three start from beyond the arc against the Gators. He had a career-high seven rebounds against Elon and career-high’s of four assists and three steals Tuesday.
SEMINOLES GETTING DEFENSIVE
Florida State has played stellar defense through the first five games of the season and is enjoying a strong statistical advantage over its opponents in numerous defensive categories. In addition to averaging nearly 42 rebounds per game, the Seminoles are averaging 5.0 blocks, 9.6 steals and are forcing 20.4 turnover per game. The Seminoles’ team statistics through the first five games of the 2001-02 season are markedly ahead of last years pace in just about every defensive category.
FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S GAME
Following Saturday’s game against Western Carolina, Florida State opens its ACC season as it travels to Wake Forest Dec. 16.