Dec. 20, 2005
Following a 76-63 road win at FAU Saturday, the Florida State women’s basketball team will continue its road swing with a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, December 21 at Xavier in Cincinnati, Ohio. Both squads will enter the game 7-2. The game will be broadcast in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 and on www.seminoles.com.
“Xavier’s a really strong basketball team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They remind me a lot of our team last year with playing five players who stand 6-1 or under which adds to the versatility of their team. It’s going to make it difficult for us to defend with someone like Britany (Miller) in the middle who is not used to chasing smaller players around so we’ve got to develop a strong plan and execute it in a very difficult arena to play in.”
Five Seminoles scored in double figures in Saturday’s win at FAU. The Seminoles are now 1-1 on the road this season and including the Xavier game, play eight of their next 11 games on the road.
“We’re looking forward to a second game on this road trip,” Semrau said. “It has been really good for us to get some insight to who we are as a basketball team and spend some time together and also continue to work on the things that we’re going to need to be successful come January.”
Wednesday’s game will be the third meeting between Florida State and Xavier and the second consecutive season the two programs have met as the Seminoles took a 56-48 win over Xavier in Tallahassee in the 2004-05 season-opener. The series is tied at 1-1 with FSU’s loss occurring in Cincinnati. Xavier is the first of two straight Atlantic 10 teams the Seminoles will face this season as FSU heads to Fordham for a Dec. 28th meeting. Overall, FSU is 13-7 vs. current teams from the A-10, including four wins last season.
Since the 1980-81 season (since dates have been kept in the records), Florida State is 16-9 in the game right before Christmas, including 6-2 under Sue Semrau. The last time the Tribe lost the game right before Christmas was a 79-69 loss on Dec. 21, 2002 at Northern Arizona.