Jan. 17, 2007
The Florida State women’s basketball team has won four straight games, including a program-best 3-0 start in ACC play, and the 14-3 Seminoles hope to continue the trend when they meet 9-9 Clemson in South Carolina Thursday at 7 p.m. The game, which is the second of three straight road games for the Seminoles, will be televised on CSS and can be heard live in Tallahassee on WNLS AM 1270.
“I think we’re prepared to be on the road like we are now,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Our preseason and the rigorous road schedule we had prepared us. This isn’t new and I don’t really think twice about it with our team and that gives me a lot of confidence going into another ACC road game.”
Semrau earned her 150th career victory as the Seminoles improved to 14-3 overall and 3-0 in ACC play — the program’s best start in the league – with a 70-60 win at Virginia Tech Monday.
While the series between FSU and Clemson stands at 23-9 in the Tigers’ favor, the Seminoles have won eight straight games over Clemson, including a thrilling 80-72 overtime road win over the Tigers last year. FSU’s first win vs. Clemson was back in the Seminoles’ first season in the ACC. FSU won that game 79-66 in Tallahassee on February 1, 1992. The two teams first met in the 1980-81 season – a 78-59 Tiger win at the MUW Christmas Tournament in Columbus, Mississippi. The series was renewed when FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92.
“Clemson is a team that is making the most of their personnel,” Semrau said. “They’re smaller and as a result they’re getting out quickly in transition and we are going to have to play our best transition defensive game to this date. They’re a much improved basketball team and it’s going to be a tough game. Last year, they took us to overtime there, it’s a tough place to play. We have some things to counter their weaknesses and so we have to use our strengths to overcome their strengths.”
A win at Clemson will give the Seminoles their 15th win of the season which will mean that Semrau has led FSU to 15 or more wins in five straight seasons and six out of the last seven.
The Seminoles shot 50 percent in the win at Virginia Tech marking the fifth time this season that FSU has shot 50 percent or better in a game and the first time since the UCF game on December 9th. FSU has enjoyed balanced scoring in its three ACC games this season with four or more players scoring in double figures in each game.