Dec. 14, 2005
After eight games in a 19-day span to open the season, the Florida State women’s basketball team (6-2) took a break from action for final exams and will now head to FAU (3-4) for a 7 p.m. contest with the Lady Owls on Saturday, December 17th. It will be the Seminoles’ first game back after an 11-day break and it will also be the first of two straight road games the team will play before Christmas.
“Anytime you go and play a team from the state, you’re always looking for a tough battle,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Florida Atlantic is a team that we played last year, so we’re familiar with them in some ways but they are a team that I’ve never played down there. Then we go up to Xavier, a very good basketball. It was a close game last year and now we have them on the road on the 21st. We’re all very excited about that.”
Saturday’s game will be the ninth meeting between Florida State and Florida Atlantic and the second consecutive season the two programs have met as the Seminoles took a 65-40 win over FAU in Tallahassee on December 15, 2004. FSU has a 6-2 advantage in the series, including four straight wins. FAU will be the third of four instate opponents the Seminoles will face this season. FSU is already 2-0 this season vs. Florida schools with wins over Florida and UCF.
“We’ve been spending time on the defensive end of the floor this week because we feel like that’s something we need to continue to be great at,” Semrau said. “Defense and rebounding is what we’re all about and we’ve spent a lot of time making sure we’re really solid there.”
The Seminoles will be playing nine of their next 12 games on the road. The Seminoles will head to Cincinnati straight from Boca Raton for their Dec. 21st match-up with the Lady Musketeers and will not be in Tallahassee again until December 29th. The team will reconvene in New York City on Dec. 26th to take on Fordham (Dec. 28) before returning home to host Lipscomb on December 30th.
“Our veterans are going to be huge during this time,” Semrau said. “Quint Neely has shown that she’s really playing big right now at a time where we really need her to step up. Holly’s (Johnson) been a great leader for us and I think Ganiyat (Adeduntan) is finally getting back to form after being out during preseason with a sprained ankle. Their experience is going to be really big for us as we hit this stretch.”
FSU is looking for its first road victory of the season having fallen at Tulsa on Dec. 6th.
“On the road, not only do you deal with the adversities on the court but you get a chance to room together and get to know each other and all of those things are important,” Semrau said. “We’ve established a base of that and now it’s time to jump into the fire.”