Jan. 1, 2007
After a 12-day break from action, the 10-3 Florida State women’s basketball team will host High Point (6-6) Tuesday, January 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in the first game of the New Year for both teams.
The 12 days is the longest period between games in a regular-season for the Seminoles in the Sue Semrau era. In Semrau’s first season, FSU had an 11-day break over the holidays.
“Ideally, I would never schedule a layoff this long,” Semrau said, “but with a cancellation of a tournament we were supposed to play in, this 12-day layoff was forced. Quite frankly, I think we’ve made the best of it with our ability to have more practice time. We’re excited about getting back on the court in a game situation Tuesday against High Point.”
Tuesday will be the first meeting between FSU and High Point, of the Big South Conference. FSU has faced three current members of the Big South and is 3-1 in those games.
The Seminoles have lost two straight games for the first time this season. FSU lost two straight just one time in 2005-06 and just one time in 2004-05. The last time a Florida State team has lost three or more straight games was in the 2003-04 season when the Seminoles dropped four straight ACC games between January 19th and February 1st.
For the first time this season and the second time in her career, Mara Freshour led the Seminoles in scoring with 15 points in the San Francisco loss. Freshour led FSU in scoring vs. UCF last season on December 4, 2005 with a career-high 16 points. In her career, Freshour has managed double figures six times, including three times already this season.
The Seminoles recorded zero blocks for the first time in a game this season when they failed to swat away any balls at San Francisco. Heading into the game at USF, FSU was averaging 5.8 blocks per game. Prior to the USF loss, the last time FSU didn’t have a block in a game was in the 70-57 win vs. Wake Forest on February 23, 2006. FSU had 94 blocks all of last season and already has 70 swats this season.
Nikki Anthony made her third start of the season when she was in the starting five at San Francisco and she responded with 12 points and seven rebounds. In her three starts this season, Anthony has averaged 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Overall, Anthony is averaging 5.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.