Nov. 19, 2001
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Just sit right back and you’ll read a tale, a tale of a fateful day… That’s right, the day started out with a three-hour boat tour for the Florida State women’s basketball team. The Seminoles had the opportunity to snorkel or just enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as see, from afar, such places as St. John’s and the British Virgin Islands while listening to sounds of “Pirate” radio.
Monday was the in-between competition day for the Seminoles, but that didn’t mean that business wasn’t conducted. The Seminoles had the choice of attending study hall during a morning or afternoon session and concluded the day by watching game film followed by an evening practice. The between time was spent shopping in town, relaxing on the beach or by the pool or in some cases, catching up on some sleep. Head Coach Sue Semrau designed the day to give the Seminoles a chance to unwind after a successful season-opener in which FSU downed Saint Mary’s, 78-57, on Sunday.
“I think they appreciated the time to do some things on their own whether it be to go out and see the Atlantic Ocean and snorkel, go into town and see the culture or just have some time to relax,” Semrau said. “With a long road trip like this, I think we needed some time to separate for awhile, do our own thing and then come back together and I was very pleased with the way that they responded at practice tonight. We’ve just got some seniors who are very serious about what they’re doing and they are taking people with them.”
Senior Petra Hofmann opted to attend the morning study hall session and then spent time on the beach and went shopping.
“Today we got our rest basically,” Hofmann said. “They (the coaches) let us do whatever we wanted to do and for most of us, it helped us relax and get excited about the next game. I think it was good that they gave us this time, but now we’re back and it’s time to think basketball again.”
The evening practice was a very spirited workout as the Seminoles refocused on the task at hand … beating Dayton on Tuesday in the final game of the Paradise Jam Tournament. The Flyers went 16-13 in 2000-01 and are 0-2 this season with losses to Cincinnati (70-58) and Saint Mary’s (73-65). Despite Dayton’s slow start, the Flyers return an experienced squad including 10 letterwinners and four starters.
“One of the things I talked to the team about at practice was how I’ve been very impressed with the way they’ve been able to have fun and then quickly get their mind back on their business, ” Semrau said. “It’s going to be critical tomorrow as we take on a very scrappy and tenacious Dayton team that I was very impressed with today (in the Saint Mary’s game). I think it will be another very good test to see where this team is and again how far we can go.”
Florida State will hold one more workout before Tuesday’s contest with a morning shoot-around and then the Seminoles will meet the Flyers at 4 p.m.