March 3, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team (23-6, 9-5 ACC) will take its fourth-place league finish to Greensboro, N.C. where the Seminoles will face No. 5 seed Virginia Saturday, March 5th at 2 p.m. The game will be televised regionally, including Sun Sports in the state of Florida. The 19-9 Cavaliers (8-6 ACC) took a 77-62 victory over the Seminoles in the only meeting between the two schools this season.
“Our team is excited about a rematch with Virginia,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We didn’t feel like we played our best game – at all – and watching it again on film, we had a lot of unforced turnovers and we weren’t a very good screening team at that time. We definitely weren’t a very good rebounding team at that time.”
In the regular-season meeting between the two teams, UVA made more free throws and more three-pointers than the Seminoles in the Cavaliers’ win. It was the only time all season that an opponent has made more free throws and more three-pointers than FSU in the same game.
UVA also outrebounded the Tribe by 17 – the most by an opponent this season. It also marked the second time in ACC play that the Seminoles, who don’t start a player over 6-1, were outrebounded by double digits (by 12 in the first Georgia Tech game was the other) and both times were losses. FSU has been outrebounded by double digits in four games overall, but not since that UVA game, and is 1-3 in those contests. In the win over Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale, the Seminoles outrebounded the Yellow Jackets, 36-33.
“The week off that we had prior to Georgia Tech where we really locked in on the rebounding end of things, I hope that’s a carry over again into this weekend,” Semrau said. “We’ve been really concentrating on that in practice because it’s such a big part of what we need to do to be successful especially as an undersized team. We were successful against Georgia Tech in that way because of the effort that was put in on their (the players) part. Georgia Tech is a very good rebounding team. If they are going to be beat people it’s going to be on the offensive boards and at the free throw line. Virginia’s not going to beat you on the free throw line necessarily, but they’re going to beat you by going to the glass and they did that against us the first time, sometimes getting even four opportunities at the bucket.”
This season is the third time FSU has earned the No. 4 seed. The other seasons were 2000-01 and 2002-03. FSU and UVA have met twice before in the ACC Tournament. In 1996, after beating Georgia Tech 64-51 in the play-in game, the Seminoles suffered their worst ACC Tournament loss (33 points) in a 83-50 loss to No. 1 seeded Virginia. In 2001, No. 4 FSU got the best of No. 5 UVA by a score of 83-77. That was FSU’s last win in ACC tournament play.
“It is very evident that this team is very hungry to stick around awhile (in the ACC tourney),” Semrau said. “I told them that the last time we won a first round game was against Virginia and they thought that was kind of cool. At the same time, they’re in a situation now where they can just go out and play and they are very hungry for that first game.”