Jan. 7, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team will hit the road yet again on Thursday for its sixth road contest in the last seven games and third straight ACC road game. The Seminoles (7-6, 0-2) will face the Clemson Tigers (11-2, 1-1) in South Carolina on Thursday, January 8th at 7 p.m.
“I’ve just been really pleased with the morale of our team after having so much time on the road,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Clemson is going to be a tough team to beat on the road, but I think we are in a good place. The best thing about our road swing is that we haven’t been in school and that’s enabled them to free their minds some. I think the pressure would have even greater had we been in classes. Obviously starting three games in the ACC on the road is a very, very difficult task especially when one of those teams in the No. 1 ranked team in the country, but I like our position right now and we are going to go up and put up a great fight against a very good Clemson team.”
The Tigers are a perfect 5-0 at home this season and had won nine straight games before falling 72-47 at North Carolina on Sunday. Clemson has a 23-3 series advantage over Florida State, however, the Seminoles have won two straight over the Tigers with a sweep last season.
Florida State has two players from the state of South Carolina on its roster, however, neither will see action in the Clemson game. Junior LaQuinta Neely, who was lost for the season on Dec. 9th with a torn ACL, underwent surgery on January 6th and she won’t be traveling with the team. Freshman Nikki Anthony, who also plays volleyball for the Seminoles, will likely redshirt this season but she will be dressed out on the bench.
The Seminoles will return home to host Maryland on Monday, January 12th. In fact, following Clemson, four of FSU’s next five games will be played at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center, including the final three straight to close out the month of January.
“If we can come out with a win on the road at Clemson, than we are in a better position in late January and February when that comes back around our way,” Semrau said. “There is going to be a stretch in January when we have three straight home games and we are looking forward to that.”
GAME 14 Florida State (7-6, 0-2) at Clemson (11-2, 1-1) Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. Littlejohn Coliseum * Clemson, S.C. WFLA -AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 7-6, 0-1 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 84-101 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
CLEMSON TIGERS 2003-04 Record 11-2, 1-1 2002-03 Final Record 14-15 Head Coach Jim Davis/17th Season School Record 341-167 Career Record/Yrs. 360-175/18 Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until last season when the Seminoles swept the Tigers. Before 2002-03, FSU’s only 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. With the wins over Clemson last year, FSU has now beaten every league school at least once in the Sue Semrau era.
A CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with Clemson... In Tallahassee 2-10 In Clemson 1-11 Neutral 0-2 Biggest win by margin 13 pts 79-66 on Feb. 1, 1992 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin 54 pts 80-26 on Feb. 7, 1994 in Clemson
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Tigers match up: FSU PER GAME CU 73.4 points 72.7 .455 fg % .418 .344 3-pt fg % .294 .640 ft % .707 40.5 rebounds 42.7 13.6 assists 14.5 18.2 turnovers 16.2 9.5 steals 7.4 2.8 blocks 4.7