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Seminoles Head To Clemson For Thursday Night Match Up

Jan. 11, 2005

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The Florida State women’s basketball team will travel to Clemson, S.C., for a 7 p.m tilt with Clemson on Thursday, January 13th in the Seminoles’ first ACC road test of the season. The 14-2 Seminoles improved to 1-1 in league play with a 65-56 win over Miami Sunday. The Clemson Tigers (7-6, 1-0 ACC) are fresh off their 78-65 win over NC State and will enter the game with an impressive 5-2 record at home.

“We’re just really excited about the fact that conference play has started,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’re a team that just has really overcome a lot of different barriers throughout the course of the last year. It has been really fun to watch them step out with a lot of courage and a lot of unity to get some things done but we are no means anywhere close to where we want to be yet. We’ve got a lot of improvement. We are starting to get a little bit more productivity out of our post players and getting LaQuinta Neely back from an injury will really be a big step for the depth of our team which we are really going to need.”

Three Seminoles tallied double figures in the Miami win but it was redshirt freshman Nikki Anthony who came into her own. The Pickens, S.C. native scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and was dominant inside for the Tribe. Roneeka Hodges scored in double figures for the 14th straight game with a team-high 17 points while Alicia Gladden chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven steals.

Clemson is led by Reggie Maddox’s 10.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. The Tigers average 65.5 points per game and 45.7 rebounds per contest.

“(Clemson coach) Jim (Davis) is such a great coach and he just had a lot of young kids, new players who just had to understand his system,” Semrau said. “You just knew that by this time of year, he was going to have his team ready to beat anybody. I just respect so much what he does, just the job that he does. It’s always a tough place to go and play there at Clemson and I know it’s going to be a tough, tough battle for anybody to go in there this year.”

Thursday’s game will be the 29th meeting between Florida State and Clemson. FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until 2002-03. Now the Tribe has won four straight over the Tigers. The series stands at 23-5 in Clemson’s favor. FSU’s first 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.

The game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 and by accessing www.seminoles.com.

ACC ROAD TEST
SEMINOLES (14-2, 1-1) at Clemson (7-6, 1-0)
January 13, 2005 • Littlejohn Coliseum • Clemson, S.C.
WFLA -AM 1270 • seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jenny Roulier

THE STORY LINE
• GENERALLY-SPEAKING…
FSU earned its first ACC victory with a come-from-behind win over rival Miami. Three Seminoles tallied double figures but it was redshirt freshman Nikki Anthony who came into her own. The Pickens, S.C. native scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and was dominant inside for the Tribe. Roneeka Hodges scored in double figures for the 14th straight game with a team-high 17 points while Alicia Gladden chipped in 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven steals.

• THE SERIES… Thursday’s game will be the 29th meeting between Florida State and Clemson. FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until 2002-03. Now the Tribe has won four straight over the Tigers. The series stands at 23-5 in Clemson’s favor. FSU’s first 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.

2004-05 Record	14-2, 1-1 ACC
2003-04 Final Record	15-15
Head Coach	Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record	106-112
Career Record	Same
Starters Returning/Lost	2*/3
Conference	Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee

2004-05 Record 7-6, 1-0 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 17-12 Head Coach Jim Davis/18th Season School Record 354-183 Career Record 373-191/19th Season Starters Returning/Lost 2/3 Conference Atlantic Coast

JUST ONE WIN AWAY
Florida State is just one win away from tying last year’s win total of 15. In fact, with 14 victories, FSU already has more wins this season than in nine of the last 12 seasons, including four seasons under the direction of head coach Sue Semrau.

LOOK FOR THE WHOLE CITY OF PICKENS…
When FSU and Clemson meet on Thursday, it will feel a little bit like home for a couple of Seminoles. Junior LaQuinta Neely (Laurens) and redshirt freshman Nikki Anthony (Pickens) both hail from the state of South Carolina. When FSU played at Clemson is volleyball this season, Anthony had between 150-200 people in the stands to support her and the Seminoles!

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Seminoles have enjoyed three straight home but have obviously fared well on the road this season with a 6-1 record away from Tallahassee, including a 2-1 mark on opponent’s home courts. In ACC action last year, FSU went 3-5 on the road. Overall, FSU is 62-148 in ACC play and 25-79 in ACC road games. In the previous 13 seasons, the Seminoles are 4-9 in their first ACC road game of the season.

FSU SINCE JOINING THE ACC
YEAR	ACC (seed)	OVERALL	HOME	AWAY
1991-92 8-8 (5th)	17-11	4-4	4-4
1992-93	6-10 (7th)	13-14	5-3	3-5
1993-94	3-13 (9th)	6-21	2-6	1-7
1994-95	3-13 (8th)	8-22	0-8	3-5
1995-96	2-14 (9th)	8-20	2-6	0-8
1996-97	0-16 (9th)	5-22	0-8	0-8
1997-98	5-11 (7th)	9-18	3-5	2-6
1998-99	2-14 (9th)	7-20	2-6	0-8
1999-00	4-12 (8th)	12-17  	3-5	1-7
2000-01	9-7 (4th)	19-12	5-3	4-4
2001-02	4-12 (9th)	13-15	3-5	1-7
2002-03	8-8 (4th)	17-13	5-3	3-5
2003-04	7-9 (5th)	15-15	4-4	3-5
2004-05	1-1             14-2    1-1     0-0
TOTALS	62-148                 39-67   25-79

FSU'S RPI According to collegeRPI.com, FSU's RPI of 28 ranks 5th best in the ACC. Take a look: ACC Standings School W L Pct W L Pct W L Pct RPI Rank Virginia 2 0 1.000 12 3 0.800 12 3 0.800 0.6273 26 Duke 1 0 1.000 15 1 0.938 15 1 0.938 0.6887 5 Clemson 1 0 1.000 7 6 0.538 7 6 0.538 0.5207 121 Fla St 1 1 0.500 14 2 0.875 14 2 0.875 0.6262 28 Maryland 1 1 0.500 11 2 0.846 11 2 0.846 0.6386 23 NC State 1 1 0.500 12 3 0.800 12 3 0.800 0.5960 52 Va Tech 1 1 0.500 11 3 0.786 11 3 0.786 0.6541 13 Ga Tech 1 1 0.500 10 3 0.769 10 3 0.769 0.6239 32 UNC 0 1 0.000 12 2 0.857 12 2 0.857 0.5686 70 Miami 0 1 0.000 8 6 0.571 8 6 0.571 0.5738 65 Wake 0 2 0.000 11 4 0.733 11 4 0.733 0.5542 82

CONFERENCE RPI BY COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL NEWS 1 Big Ten .6148 2 Atlantic Coast .6065 3 Southeastern .6003 4 Pacific 10 .5916 5 Big 12 .5891 6 Big East .5757 7 Western Athletic .5548 8 Conference USA .5328 9 Atlantic 10 .5289 10 Mountain West .5168

STILL ONE OF BEST STARTS
When FSU went 12-0 to start the season, it was the first time that a Seminole team opened a season with 12 straight wins. It was also the first time in program history that a Seminole team won 12 straight games. Now, with a record of 14-2, the Tribe is still off to one of the program’s best starts. Only three other FSU teams have had as much success in the early part of the season:

Year	First 16 games	Final Record
1981-82	15-1	finished 29-10
1982-83	15-1	finished 24-6
1990-91	14-2	finished 25-7
2004-05	14-2	??????
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