Jan. 1, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team will start the New Year with a contest at instate-rival Florida Monday, January 2nd at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Sun Sports. The Gators’ only blemish on their 11-1 record this season is the 82-76 loss to 9-3 Florida State back on November 23rd in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles concluded the year 2005 with a dominating 50-point victory over Lipscomb on Dec. 30th. The win ranks sixth on FSU’s all-time biggest wins by margin list. The last time FSU had a win by 50 or more points was on November 23, 2003 when the Tribe opened the season with a 107-28 (79) win over Savannah State. Prior to Friday’s victory, the last time FSU scored 90 points in regulation came in a win over Harvard on November 30, 2003. Junior Alicia Gladden became the second player to reach the 20-point mark when she scored 20 in the Lipscomb win. For the second straight game, FSU has held every player on the opposing team to single digit scoring and has averaged 17 steals per game in the last two contests.
“Against Lipscomb, we were able to sustain our defensive intensity and show some different looks which I thought was really important for our preparation for a much-improved Florida team since the time we saw them last,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said.
Monday’s contest will see FSU and Florida meet for the 66th time in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has faced the Gators more than any other team and has played UF at least one every season since FSU began keeping results in 1973-74. According to the FSU records, the series stands at 39-26 in UF’s favor. FSU’s 72-62 win in Gainesville last season snapped Florida’s 16-game winning streak over the Seminoles and FSU has now won two straight over the Gators. It was FSU’s first win over Florida since December 15, 1991 (90-78 OT). It was FSU’s first win in Gainesville since December 17, 1990 (79-78). Monday’s contest vs. Florida is the second of two meetings with the Gators this season. Prior to this season, the last time FSU and UF met twice in a season was 1997-98 in Sue Semrau’s first season as head coach of the Seminoles.
The Florida game will be just the fifth road game for the Seminoles but will begin a stretch in which the team plays six of its next eight games on the road, including its first two ACC games.
“Even with Fordham and Lipscomb, we’ve been talking about taking it one game at a time,” Semrau said. “We’ve got a stretch here now that we really need to lock in to every single game with preparation. I just like the mentality of our team right now and I like the demeanor.”
The Florida game can also be heard on radio in the Tallahassee area on WFLA AM 1270 or by accessing www.seminoles.com.