Feb. 11, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Coming off two big home wins, the Florida State women’s basketball team (12-10, 5-6) will travel to College Park, Maryland on Thursday, February 12th for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Maryland Terrapins (4-8, 6-5), winners of two their last three. The Seminoles will play three of their final five regular-season games on the road.
“We like the road,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We had a lot of road games early and we got used to it. I think we just focus really well on the road. We’ve spent some good time preparing and getting rested because we need to be rested going on the road. ”
Although FSU topped Maryland in Tallahassee back in January, the Terrapins are ahead of the Seminoles in the ACC standings at 3rd place in the league. Maryland has been solid at home this season, going 11-2, including a 5-1 mark in ACC games. FSU has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two clubs. Once again, the Seminoles will be looking to their posts to lead the way.
“Without Genesis (Choice), we’ve been playing a little shorthanded in the post and when Trinetta (Moore) and Lauren (Bradley) get fouls early, then Ronalda (Pierce) and Hannah (Linquist) have been really stepping up big,” Semrau said. “I think it is going to be really key for us to continue the post dominance that we have had. We have really been doing a good job of using our post game and I think that has been the difference for us.”
Since FSU’s 82-77 win over Maryland on Jan. 12th, both teams have gone 3-4. FSU has lost its four games, including three at home, by an average of 8.5 points per game while the Terps have fallen by an average of 18.0 ppg. On the flip side, the Tribe’s wins have been by 9.7 points per game while Maryland has won by 11.3 points per game.
“I have felt different about this team since that week off (following FSU’s three straight home losses),” Semrau said. “It’s not because of what we did against Clemson or what we did against Duke, there’s just a different focus. I went into the locker room after we beat Duke and said that this win doesn’t mean anything unless we back it up with a win on Sunday and every kid’s eyes were wide and saying yes. They want it and that’s the difference when they take responsibility.”
GAME 23 Florida State (12-10, 5-6) at Maryland (14-8, 6-5) Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. Comcast Center * College Park, Maryland WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 12-10, 5-6 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 89-105 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
MARYLAND TERRAPINS 2003-04 Record 14-8, 6-5 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 10-18 Head Coach Brenda Frese/2nd Season School Record 24-26 Career Record/Yrs. 81-56/5th Starters Returning/Lost 2/3
Maryland has a 17-11 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won seven of the last nine meetings with the Terrapins. The series began in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s first season in the ACC. Overall, FSU is 7-6 vs. Maryland in games played in Tallahassee but just 3-9 in College Park. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 9-5 vs. Maryland.
A CLOSER LOOK In Tallahassee 7-6 In College Park 3-9 Neutral 1-2 Biggest win by margin 31 pts 69-38, January 10, 2001 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin 42 pts 81-39, January 28, 1994 in College Park
SEMRAU VS. MARYLAND
Head Coach Sue Semrau is 9-5 vs. Maryland since her arrival in 1997-98. In the nine wins, the Seminoles have won by an average of 10.6 points per game. Four of the five losses have been in games played in College Park.
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Terrapins match up:
FSU PER GAME MD 72.5 points .68.7 .456 fg % .420 .284 3-pt fg % .393 .653 ft % .724 39.1 rebounds 38.2 13.6 assists 14.7 18.0 turnovers 19.1 9.7 steals 9.4 2.9 blocks 3.3
SWEEP `EM UP
For the second straight season, FSU has recorded a sweep of Clemson. The Tigers had won 21 straight, and 23 of 24, over FSU before the Tribe turned the tables last season.
While FSU now has five victories all-time over Clemson, the last win was the Tribe’s biggest, by margin, that is. FSU’s 15-point win surpassed its previous best of 13 points in the 79-66 victory on Feb. 1, 1992 in Tallahassee.
FSU’s 65-point total in the Clemson win is the fewest the Tribe has scored in an ACC win this season and ties the fewest in a victory overall this year (65-58 vs. USF is the other). FSU’s defense held Clemson to just 50 points — the fewest points an ACC opponent has scored vs. FSU this year.
SHANTE HONORED AGAIN
After leading the Seminoles to two victories the past week, including an 80-74 win over No. 2 Duke, Shante Williams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week on Feb. 9th. It was the second such honor for Williams this season.
Williams averaged a team-high 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.5 steals in last week’s wins and shot 63 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free throw line. Against Duke, the Jacksonville, Fla., native led Florida State with 20 points, which tied her career high, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals. The win snapped the Blue Devils’ 51-game ACC winning streak. Williams followed that up with a strong performance in the win over Clemson, turning in 12 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Seminoles never trailed in the game vs. the Tigers and completed the sweep of Clemson with the victory.
Overall, Williams is second on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game and is averaging 5.0 rebounds (third on the team) and a team-high 5.1 assists per game which ranks second in the ACC. She has scored in double figures in 10 games, including eight ACC contests, and leads FSU in ACC scoring at 13.4 points and rebounding at 5.5 boards per game.
Alicia Gladden recorded a career-high 10 points and dished out a career-high four assists in the Clemson win. The rookie hit a career-high five shots on a career-high nine attempts. A slasher-type player, Gladden has accelerated for seven or more points seven times this season. Over the past three games, she is averaging 7.0 ppg.
BLOCK IT TO `EM
Lauren Bradley recorded a career-high four blocks in the win over Clemson which gave her a team-high 20 blocks on the year. Bradley has now recorded 20 or more blocks in three of her four seasons at FSU with her best being 23 in her freshman season. Thanks to those four blocks, the team recorded its season high with seven block in the Clemson victory.
DOUBLE FIVE IN THE LAST FIVE
With the absence of post player Genesis Choice, freshman Ronalda Pierce has had to step it up. And boy has she. Pierce, who averages 11.3 minutes per game, has averaged 17.5 minutes of play in the past two games, shot 90 percent from the field and averaged 9.0 points per game. She was showing signs of emergence even before Choice went down. In the last five games, the rookie post player has averaged 7.4 points per game off of the bench.
NETTA DOUBLES HER PLEASURE
With 13 points and 11 rebounds in the Clemson win, Trinetta Moore recorded her first double-double of the season and third of her career. It marked the third time this season that Moore had recorded double digit rebounds and fifth time in her career. Moore has now scored in double figures in three straight games and five of the last six. In the last six games, Moore is averaging a team-high 14.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
Senior Lauren Bradley is having the best season of her career. Perhaps the healthiest of her time at Florida State, Bradley has already scored more points and grabbed more rebounds this year than any previous season. She is averaging a career-high 22.3 minutes per game, topping her 18.5 mpg as a freshman. She had just 13 career starts heading into the year and has started 17 games this season.
Sophomore Holly Johnson grabbed a season-high six rebounds in the Clemson win. While the guard averages just 1.7 rebounds per game, she has recorded five or more boards three times this season, including two of the last three games. Over the last three contests, she is averaging 4.3 rpg.