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Seminoles Head West For Malibu Classic

Dec. 17, 2003

	

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The Florida State women’s basketball team (5-2) will head to Malibu, Calif., to participate in this weekend’s Malibu Classic, hosted by Pepperdine University. The Seminoles will face #19 TCU (6-1) on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10:15 p.m. (Eastern). On Sunday, FSU will play either host Pepperdine (2-4) or Fairleigh-Dickinson (3-1). The consolation game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) with the championship game to follow at 10:15 p.m. (Eastern).


Since Head Coach Sue Semrau’s arrival, the women’s basketball team has taken a special road trip just before Christmas in an effort to educate the student-athletes and let them experience a part of the country they may not otherwise see. It’s also an opportunity for players to compete in front of family. Since Semrau’s second year, when she was able to set her own schedule, the Seminoles have visited Los Angeles (1998-99), Chicago (1999-00), New York (2000-01), Indianapolis (2001-02) and Phoenix (2002-03). In the games on those trips, FSU is 7-2.


“I think it’s a great opportunity for our team to play a ranked team on a neutral court and to have an opportunity to be in another tournament,” Semrau said. “Obviously, this is an institution of higher education and with college athletics, you have the chance to experience other cultures and see new things. A lot of these players have never been to the West Coast and this will allow them the opportunity to experience something educational as well as a great opportunity to play a couple of great basketball teams. It will be another step in our preparation for what we want to do in the ACC. Five of our next six games are on the road, so it will be a tough stretch for us. It’s something that we see and are ready to hit head on.”
Florida State will face its second Conference USA opponent in as many games when the Seminoles play TCU. It will be the first meeting between FSU and TCU. The Seminoles have never played FDU and are 1-1 vs. Pepperdine, having last faced the Waves on Dec. 17, 1998 – a 75-72 loss in Malibu.


The Seminoles defeated South Florida, 65-58, on Sunday, Dec. 14th after a seven-day break for final exams. FSU shot well at 46 percent and outrebounded the Bulls, but suffered a season-high 28 turnovers which was uncharacteristic of this year’s squad. It was the first time all season that FSU hit the 20-mark in turnovers. In fact, just the game before, FSU had a season-low 14 vs. Florida.


“We haven’t had the kind of game where we have turned the ball over like that,” Semrau said following the USF game. “It’s been finals’ week so it’s not like we had a lot of scrimmage preparation for the game. We really had some time to work on some individual stuff and I think it’s going to pay off for us. I think we made up for the turnovers in other ways.”
Semrau gave the Seminoles a chance to catch their breath on Monday when she gave them the day off, but the squad has gone hard the rest of the week.


“We took Monday away to give the players some time to refocus,” Semrau said. “Then we had a great, physical practice on Tuesday. We expect TCU to be a real physical team, so we are working hard on our conditioning and to continue to work hard defensively but to tune up offensively as well.”


While FSU doesn’t have anyone listed on the roster from the state of California, senior Trinetta Moore was raised in West Covina, Calif., and still has family in the area. She moved east when she was 18 years of age. Sophomore Holly Johnson is also from out west, hailing from Phoenix, Ariz., while Semrau is a Seattle, Washington native.


GAME EIGHT
Florida State (5-2) vs. #22/19 TCU (6-1)
2003 Malibu Beach Classic
Sat., Dec. 20 * 10:15 p.m. (Eastern)
Sun., Dec. 21 - Consolation/Championship * 8/10:15 p.m.
WFLA AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com

THE TEAMS

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 5-2 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 82-97 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

TCU HORNED FROGS 2003-04 Record 6-1 2002-03 Final Record 20-14 Head Coach Jeff Mittie/5th Season School Record 91-44 Career Record/Yrs. 242-103/12th Season Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

THE SERIES
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between FSU and TCU. TCU is the second straight Conference USA opponent the Seminoles have faced, having defeated South Florida 65-58 on Dec. 14th. Overall, FSU has played 11 of the current Conference USA teams and has an 83-57 all-time record.

FSU PROBABLE STARTERS
G 22	Shante Williams	7.6 ppg, 4.0 apg
G 11	Angela Sutton	2.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
G 33	Tasheika Allen	19.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg
C 5	Trinetta Moore	5.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg
F 42	Genesis Choice	11.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg

TCU PROBABLE STARTERS G 30 Ebony Shaw 9.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg G 33 Adrianne Ross 6.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.1 apg G 11 Natasha Lacy 6.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.3 apg F 50 Sandora Irvin 14.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg F 45 Tracy Wynn 6.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING Here's how the Seminoles and Horned Frogs match up... FSU PER GAME TCU 75.0 POINTS 72.3 .479 FG% .442 .475 3FG% .352 .611 FT% .625 39.0 REBOUNDS 44.7 15.0 ASSISTS 14.1 18.4 TURNOVERS 24.0 3.0 BLOCKS 5.1 10.3 STEALS 10.4

HOMEWARD BOUND
While FSU doesn’t have anyone listed on the roster from the state of California, senior Trinetta Moore was raised in West Covina. She moved east when she was 18. Sophomore Holly Johnson is also from out west, hailing from Phoenix, Ariz., while Coach Sue Semrau is a Seattle, Washington native.

NEUTRAL PLAY
The Malibu Classic will be FSU’s first competition on a neutral court this season. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU is 6-6 on neutral courts.

NEW EXPERIENCE
Since Sue Semrau’s arrival, the Florida State women’s basketball team has taken a special road trip just before Christmas in an effort to educate the student-athletes and let them experience a part of the country they may not otherwise see. It’s also an opportunity for players to compete in front of family. Since Semrau’s second year, when she was able to set her own schedule, the Seminoles have visited Los Angeles (1998-99), Chicago (1999-00), New York (2000-01), Indianapolis (2001-02) and Phoenix (2002-03). In the games on those trips, FSU is 7-2.

BEFORE CHRISTMAS, NOT THE NEW YEAR
While the Seminoles will get a brief break for the holidays, FSU will still have two games before the New Year. In fact, the Tribe will return to work on Christmas Day in Atlanta where the Seminoles will prepare to play LSU on Dec. 27th. FSU will host Troy State in the last non-conference game of the season on Dec. 29th.

VS. THE OTHER LEAGUES
FSU is 2-1 alltime vs. current West Coast Conference teams, including a 1-1 record vs. Pepperdine. The other win was a 78-57 victory over St. Mary’s in 2001-02. The Tribe is 1-0 vs. Northeast Conference opponents with a 73-65 win over St. Francis (NY) in 2000-01.

RANKED TEAMS
TCU will be FSU’s second ranked opponent of the season as the Tribe faced #1 UConn in the second game of the season. The last time FSU has defeated a ranked opponent was February 8, 2001 when the Seminoles topped #4 Duke 71-69 in Durham. FSU went 0-5 vs. ranked opponents last season. All five teams were ranked in the Top 10.

PULL IT DOWN
FSU has outrebounded its opponents in five of seven games this season, including the last four straight foes. FSU outrebounded both exhibition opponents by an average of 18.5 rebounds per game. The Seminoles bettered that pace by outrebounding Savannah State by 30. Last year, FSU outrebounded its opponent 17 times with the largest margin being by 23 rebounds.

MS. CONSISTENT
While Tasheika Allen has provided solid offensive play for the Seminoles, it has been junior Genesis Choice that has played the most consistent. Choice has scored in double figures in five games, led the team in rebounding three times and shot 64 percent from the field. In fact, Choice has shot 46 or better in every game, including 50 percent or better in six of them. In the game in which she shot just 46 percent from the field, she shot 83 percent (5-6) from the free throw line and finished with 15 points. She leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 per game and has recorded five games with seven or more rebounds.

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