Feb. 11, 2006
Coming off its largest margin of victory over an ACC foe since 2001, the Florida State women’s basketball team (15-7, 6-3 ACC) will host Virginia Tech (16-6, 3-6) Monday, February 13th in a regionally-televised game (not Sun Sports) at 7 p.m. at the Tucker Center. The Seminoles have a strong hold onto fourth place in the ACC after earning its sixth league win with a 25-point victory at Miami Thursday. Four Seminoles scored in double figures, led by Holly Johnson and Ganiyat Adeduntan, who had 16 points apiece.
“Our team played really well at Miami,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I keep talking about how much better we’re getting and I think a lot of that is just developing confidence and the consistency we have on the defensive end of the floor. We’re beginning now to not only defend like we can, but also rebound the basketball extremely well and because of those two things, we’re coming up with some easy transition buckets on the other end.”
Monday’s game will be the 22nd meeting between Florida State and Virginia Tech. FSU has a 13-8 advantage (2-0 in ACC play) and has actually won the last eight meetings with Virginia Tech, including thrilling overtime victories in last year’s two meetings in ACC play. Florida State and Virginia Tech have been in the same conference before as former members of the now defunct Metro Conference.
“Virginia Tech is a really good basketball team and they’re ranked No. 17 in the RPI right now coming in,” Semrau said. “The series last year came down to two and a half games instead of two games with the number of minutes we played.
“We match up so well with them and they match up so well with us,” Semrau continued. “It’s going to be another one of those great basketball games, I believe. They’ve got a very strong point guard, as do we. They’ve got nice perimeter players, as do we. The difference may come down to the post game. I feel like we have an advantage there with Britany (Miller) and her strength and the way that Nikki Anthony’s been defending. I really believe that’s where the difference will come down.”
FSU has now won four straight ACC games and five of its last six. With a win vs. Virginia Tech, FSU would have five straight ACC wins for just the third time since joining the league in 1991-92. FSU’s two ACC home games this week (will host UM Friday) will mark the first time this season that the Seminoles have had two straight league home games and two in the same week to boot!
“Monday will be a big, big game for us but we are going to continue to take it one game at a time and stay with the routine that we know and trust right now,” Semrau said.
The game can also be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet at www.seminole.com.