Feb. 16, 2006
There will be quite a bit of familiarity between Florida State (15-8, 6-4 ACC) and Miami (15-9, 5-6 ACC) when the two clubs meet in women’s basketball Friday, February 17th at 8:30 p.m. at the Tucker Center because the Seminoles and Hurricanes played each other just over a week ago in Coral Gables. FSU got the better of UM, winning 79-54 but that was then and this is now.
“We’re going to have to have a different approach, mainly a different mental approach,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “The game down there doesn’t mean a thing. Only thing now is that both teams know a little more about each other, but we’ll go in with an attitude with regaining our defensive intensity and rebounding the ball. When we do those two things, we are a really good basketball team.”
The Seminoles struggled in the loss to Virginia Tech Monday night and although they outrebounded the Hokies 37-34, they allowed them to shoot 52 percent for the game.
“I don’t think there was really any complacency,” senior guard Holly Johnson said. “I just think we just came out and didn’t play our basketball. That’s what it boils down to. I said earlier to everyone else, it starts with our defense and that’s the way this team goes. If we play defense, our offense comes but if we don’t play defense, we can’t get anything going.”
FSU played both offense and defense in its first meeting with Miami. FSU scored 79 points in the Miami win. Both teams entered that game averaging 70+ points per game and the Seminole defense held Miami to a season-low 54 points. Miami’s Tamara James headed into the FSU game as the ACC’s leading scorer at 20.3 points per game and scored a season-low 10 points thanks to stiff Seminole defense.
Friday’s game will be the 29th game overall between the two and FSU has a 21-7 advantage, including a 25-point win in Coral Gables . The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. FSU had won five straight over the `Canes heading into last season, but the two teams hadn’t met for 12 years. As members of the same conference, FSU is 2-1 in league play. FSU’s 25-point win at Miami was the Tribe’s biggest win, by margin, over an ACC team this season. It was also FSU’s largest point margin in a win since the 2000-01 season when the Noles topped Maryland by 31 points.
“Every game is a big game,” Johnson said. “It’s funny because every team we’ve faced the past few times right before a huddle, every single time, we say `this is a big game, we’ve got to get this win.’ Yes, the Virginia Tech loss hurt us, but can we bounce back and we’re going to.”
Including the Miami game, FSU has four remaining regular-season games, three of which will be played in Tallahassee.
“We’re always happy to play in Tallahassee,” Semrau said. “It’s a great environment. We love playing in front of our fans. We have the best band in America. We’re excited about the opportunity to host an in-state rival.”
The game will be televised regionally but not on Sun Sports. The game can also be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet at www.seminole.com.