Jan. 6, 2007
The Florida State women’s basketball team, fresh off its 72-53 win at Boston College in the ACC opener, will host Miami Sunday, January 7th at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU enters the game at 12-3 overall and 1-0 in ACC play while the Hurricanes visit Tallahassee with a 9-7 record and a 0-1 mark in the league. All kids 18 and under will be admitted free to the game with a paying adult as part of the NCAA’s “Take a Kid to a Game” promotion. Also, the first 1,000 fans will receive team trading cards courtesy of Sun Sports, in which the game will be televised on, and FSN Florida and there will be an autograph session with the entire team following the game.
The Miami contest will be the Seminoles’ third game in a six-day span and FSU is 2-0 on the week so far.
“We’re just hungry to play games,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “With that 12-day layoff before the High Point game, we were able to overcome a lot of things and it just made us even hungrier to play basketball games. The players are getting the opportunity to feel more confident with one another, they trust each other more on defense and that was evident against Boston College.”
Sunday’s game will be the 30th meeting between Florida State and Miami and the first of two meetings between the two schools this season. The Seminoles hold a 22-7 advantage in the series which dates back to the 1974-75 season. FSU had won four straight over the `Canes heading into the 2004-05 season, UM’s first season in the ACC, but the two teams hadn’t met for 12 years. Now members of the same conference, FSU has a 3-1 advantage over Miami in league play.
FSU is already 3-0 vs. Florida team’s this season with wins over Florida, Stetson and UCF. Last year, FSU went 5-1 vs. in-state opponents. Overall, FSU is 156-73 all-time vs. teams from the state of Florida (four-year schools).
The Hurricanes are led by senior guard Renee Taylor’s 20.7 points per game while junior guard Maurita Reid is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. UM fell 72-42 at No. 3 Duke in its ACC opener. Miami is a more guard-oriented team.
“We’ve faced that a lot this year (smaller teams) and even though we can look at it as a match-up problem, it also gives us an advantage on the offensive side of the floor,” Semrau said. “Renee Taylor is playing great basketball right now. She scores for them and is such a complete offensive player and she really makes them go.”
Senior Alicia Gladden, who leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game, has scored in double figures a team-high 10 times this season, including in six of the last seven games and the last three straight. She’s also had seven or more rebounds in eight games this season. Typically not a long-range shooter, Gladden has hit three, three-pointers this season and last for the only six of her career.