Nov. 19, 2005
The 1-0 Florida State women’s basketball team will play a rare game on Sunday, November 20th. Rare because its against a Pac-10 team. Sunday’s 2 p.m. tilt vs. the Washington Huskies will be just the fifth game Florida State has ever played against a Pac-10 team. The Seminoles are 1-3 in the previous four meetings vs. Pac-10 teams and haven’t faced a Pac-10 team since 1992.
The Huskies are coming off a 56-52 victory at Alabama Friday and are led by junior guard Cameo Hicks, who had 13 points and nine rebounds in the game.
“Washington is one of the hardest working teams that I’ve seen on tape,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I’m familiar with them because I am from Seattle, Washington. I grew up watching the Huskies play. They’ve always been a relentless-style defensive team and that’s something we like to brag about as well so it’s going to be a great head-to-head match up of two very active, very defensive-minded teams.”
Despite missing both exhibition games with an ankle sprain, senior Ganiyat Adeduntan started the regular season with a bang, leading the team in both scoring with 18 points and rebounding with six rebounds in the win over Georgia Southern. She was one of four Seminoles to reach double figures. All 13 Seminoles played with 19 of them seeing 13 or more minutes of play. Freshman Britany Miller scored 14 points in 14 minutes of play while fellow rookie Tanae Davis-Cain scored 13 points off of the bench. Alicia Gladden hit the first three-pointer of her career and finished the game with 15 points. FSU has now won 12 straight season-openers and seven straight home-openers.
Sunday’s game between FSU and Washington will be the first ever meeting between the two schools. In fact, FSU hasn’t faced a team from the Pac-10 since December 22, 1992 when the Seminoles fell to Cal 69-50 at the Oakland Tribune Classic in Oakland, California. FSU’s other two losses were to Oregon State (76-60 in 1982) and Arizona State (85-70 in 1983) and the Seminoles have a win over Stanford (73-58 in 1983). FSU’s coach before Semrau was Chris Gobrecht, who came to FSU and coached one season (1995-96) after an 11-year career as head coach at Washington.