Jan. 3, 2007
The Florida State women’s basketball team embarks on its 16th ACC season when the Seminoles (11-3) travel to Boston College (10-4) in the ACC season-opener for both schools on Thursday, January 4th at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on radio in Tallahassee on WNLS AM 1270 or can be watched via the internet on ACC Select.
“Anytime you travel in the ACC, it’s very, very difficult,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Boston College lost a couple of key players and we’ve lost a couple of key players to graduation and both teams have been honing themselves prior to conference play. It will be interesting as we both step on the court Thursday night to see where we both are. We’re excited about it. We’re ready for the challenge of the ACC.”
FSU is 3-12 in its previous 15 ACC openers and the Boston College game will mark the 12th time FSU has opened an ACC season on the road. Under Sue Semrau’s direction, FSU is 3-6 in ACC openers. Florida State and Boston College met for the first time in 2006 in the ACC regular-season finale and the Seminoles earned a 71-60 victory over the then-17th ranked Eagles.
Boston College returns three starters from last year’s 21-12 squad that advanced to the Sweet 16. The Eagles are led by senior Kathrin Ress, who is averaging 18.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She had five points in last year’s meeting between FSU and Boston College.
The Seminoles are coming off of a 28-point win over High Point in which freshman Jacinta Monroe recorded her second career double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. FSU senior Alicia Gladden, who had 14 points in the win over High Point, is now leading the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game.
“The High Point game boosted my confidence,” Monroe said. “It made me see what I am capable of doing. I know that High Point wasn’t as physical as ACC play will be but it gave me a chance to work on my weaknesses which are rebounding defensively.
“As far as the Boston College game, I’m ready to go. We’re just going to prepare for a tough road game, as usual. All road games are tough so we’re just going to get ready even more so because it’s the ACC.”
Junior Shante Williams played just seven minutes vs. High Point due to illness but should be ready to play at Boston College.
“I’m sure Shante will be able to go,” Semrau said. “She did have the flu and has had it for a couple of days and so rather than put her in a position where her immune system is down, we decided to hold her in the second half.”