Jan. 29, 2005
No. 19/21 Florida State will host Virginia in ACC action Monday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The The Cavaliers are coming off a 70-67 win over Virginia Tech and will visit Tallahassee with a 15-5 record and a 4-2 league mark. Seminoles are 18-3 overall and 5-2 in the ACC and will be looking to rebound from Thursday’s 62-57 loss at Miami.
“That’s the way the ACC is,” Semrau said. “You can’t sit around and pout if you’ve lost a basketball game. We’re still in the hunt sitting in second place in the conference right now. We have to look at it as a bump in the road and correct the things we need to correct and we have had two days of practice to do that. We look forward to hosting a very good Virginia team on Monday.”
If it seems the Seminoles haven’t been home for awhile, it’s no mistake. FSU has had two straight road games and five of the Tribe’s final seven regular-season games are on the road.
“We like going on the road,” Semrau said. “We feel like a pretty good road team but once in awhile, you have a blip. We don’t mind going on the road and I feel like I have a very strong group of young ladies who are ready to tackle that, but we are exciting to be home again Monday.”
Monday’s contest will be the 30th meeting between Florida State and UVA. The Cavs lead the series 25-4. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Seminoles have now won four games vs. the Cavs in the last four years. The last seven games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 5.0 ppg and last year’s tilt in Tallahassee went into overtime with the Cavaliers prevailing 82-80. FSU earned its first ever win in Charlottesville with a 73-71 victory last February.
Virginia is in a three-way tie for third place in the ACC. Nine of the 11 member schools have a winning record this season.
“It’s always been that way and that’s why players come to Florida State,” Semrau said. “They want to play in a conference like the ACC and be on top of it. Our players really rise to the occasion to play tough competition and they have day in and day out all season long. It’s an exciting time of year. You know there’s not an easy game on the schedule.”
HOME FOR NOW
No. 19/21 SEMINOLES (18-3, 5-2 ACC)
vs. Virginia (15-5, 4-2 ACC)
January 31, 2005 The Tucker Center 7:00 p.m.
WFLA -AM 1270 seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jamie Hovda
2004-05 Record 18-3, 5-2 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 15-15
Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record 110-113
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3
Conference Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee
2004-05 Record 15-5, 4-2 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 13-16
Head Coach Debbie Ryan/28th Season
School Record 606-245
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Conference Atlantic Coast
GENERALLY-SPEAKING... The Seminoles had their five-game winning streak snapped when the Tribe fell 72-67 at Miami Thursday night. FSU is second in the ACC standings with its 5-2 ACC record. The UVA game could be the one shot the Seminoles and Cavaliers get against one another this season. With the new ACC format, FSU plays only Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech twice this year during the regular season. All of the other ACC schools are just a one-time deal until the ACC Tourney of course. Last week,FSU was ranked with a No. 21 showing in the Associated Press poll and the No. 19 spot in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. A new AP poll will be released late Monday.
THE SERIES... Monday's contest will be the 30th meeting between Florida State and UVA. The Cavs lead the series 25-4. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Seminoles have now won four games vs. the Cavs in the last four years. The last seven games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 5.0 ppg and last year's tilt in Tallahassee went into overtime with the Cavaliers prevailing 82-80. FSU earned its first ever win in Charlottesville with a 73-71 victory last February.
IN THE LAST 10
Only one of the ACC's 11 league teams has a losing record over the last 10 games. Clemson is 3-7 in its last 10 contests. FSU is 7-3 in its last 10 games but Duke leads the way at 9-1.
ADEDUNTAN LEADS BOTH
Ganiyat Adeduntan's team-high 17 points in the Miami loss marked the fourth time she has led the team in scoring and each time she has led the team in scoring, she has also led them in rebounding. Overall, she has led the squad in rebounding a team-high 11 times.
Alicia Gladden has scored points, she has rebounded and now she is dishing out assists. The sophomore recorded a career-high six assists at Miami to rank second to LaQuinta Neely's seven assists.
Over the past two games, LaQuinta Neely seems to be coming into her own. She has averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the last two contests. She's also playing more aggressive. In her first three games back she attempted a combined nine shots. In the last two games, she's attempted 14 shots.
LOW SCORING BALL GAME
FSU scored just 57 points in the loss at Miami. In all three of the Seminoles' losses this season, the team has scored under 60 points. In fact, FSU has scored under 60 points in just four games total this season, including the season-opener when the Tribe topped Xavier 56-48. On the flip side, the Tribe has held opponents to under 60 points in 12 games.
GET THE SHOT OFF
While the Tribe shot 46 percent from the field at Miami, FSU attempted only 44 shots the whole game - a season low. Overall, the Seminoles average 56.4 field goal attempts per game.
REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL
FSU was held to under 30 rebounds for just the fourth time this season and three of those times have resulted in losses. More notably, however, was that the Tribe managed just eight offensive rebounds in the game. FSU has been held to single digit offensive rebounds just three times all year and is 1-2 in those games. The Miami loss marked the first time in ACC play that FSU recorded single-digit offensive rebounds.
The flu bug continues to make its way around the FSU basketball team. Linnea Liljestrand was held out of the starting line up at Virginia Tech after spending the entire day sick in bed. Ganiyat Adeduntan and Holly Johnson were both under the weather at Miami. In fact, Johnson played a season-low 27 minutes in that game.
Georgia Tech spoiled FSU's perfect home record. Prior to that loss, the Tribe had won seven straight at the Tucker Center and was outscoring its opponents, 70.6 to 53.7. The last time FSU had won seven straight at home was in 1990-91 when the Seminoles won their first eight home games and finished the season 13-2 at home and 25-7 overall. FSU also advanced to the NCAA tournament second round that year and hosted the first round game. FSU is now 10-1 at home. Five of FSU's eight home wins have been by double digits. FSU has won its home games by an average of 13.7 points per game.
DOUBLE DIGITS FOUR FOLD
In each of the last three wins, Florida State has enjoyed balanced scoring. While Roneeka Hodges (39), Ganiyat Adeduntan (26) and Alicia Gladden (24) each recorded career-highs in successive games, four Seminoles in all have tallied double-digits in each of the last three wins. In fact, in FSU's five ACC wins, three or more players have recorded double figures in each game. In the Tribe's two ACC losses, only two players reached double figures for FSU.