Nov. 22, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team (1-1) will host 2-0 Florida Wednesday November 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are trying to break their single-game home attendance record and the first 3,000 fans will received foam tomahawks.
The contest will be the first of two meetings with the Gators this season as FSU will travel to Gainesville on January 2nd. The last time FSU and UF met twice in a season was 1997-98 in Sue Semrau’s first season as head coach of the Seminoles. The meeting will also be the second of four times this week that an FSU team will face the Gators. Swimming will face UF Tuesday, men’s basketball Friday and football Saturday. All those meetings, however, will be in Gainesville.
“We love having Florida come to our place,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We played a great Washington team to a two-point game and we’re just getting our momentum going as well and it’s always exciting to have this rivalry in town.”
FSU fell to 1-1 on the season with its 71-69 loss to Washington Sunday. The Seminoles came back from a 16-point deficit and led by seven with just under six minutes to play but missed costly free throws down the stretch and came up just short. Alicia Gladden, the returning leading scorer from last season, is averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game. The big surprise has been the play of freshman Tanae Davis-Cain who tallied double figures in each of the first two games and is second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.0 rpg). Freshman Britany Miller is the leading rebounder at 4.5 boards per game while Hannah Linquist and LaQuinta Neely, are tied with Davis-Cain at 4.0 rpg.
“One of the things that we didn’t do in the Washington game was shoot well from the free throw line,” Semrau said. “I thought we had a lot of good looks at the goal. We outscored them from the field but we just need to do a better job on the free throw line. I really admired the fight in the team and the way we came back but I didn’t like the way we started slowly and that’s something that we addressed again in practice. We hope to come out strong against Florida.”
FSU and Florida will meet for the 65th time in a series that dates back to the 1973-74 season. FSU has faced the Gators more than any other team and has played UF at least one every season since FSU began keeping results in 1973-74. According to the FSU records, the series stands at 39-25 in UF’s favor. FSU’s 72-62 win in Gainesville last season snapped Florida’s 16-game winning streak over the Seminoles. It was FSU’s first win over Florida since December 15, 1991 (90-78 OT) and FSU’s first win in Gainesville since December 17, 1990 (79-78).
“We’re looking at Florida as the next game on our schedule,” Semrau said. “I think we match up with them very well. We are very similar in the fact that they have six new freshmen as well but some veterans in the starting line up. I think it will be a great basketball game just as it has been every year.”
The Gators have wins over St. Francis (83-57) and Seton Hall (52-48) and are led in scoring by Sha Brooks’ 16.0 points per game.
“Florida has a lot of versatility,” Semrau said. “Their post players are more agile, more versatile than a lot of post players. They have the ability to shoot the long ball. They’re a very balanced basketball team. They like to press and like a full court game and we like a full court game as well so we’ll get out and get after it.”