Feb. 25, 2005
Perhaps knowing they would get a couple of days off helped the Florida State women’s basketball team (22-6, 8-5) earn the triple overtime win over Virginia Tech last Saturday. With the squad’s ACC bye-week this week, the Seminoles were able to take Sunday and Monday off of practice before getting back to the court to prepare for Georgia Tech (13-12, 4-9). The Seminoles will travel to Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, February 27th to take on the Yellow Jackets in the regular-season finale for both clubs. The game can be heard via the Internet on www.seminoles.com.
“I think our bodies needed a chance to heal up a little bit,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “This week we were able to get back to work on the fundamentals and things that have started to slip. This was a very valuable time.”
The Seminoles will have revenge on their minds as the Yellow Jackets took the 59-58 win in the ACC opener in Tallahassee back in January. Since that game, the Seminoles have won eight league games and have assured themselves at least a tie for fourth place. A win over Georgia Tech would not only give FSU its 9th ACC win, tying the most ever by the Seminoles.
“It’s a huge game for us,” Semrau said. “We haven’t won up there the last couple of years and they are the team that in the opener of the ACC, stole a game from us in a one-point loss. I know that we are excited to go up there and reestablish ourselves on their court.”
Sunday’s contest will be the 32nd meeting between Florida State and Georgia Tech. FSU had won six of seven but now Georgia Tech has won five straight and leads the series 17-14. The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. Since joining the ACC in 1991-92, FSU has recorded three sweeps over Tech – in 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2000-01 – all in the Sue Semrau era.
“As a team, we really have to stay locked in on what we want to do,” Semrau said. “Georgia Tech is going to be a huge game for us to garner some momentum. Not having played on Thursday night, we’re going to need to go up and have a strong outing on Sunday.”
The ACC Tournament will begin Friday, March 4th but the Seminoles will not see action until Saturday, March 5th since the top five seeds earn a first-round bye.
“We are very focused,” Semrau said. “We know we still haven’t done everything that we wanted to and that’s been the key to our success.”