March 21, 2005 - by
Seminoles To Face UConn In Second Round Action Tuesday At 7:00 p.m. On ESPN2

March 21, 2005

The No. 6 seed Florida State women’s basketball team will play host No. 3 seed Connecticut in NCAA Tournament second round action Tuesday evening at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 7:22 p.m. EST to a national audience on ESPN2.

Both teams will enter the contest with 24-7 records. Tuesday’s meeting with UConn will be just the third meeting between the two schools but in consecutive years. The Huskies have won the previous two contests including last year’s 81-53 victory in Hartford. UConn will be the first Big East team the Seminoles have faced this season.The Tribe is 2-4 all-time against current Big East teams with wins over Georgetown and St. John’s.

FSU and UConn have just one common opponent this season in the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Huskies fell 71-65 to the Tar Heels in a game played in Raleigh, N.C. on November 21st. Florida State took a 79-73 win in overtime over UNC on January 20th in Tallahassee.

Tuesday’s game vs. UConn will be the Tribe’s 32nd game of the season. The last time FSU played more than 32 games in a season was 1990-91 when the Seminoles went 25-7. Overall, FSU has played 32 or more games just six times, including this season.

Freshman Christie Lautsch played 14 minutes in the Richmond game, marking the most minutes an FSU post player has seen since the Lipscomb game on February 3, 2005. In fact, the last time a Seminole even recorded double figure minutes was in game 27 when Nikki Anthony played 10 minutes at NC State.

With a three-pointer at the 16:31 mark of the first half of the Richmond game, senior guard Roneeka Hodges moved into third place on the Florida State single-season scoring list with 573 points. The Kodak / WBCA Region II All-American moved passed Wanda Burns (572 points – 1990-91) and trails only Sue Galkantas who amassed 710 points in 1981-82 and 627 markers the year before.

Less than halfway through the first half, guard Holly Johnson had already matched her season-high with three three-pointers. The junior scored nine of Florida State’s first 20 points with a trio of three-balls. This is the fourth game in a row that the Phoenix, Ariz., native has made two or more three-pointers, including three in the triple-overtime win over Virginia Tech on February 19. She finished the game with 11 points for her 13th double figure scoring game of the year.

Florida State opened up a 20-point lead in the first half thanks to a 21-0 run. Richmond took the lead at 5-4 with a basket at the 16:50 mark, but that would be the Spiders last points over the next five minutes. Hodges’ three-pointer put the Seminoles up 7-5 and keyed a run that ended on a three-point play by LaQuinta Neely that put Florida State ahead 25-5.

The Seminoles’ 46 points in the first half equals the most points they’ve scored in a single 20 minutes. Coming into the game, the most points Florida State had scored in any half was 46 in the first stanza against Florida A&M (December 2). The largest halftime lead for the Tribe was its 20-point lead (45-25) against Miami-Ohio.

Florida State is now 16-3 when it leads going into intermission. One of those three losses came during the ACC Tournament when Virginia bounced back from a 36-31 deficit. All three of the losses came against ACC competition and none of the three teams came back from a deficit of more than five points.

The Richmond victory marked the third game this season that the Seminoles have had five or more players reach double figures in a game. The other two times: FAMU and Virginia Tech. Florida State is a perfect 8-0 when at least four players reach 10 or more points in the scoring column.

Florida State shot a season-high .563 from the field in the Richmond game and a season-high .643 from three-point range. It was just the third time this season that the Tribe has shot better than 50 percent for a game and first since the Colgate win on Dec. 31, 2004. FSU shot .560 in the UT-Arlington win on Dec. 18th. The previous high from three-point range was 53 percent (8-15) in the Maryland win.

FSU’s nine treys in the Richmond win is the second most three-pointers the Tribe has made in a game this season. The Tribe hit 10 triples in both the Miami Ohio and Clemson wins. FSU has made seven or more three-pointers in 10 games, including in three of the last four games.

Florida State, making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament, improved its NCAA Tourney record 3-4 with the victory over Richmond. The 87 points is second only to the Tribe’s 96 points in a 1991 win over Appalachian State. The 54 points the Seminoles allowed in the game is the fewest an opponent has scored vs. FSU in an NCAA Tournament game.

The 87 points scored in the Richmond win was the most points the Tribe has scored in a regulation game this season. The previous high in a regulation game was in the 83-72 win over UNC-Charlotte on Dec. 22nd. FSU scored a season-high 95 points in the overtime win over Maryland and 94 in the triple OT victory over Virginia Tech. In all, Florida State has managed 80 or more points seven times this season – all wins.

Richmond’s 54 points marked the 15th time this season that the Seminoles have held an opponent to under 60 points for a game.

All 10 Seminoles played in FSU’s win over Richmond, marking just the 10th time this season that every player has seen action in a game.

The Seminoles recorded a season-best 23 assists in the Richmond win. It was just the second time FSU has had 20 or more assists in a game. The other was 20 at Virginia Tech. LaQuinta Neely, who came off the bench and played 25 minutes, tied her career-best with eight assists. Holly Johnson added six assists.

FSU tied its season-low with 10 turnovers in the Richmond win but even more impressive was the assist to turnover ratio. With 23 assists, the Seminoles managed more than two assists for every turnover in the game. FSU has had more assists than turnovers in seven games.

*Christie Lautsch recorded a career-high seven rebounds. Her previous high was five boards vs. Colgate.
*Holly Johnson tied her season-high with three, three-pointers.
*LaQuinta Neely tied her career-high with eight assists.
*Alicia Gladden tied her season-best with nine made shots.

As point guard Holly Johnson goes, the Seminoles go. In 19 games this season, the junior has had a positive assist to turnover ratio and the Tribe has gone 17-2 in those contests. In 11of those games, Johnson has also scored in double figures. In FSU’s other five losses, Johnson had recorded a combined 10 assists to 21 turnovers.

Victories in the NCAA Tournament are always big wins, but this one really was. FSU’s 33-point win over Richmond was the Tribe’s biggest win, by margin, of the season and biggest since a 38-point win (80-42) over Troy State on December 29, 2003.

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