Feb. 7, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team, fresh off its 80-74 win over No. 2 Duke on Wednesday, will host the Clemson Tigers (15-6, 5-5) on Sunday, February 8th at 1 p.m. The Seminoles (11-10, 4-6) are hoping to build on their win over the Blue Devils.
“We talked about the last two games as games that could change our year,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We missed the last one (at UNC) just by a hair and to be able to get this one (Duke) is a huge momentum changer for us. It gives us an opportunity to do some things that we’ve wanted to do all year.”
The Seminoles will be looking to win their fourth-straight game over Clemson. Since FSU’s 68-61 win over Clemson in January, the Seminoles have gone 3-4. The Tigers won four straight after falling to FSU, but are currently on a three-game skid.
Recent games between Florida State and Clemson have been very competitive. FSU has beaten Clemson by an average of just 6.0 points per game in the last three meetings. The Tigers are led by senior Lakeia Stokes, who is averaging 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Florida State is led in scoring by senior Tasheika Allen at 14.0 points per game but has been paced by the solid play of rookie point guard Shante Williams who is second in scoring at 10.9 points per game.
The contest, which will be televised regionally including on Sunshine Network in the state of Florida, will be FSU’s first chance for a sweep this season.
GAME 22 Florida State (11-10, 4-6) vs. Clemson (15-6, 5-5) Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004 * 1:00 p.m. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Regional Sports Network (Sunshine Network in Florida) WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 11-10, 4-6 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 88-105 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
CLEMSON TIGERS 2003-04 Record 15-6, 5-5 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 14-15 Head Coach Jim Davis/17th Season School Record 345-171 Career Record/Yrs. 364-179/18 Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until last season when the Seminoles swept the Tigers and now the Tribe has won three straight and the series stands at 23-4. Before 2002-03, FSU’s only win vs. Clemson was back in the Seminoles’ first season in the ACC. FSU won that game 79-66 in Tallahassee on February 1, 1992. The two teams first met in the 1980-81 season – a 78-59 Tiger win at the MUW Christmas Tourney in Columbus, Miss. The series was renewed when FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92. With the wins over Clemson last year, FSU has now beaten every league school at least once in the Sue Semrau era.
A CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with Clemson... In Tallahassee 2-10 In Clemson 2-11 Neutral 0-2 Biggest win by margin 13 pts 79-66 on Feb. 1, 1992 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin 54 pts 80-26 on Feb. 7, 1994 in Clemson
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Tigers match up: FSU PER GAME CU 72.9 points 68.8 .455 fg % .408 .289 3-pt fg % .302 .655 ft % .712 39.1 rebounds 39.5 13.6 assists 13.4 18.1 turnovers 16.1 9.7 steals 7.4 2.7 blocks 4.4
* No. 2 Duke is the highest ranked opponent Florida State has ever beaten. The Tribe defeated Duke, 71-69, back on February 8, 2001 when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 4 and defeated No. 3 Maryland, 68-61, on January 12, 1993 in Tallahassee. FSU is 0-7 all-time vs. No. 1-ranked teams.
* The win over Duke snapped the Blue Devils 51-ACC game winning streak. In fact, two of Duke last three league losses have come at the hands of the Seminoles.
* The win over Duke snapped FSU’s 19-game losing streak vs. ranked opponents.
* FSU’s win over Duke stopped the Blue Devils’ streak of ACC road wins at 20 and stopped its streak of road wins overall at 24.
GIVE ME FIVE
Led by Shante Williams’ 20 points, five Seminoles reached double figures in scoring, for just the third time this season, in the win over Duke. The other games were also wins – vs. Savannah State and Harvard.
ALL TIED UP
FSU and Duke were knotted at 35 apiece at halftime of Wednesday’s game. It was the first time all season that FSU was tied with an opponent at the break. In the previous 20 games, FSU led in 11 games and trailed in nine at halftime.
ROCKIN’ TO THE 80s
FSU has reached the 80+ point mark in its last three wins and in seven wins overall this season. FSU scored 80 or more points in three wins last season, but none were ACC games. FSU’s 82-80 OT loss to Virginia is the team’s only loss when scoring 80+ points. The 80 points in the win over No. 2 Duke ties for the second most points the Seminoles have ever scored against the Blue Devils. Overall, FSU has scored 80 or more points vs. Duke three times and is 2-1 in those ball games. On the flip side, Duke is now 0-2 this season when giving up 80 or more points. Texas defeated Duke 85-77 in the season-opener.
Florida State’s .574 shooting in the Duke win is the Tribe’s best performance in an ACC game this season and second only to shooting .627 in the Harvard win. It’s also the best shooting performance a team has had vs. Duke this season. Prior to the game vs. FSU, the Duke defense had allowed just one team to shoot 50 percent against them and that was Purdue who shot exactly 50 percent but fell to the Blue Devils, 93-63. FSU has also scored more points against Duke this season than any other ACC opponent and that’s true of both games vs. the Blue Devils.
The last time FSU beat Duke, in the 2000-01 season, it was the second of five straight February wins that the program enjoyed. FSU advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament that year and went on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
#55 EQUALS 10
Ronalda Pierce, No. 55 on the roster, has turned in four, 10-point performances this season, including 10 points in 20 minutes in the win over No. 2 Duke. Overall, she has scored in double figures in five games.
BETTER THINK TWICE
Florida State opponents better think twice before sending certain Seminoles to the free throw line. Although Lauren Bradley is leading the team at 82 percent from the free throw line, Tasheika Allen has been pretty hot from the line. In the past eight games, Allen is shooting a team-leading 84 percent from the line.
Sophore Ganiyat Adeduntan, who has been a quiet contributor all season long, played 22 minutes in the win over No. 2 Duke with her main job being to guard Alana Beard. It was the most minutes Adeduntan had played since the Tribe’s first meeting with Duke on January 5th. After the big win, Coach Sue raved about Adeduntan’s efforts:
“We had five players in double figures, but one of the most unsung heroes on the court tonight was Ganiyat Adeduntan and the job she did on Alana Beard. At one point, she looked at me like `I’m not sure I can go another second.’ But for Ganiyat to step and be big on the defensive end is as big as anything we did on the offensive end.”
FINDING HER PLACE
Sophomore guard Holly Johnson has been utilized in a number of ways this season. In the past two games, however, it seems she is finding her place. At UNC, Johnson played a season-high 34 minutes after seeing just 11 minutes of action vs. Georgia Tech in the game before. She played 20 quality minutes in the Duke win. In both games, she hit crucial three-pointers. Look for Johnson to compliment point guard Shante Williams, and run alongside her rather than replace her in games.