Jan. 18, 2006
The Florida State women’s basketball team will play the second of just two January home games when the Seminoles host Clemson (8-10, 2-2 ACC) Thursday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU (10-6, 1-2 ACC) is looking to even its ACC record after falling to No. 6 Maryland Monday afternoon in College Park. The Tigers, under first year coach Cristy McKinney, are coming off a 75-68 win over Wake Forest.
“Clemson’s got a bunch of veterans that are gelling under a new system,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “That’s always an adjustment that needs to be made so as they continue to get confident in Cristy’s system, they’re getting better and better. They’ve got nice players and once they take that talent and really start working together, as they have been lately, they’re going to have success. I continue to watch their growth.”
Freshman Britany Miller was the only Seminole to score in double figures in the Maryland game and she had 16 points.
“Britany was fabulous again on the offensive end because she had the confidence to just go to work one-on-one,” Semrau said. “Teams have been double-teaming her and she’s had to work hard for opportunities. The other thing she did well was lock into our defensive scheme which is exactly what she was supposed to do.”
Thursday’s game will be the 31st meeting between Florida State and Clemson. FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until 2002-03. Now the Tribe has won six straight over the Tigers. The series stands at 23-7 in Clemson’s favor. FSU’s first 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 Tournament in Columbus, Mississippi. The series was renewed when FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92.
For the Seminoles, it will just be nice to be home.
“It’s always tough in the ACC to play on the road, especially when you’re playing three teams in the top six in the country,” Semrau said. “At Maryland, we wanted to go up and take a great shot at them and for the majority of the first half, when Alicia Gladden was still in, I thought we were playing some great basketball but we’ve got to be able to sustain that even if she goes out of the game. We’re excited to get back home. We love playing in front of our fans.”
The game will be broadcast in Tallahassee on WFLA Sports Radio AM 1270 and can also be heard via the Internet at www.seminoles.com.