January 15, 2005 - by
Seminoles To Host No. 15 Maryland Sunday At 4 p.m.

Jan. 15, 2005

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Fresh off its 68-57 win at Clemson, the Florida State women’s basketball team will have probably its most challenging opponent thus far this season when No. 15 Maryland visits the Donald L. Tucker Center Sunday at 4 p.m. The Terrapins are 12-2 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The Seminoles have already matched last year’s win total and are 15-2 overall and 2-1 in league play.

“This game against Maryland provides us an opportunity to really take our game to another level,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They’re extremely balanced with great guard play and a tremendous post presence. I think it’s a really great time with the emergence of Nikki (Anthony) in the middle and getting Quint (Neely) back on the perimeter for us to have an opportunity to really improve our execution. I love the intensity with which we are playing but we need to step up the way we execute on the offensive end of the floor. It will be a great challenge for us on the defensive side as well.”

Maryland will be FSU’s first ranked opponent of the season. The Terps are led by Shay Doron, who’s 19.3 points per game rank second in the ACC.

Sunday’s game will be the 31st meeting between FSU and Maryland. The Terrapins have a 19-11 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won seven of the last 11 meetings with the Terps. The series began in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s first season in the ACC. Overall, FSU is 7-6 vs. Maryland in games played in Tallahassee. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 9-7 vs. Maryland since her arrival in 1997-98. In the nine wins, the Seminoles have won by an average of 10.7 points per game. Six of her nine wins have been in Tallahassee.

No. 15 Maryland is coming off of a 72-65 win at Georgia Tech on Thursday. The Terps other ACC games: 77-67 loss at Virginia Tech; 92-77 win vs. No. 5 North Carolina.

FSU outrebounded its 13th opponent of the season when the Noles edged Clemson 38-30 in rebounding on the way to a 68-57 road win on Thursday. The game marked the return of LaQuinta Neely, who had been sidelined for five games with a back injury. Roneeka Hodges was dominant with 24 points and nine rebounds.

The game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 and by accessing www.seminoles.com.

FSU (15-2, 2-1 ACC) vs. No. 15 Maryland (12-2, 2-1 ACC)
Sunday, January 16, 2005 - 4 p.m. - Donald L. Tucker Center


2004-05 Record 15-2, 2-1 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 15-15
Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record 107-112
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3
Conference Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee

2004-05 Record 12-2, 2-1 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 18-13
Head Coach Brenda Frese/3rd Season
School Record 40-33
Career Record 97-63/6th Season
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Conference Atlantic Coast

When the Seminoles host No. 15 Maryland Sunday, it will be the first game of the season vs. a ranked opponent. Last year, FSU played seven games against ranked opponents and went 1-6. The lone victory was an 80-74 win over then No. 2 Duke on Feb. 4, 2004 which was FSU's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 4 Duke February 8, 2001.

When FSU went 12-0 to start the season, it was the first time that a Seminole team opened a season with 12 straight wins. It was also the first time in program history that a Seminole team won 12 straight games. Now, with a record of 15-2, the Tribe is still off to one of the program's best starts. Only two other FSU teams have had as much success in the early part of the season:

Year First 17 games Final Record
1981-82 16-1 finished 29-10
1982-83 15-2 finished 24-6
2004-05 15-2 ??????
1990-91 14-3 finished 25-7

Just like when FSU played Miami, Sunday's game will feature a couple of the best offensive players in the ACC in Maryland's Shay Doron and FSU's Roneeka Hodges. Doron and Hodges rank second and third in the ACC, respectively, in scoring at 19.3 and 17.9 points per game. Hodges, however, also ranks among the top 15 in field goal percentage at .471 which ranks 12th overall in the league.

While the Tribe faced Maryland three times last year, this could be the one shot the Seminoles and Terrapins get against one another this season. FSU plays only Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia Tech twice this year during the regular season. All of the other ACC schools are just a one-time deal until the ACC Tourney of course.
Home/Away Just Home Just Away
Georgia Tech Maryland Duke
Clemson North Carolina NC State
Miami Virginia Wake Forest
Virginia Tech

Since Sue Semrau's arrival at Florida State in 1997-98, FSU has beaten Maryland at least once a season. Twice have they met three times during that stretch. In 1999-2000, FSU earned just its second win in the ACC Tournament with a 65-60 win over Maryland. Last year, the Terps upended FSU 62-47 in ACC Tourney action. The only other ACC team FSU has beaten at least once a season since 1997-98 is Wake Forest.

LaQuinta Neely played 21 minutes at Clemson in her first game back since Dec. 22nd. She scored three points and had four assists. Coach Sue refers to Neely has the "glue" of the team because when she's in a game, she makes everyone around her better and she did just that at Clemson. Runningmate Holly Johnson tied her career-high with 15 points and added six rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of play.

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