Nov. 26, 2006
Although Florida State earned its largest margin of victory over Florida in more than 20 years Friday, the Seminoles didn’t spend a whole lot of time celebrating because it was time to get back to work. FSU (5-0) will host Tulsa (3-2) Monday, November 27th at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center and the Seminoles have pay-back on their minds as the Golden Hurricane handed FSU an 80-71 loss last year in Tulsa in Florida State’s first road game of the season. The game will be video-streamed online through ACC Select and can be accessed by visiting www.seminoles.com.
“We got them (the FSU players) up early Saturday morning and started to focus on Tulsa, their personnel and the different things we wanted to start doing,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “So we shifted our focus very quickly which I think was important with such a short turnaround. The team had the majority of the day off Saturday and we came back Sunday to really lock into our game plan.
“The difference going into this game is that we do feel like we have something unfinished about our match up with Tulsa,” Semrau continued. “We feel good that we will be at home. Tulsa is coming off of a couple of road games and we need to take advantage of that.”
Tulsa is coming off of a 26-6 season and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance and returns honorable-mention All-American Jillian Robbins. Robbins is averaging 17.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and has led the Golden Hurricane in scoring in three games this season. She had 18 points and 19 rebounds in Tulsa’s win over FSU last season.
“She’s (Robbins) tremendous,” Semrau said. “She makes them go, she’s one of the, if not the best player that we will have faced at this point. She just does so many things for them on the offensive end of the floor, from the inside, from the outside and can rebound the basketball. She also is very effective for them on the defensive end.”
FSU continues to be led by sophomore Britany Miller’s 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game but the Seminoles are enjoying some offensive balance this year. Four Seminoles in all are scoring in double figure this season and at one time or another during FSU’s first five games, eight different Seminoles have scored 10 or more points in a game. As a team, Florida State is shooting 51 percent from the field.
The Seminoles are looking to improve to 6-0 for just the third time in Florida State women’s basketball history.