Nov. 10, 2006
Florida State opens the 2006-07 season fast and furious with four games in seven days beginning with UAB at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Sunday, November 12th at 2 p.m. The game will be video streamed and can be purchased by accessing http://fsu.playonsports.tv/. Counting the two exhibition games (Nov. 1 and Nov. 8), the Seminoles will play nine games in the month of November.
“I think everybody gets really excited about the season-opener,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously, it’s a week early so we’ve had to really focus with a young team and try to make decisions offensively and defensively because we have such a tough week coming up. It’s not like we have a lot of time to refine anything that we’ve out in thus far. We have to be ready this week to play these four games in seven days and we’ve prepared ourselves to do that. I’m excited about the group we have. With youth, there are a lot of positives and a lot of excitement with it.”
UAB has a 5-3 series advantage but the Seminoles have won the last three straight meetings. The two schools have not played since the 1988-89 season. UAB is the first of four possible opponents from Conference USA. FSU will also face Tulsa and UCF and could be paired up with East Carolina in a tournament in December. Overall, FSU is 41-46 against current Conference USA teams.
The Blazers are coming off of a 14-14 season and return four starters including Carmen Guzman who averaged 16.0 points per game last season.
“Audra Smith, who was at Virginia as an assistant for many years, is UAB’s head coach and she’s done a tremendous job of rebuilding the program,” Semrau said. “They’ve had a rich tradition. This year, they return the bulk of their scoring, they’re athletic and they like to get out and deny on the defensive end of the floor and we’ve got to really be prepared for them.”
Sophomore Britany Miller paced the Seminoles in preseason action, averaging 25.5 points per game in the two exhibitions. Returning leading scorer Alicia Gladden, the only senior on the squad, averaged 16.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game in the preseason.
Florida State will tip-off its season at home for the fifth straight year. Overall, FSU is 24-8 in season-openers and has won 12 straight season-openers. FSU is 22-4 in home-openers since the 1980-81 season. Sue Semrau-coached FSU teams are a perfect 9-0 in season-openers and 8-1 in home-openers.