Jan. 7, 2006
The Florida State women’s basketball team (9-5, 0-1 ACC) will host Virginia (11-1, 0-0 ACC) in one of just two January home games, Sunday, January 8th at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles are looking to even their ACC record after falling in their league-opener Thursday by 19 points at No. 2 Duke. FSU gave the Blue Devils perhaps their toughest home game of the season as Duke had won its previous seven home games by an average of 50 points. With 17 points at Duke, senior Ganiyat Adeduntan led the Seminoles in scoring for the second straight game and has recorded double figures in six of the last seven games and a team-high 10 times overall.
“I feel good where we’re at as a team right now,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve had two great practices after a really tough game at Duke. I think we match up well with Virginia. They are a solid basketball team that comes in with just one loss. We know we’ll have our hands full with them, but we’re excited to be at home. We’ve had a lot of road games lately, so to be at home is going to be important for us.”
FSU has a slight edge over Virginia in free throw shooting percentage (.658 to .642) but has shot just 59 percent through the last three games. Adeduntan, however, has been consistent from the line all season and leads the ACC in free throw percentage at 89 percent.
“We believe if we can shoot even 75 percent as a team from the free throw line than that’s going to hang with the top teams in the country,” Semrau said. “Hitting three out of four every time would be pretty good and we have players who are going to shoot in the 80s and 90s and we’re going to have players who are going to shoot less than that. It’s one of those things that is hard to coach because it’s so mental. It’s really about work ethic, preparation and focus.”
The FSU defense held Duke to its second lowest point total of the season and to just over 10 points below its season-average. The Seminoles have recorded double digit steals in four straight games and eight games overall and have 51 more steals than their opponents this season.
“Defense is one thing we really take pride in and the pressure we can apply,” Semrau said after the Duke loss. “If we had sagged off of them (Duke) and let them see any passing lane they wanted to have, any lob they wanted to have, it would have been a long night. That’s why I was really proud of our defensive effort.”
Sunday’s contest will be the 32nd meeting between Florida State and UVA. The Cavs lead the series 27-4. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Seminoles have now won four games vs. the Cavs since the 2000-01 season. The last nine games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 5.0 points per game and last year’s ACC Tournament meeting went into overtime with the Cavaliers winning, 71-67.