Feb. 22, 2006
The Florida State women’s basketball team (17-8, 8-4 ACC) will wrap up regular-season play with two crucial home games this week. The first of those challenges will be when the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (12-13, 3-9) visit Tallahassee Thursday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. The Seminoles could clinch fourth place in the ACC with a win vs. Wake Forest and would match their most ACC wins with nine.
“Wake Forest really presents some challenges, match up-wise for us, and they have three players who are very dangerous from the three-point line,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They are one of the top teams in the ACC in three-point shooting and fortunately we have really improved in defending the three-point shot so it’s something we’re aware of. Also it’s going to be a challenge in rebounding the basketball with long rebounds coming off which is something we’ve really focused in on the last couple of days of practice. Liz Strunk has really grown into a nice players. She is so versatile. She can score on the block, she’s a great free throw shooter and she can shoot the three so shutting her down will be one of the keys to the game.”
Florida State is 7-3 in its last 10 games and have won three straight since falling to Virginia Tech on February 13th while Wake Forest is 3-7. One of Wake’s three ACC wins, however, was a 77-71 overtime victory vs. Virginia Tech, the team that handed FSU its last loss.
FSU has a 15-14 edge in the series with Wake Forest and has won six straight over the Deacs. The series began in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC. Sue Semrau is 11-4 vs. Wake Forest. In her first season, she led the Seminoles to a sweep of the Deacons and has now done it three times. While FSU has won six straight over Wake Forest, the victories certainly have not come easy. In fact, six of the last seven games between Florida State and Wake Forest have been decided by fewer than 10 points and FSU is 5-1 in those six contests.
FSU played its only overtime game of the season and came away with an 80-72 win at Clemson Sunday to finish 4-3 on the road in the ACC. Since falling in its first three ACC road games, the Seminoles became road warriors and won their next four road contests. Over the last three games, Alicia Gladden is very nearly averaging a double-double at 16.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. FSU’s top three scorers this season, Gladden, Ganiyat Adeduntan and Holly Johnson are averaging 14.5 points or more in the last three games. Since joining the ACC, FSU has played on February 23rd four times and is 0-4 in those games, including two losses to Wake Forest.