Jan. 1, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team (7-4) will open ACC play and the year 2004 at Georgia Tech (9-3) on Friday, January 2 at 7 p.m . The game will be the first of three straight ACC road games for the Tribe. Friday’s meeting will be the 10 time (in 13) that the Seminoles have opened their ACC season on the road since joining the league in 1991-92, but the Seminoles have never opened an ACC season with three straight road games.
“We’ve got a tough stretch ahead and I think we’ve prepared well,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve put ourselves a position where we have a confidence going into those road games.”
FSU has faced Georgia Tech in the ACC opener twice, both on the road, and is 1-1 in those games. The Yellow Jackets have won two straight and are averaging 67.2 points per game.
“Georgia Tech is a very physical team,” Semrau said. “They’re very aggressive and have a lot of kids coming back from last year. They only lost Sonja Mallory so they have a lot of experience and it’s going to be a touch match up, but I think we’re ready for it. We’ve been tested and I think we are ready to go in and hit it hard.”
Florida State has won three straight ACC openers, including a 63-61 win at Wake Forest last year. Overall, FSU is 3-9 in ACC openers and 3-3 under Semrau. Friday’s contest will be the 29th meeting between Florida State and Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have won six out of the last nine games with the Yellow Jackets and the series is tied at 14-14.
GAME TWELVE Florida State (7-4) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3) Friday, Jan. 2, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. Alexander Memorial Coliseum * Atlanta, GA WFLA -AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
FSU IN ACC OPENERS Florida State has won three straight ACC openers, including a 63-61 win at Wake Forest last year. Overall, FSU is 3-9 in ACC openers while Semrau is 3-3. FSU has faced Georgia Tech twice in its ACC opener and is 1-1 in those games. Friday's meeting will be the 10th time (in 13) that the Seminoles will open their ACC season on the road. In ACC openers, FSU is 1-2 at home and 2-7 on the road.
Here's a look at FSU's ACC openers: 1991-92: L, 70-68 vs. Georgia Tech 1992-93: L, 75-67 at NC State 1993-94: L, 102-61 at North Carolina 1994-95: L, 84-68 at Duke 1995-96: L, 92-30 at Duke 1996-97: L, 88-52 vs. NC State 1997-98: L, 72-60 at NC State 1998-99: L, 91-72 at Duke 1999-2000: L, 64-59 at Wake Forest 2000-01: W, 74-70 vs. NC State 2001-02: W, 87-78 at Georgia Tech 2002-03: W, 63-61 at Wake Forest
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Yellow Jackets match up:
FSU PER GAME GT 75.4 points 67.2 .472 fg % .420 .340 3-pt fg % .301 .634 ft % .691 41.4 rebounds 39.5 13.9 assists 13.5 17.9 turnovers 15.1 9.2 steals 6.6 2.6 blocks 3.3
THE SERIES Friday's contest will be the 29th meeting between Florida State and Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have won six out of the last nine games with the Yellow Jackets and the series is tied at 14-14. The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. Since joining the ACC in 1991-92, FSU has recorded three sweeps over Tech - in 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2000-01 - all in the Sue Semrau era.
A CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with Georgia Tech... First meeting: 1974-75, FSU won 58-22 Last meeting: March 8, 2003, GT won 64-59 At home: 6-7 On road: 7-6 Neutral: 1-1 Biggest win by margin: 36 pts. 1974-75 - 58-22 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin: 32 pts. 97-65 on Jan. 22, 1996 in Atlanta
* FSU's last six wins over Georgia Tech have been by an average of 13.5 ppg. * FSU's six wins in Tallahassee have been by an average of 21.7 ppg. * FSU's seven wins in Atlanta have been by an average of just 8.4 ppg.
SEMRAU VS. GEORGIA TECH Head Coach Sue Semrau is 8-5 vs. Georgia Tech since her arrival in 1997-98. FSU has won those eight games by an average of 15.5 ppg. Semrau is 4-2 vs. Tech in Atlanta.