Jan. 30, 2004
After playing three games in six days, the Florida State women’s basketball team (10-9, 3-5 ACC) got a much needed break from competition this week. However, after a good week of practice, the Seminoles will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face No. 10-ranked North Carolina (16-3, 6-2) on Sunday, February 1st at 2 p.m.
“I think we needed the two days away that we took in the beginning part of the week to refocus and reset,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve had a good week of practice, getting back to the fundamentals, concentrating on what we need to do to fill in the gaps that we see even before preparing for North Carolina. We’ve really been working on our consistency and doing the little things right time after time after time. When you have that many games and spent so much time in preparation for others teams, you get to the point where maybe you’re missing those little things.”
The Seminoles have been getting solid production from freshman Shante Williams, especially in ACC play. In ACC action, the rookie leads the team in scoring (13.9), rebounding (5.9), assists (5.1), steals (3.3) and minutes played (31.3) per game. Among ACC players, the point guard ranks first in the league in steals per game, second in assists per game, 10th in scoring and 13th in rebounding.
GAME 20 Florida State (10-9, 3-5) at #10 North Carolina (16-3, 6-2) Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004 * 2:00 p.m. Carmichael Auditorium * Chapel Hill, NC WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 10-9, 3-5 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 87-104 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS 2003-04 Record 16-3, 6-2 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 28-6 Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell/18th Season School Record 374-178 Career Record/Yrs. 646-258/29th Season Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
UNC has a 22-6 series advantage over Florida State, dating back to the 1981-82 season. Since FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92, UNC is 20-5 vs. the Seminoles. Overall vs. UNC, FSU is 2-10 in Tallahassee, 2-11 in Chapel Hill and 2-1 at neutral sites.
AN EVEN CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with North Carolina... First meeting: Jan. 5, 1982, FSU won 77-68 Last meeting: Feb. 13, 2003, UNC won 72-56 At home: 2-10 On road: 2-11 Neutral: 2-1 Biggest win by margin: 19 pts, 85-66 on Jan. 20, 1993 in Chapel Hill Biggest loss by margin: 45 pts, 92-47 on Feb. 3, 1995 in Chapel Hill
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Tar Heels match up:
FSU PER GAME UNC 73.2 points 77.0 .451 fg % .439 .302 3-pt fg % .327 .653 ft % .701 39.6 rebounds 45.9 13.5 assists 16.2 17.9 turnovers 17.3 9.7 steals 11.2 2.8 blocks 4.6
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
While freshman Shante Williams has led the team in scoring at 13.7 ppg the past three games, her fellow classmates have also contributed. Alicia Gladden has added 6.3 points and Ronalda Pierce 5.7 ppg. To put it in another perspective, over the past three games, just six Seminoles have scored 17 or more total points and three of them are the FSU freshmen.
In the last three games, FSU has outscored its opponent in the first half, 93 to 76. In the second half, FSU opponents have outscored the Tribe, 146-103.
LOTS TO SAY ABOUT SHANTE
Shante Williams has dominated for FSU since ACC play began. In ACC action, the rookie leads the team in scoring (13.9), rebounding (5.9), assists (5.1) and minutes played (31.3).