Jan. 31, 2006
Many have been referring to the Florida State women’s basketball team (12-7, 3-3) as “road warriors,” since the Seminoles have been playing on the road so much lately. That reference is more than accurate because when the Seminoles travel to Atlanta for a 7 p.m. meeting with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-7, 2-5) on February 2nd, it will be FSU’s third straight ACC road game, fifth ACC road game overall and the Seminoles’ 10th road contest in their last 13 games. The game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet at www.seminole.com.
“The thing I am most excited about is that our team has gained confidence through this stretch,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’ve become more solid and content to grow as a basketball team so that we really are poised to make an impact here in February. It could have gone the other way. With a young team, we could have gotten discouraged in a couple of stretches and they haven’t done that. They’ve stayed strong and I’m excited about what that means for this team.”
The Seminoles are coming off a big road win at Virginia. The victory marked FSU’s second-ever over UVA in Charlottesville and also gave FSU its first regular-season sweep over the Cavaliers.
“The win against Virginia was huge for us for a lot of reasons,” Semrau said. “One, being able to get our first ACC road win of the year. Knowing we had beaten Virginia before gave us the confidence to go up there and take care of business. Secondly, it was a historic win for our program. With being the first time we had ever swept Virginia was excited for us as well.”
Junior Alicia Gladden, who has been on a roll, recorded her second straight double-double after managing 12 points and 11 rebounds at Virginia. She has scored in double figures in nine of the last 11 games.
“Alicia has really come into her own now in this part of the season,” Semrau said. “She played great for us in Italy and that was when she was with people she was very familiar with. With our new players, she had to get familiar and you can see now that familiarity is coming in and she’s really stepped up her game. She’s a special player.”
Thursday’s contest will be the 33rd meeting between Florida State and Georgia Tech. FSU’s 51-49 win at Tech last season snapped a five-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets. Prior to that streak, FSU had won six of seven. Tech leads the series 17-15. 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. Last year’s meetings were low-scoring as neither team reached the 60-point mark in either contest. Georgia Tech is averaging 65.9 points per game overall this season and is a strong rebounding team at 43.5 rebounds per game.
“Georgia Tech is playing great basketball right now,” Semrau said. “They, on the road, are going to be a real difficult match up for us. They’ve got great size and really do a good job on the defensive end of the floor. They are the number one rebounding team in our conference. We’re just going to have to have a great rebounding effort against them and go in with the mindset that we’re going to attack on the offensive end.”
After Thursday’s game, FSU will play five of its remaining seven regular-season games in Tallahassee.
“We do believe we can go on a run,” Semrau said. “We feel like the Georgia Tech game is going to be really important for us in sustaining that. The win at Virginia can be a great start to that run if we can continue to take advantage of the momentum we have, at Georgia Tech. In essence, though, coming home and playing all but two games at home in the month of February is huge for us. We’ve built character and we’re on solid ground. We feel like we have as much confidence as we’ve ever had.”