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Seminoles Travel To NC State For Thursday Night Meeting

Feb. 18, 2004

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Winners of three of their last four games, the Florida State women’s basketball team (13-11, 6-7) will travel to Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday at 7 p.m. to face the hottest team in the ACC in NC State (15-11, 7-6).


“Every game at this stage is critical,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Outrebounding Wake Forest like we did was a significant step in our preparation for this game with NC State. Their balance and their ability to score inside and out is perhaps as good as anyone in the conference. We will need to be on top of our game going into NC State.”


Since the Wolfpack defeated FSU 79-64 back on Jan. 19th, they have won six of the last seven, including five straight. FSU and NC State have split the past three seasons, but have won on their own home courts during that stretch. FSU will be looking for its first win over NC State in Raleigh since February 20, 1994 when the Tribe took a 59-58 victory at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack is 8-4 at home this season, including 3-3 in ACC play.


The Seminoles are coming off a 67-54 win over Wake Forest on Monday in which the Tribe led the entire game and outrebounded the Deacs by seven. FSU has now recorded sweeps over Clemson and Wake Forest this season. The win over Wake Forest was FSU’s sixth ACC win of the season, marking just the fifth time since joining the league in 1992 that the Seminoles have recorded at least six conference wins. Three of those times have occurred under current head coach Sue Semrau’s direction. FSU’s best all-time league record was 9-7 in 2000-01.


In FSU’s last two wins, and three victories overall this season, the Seminoles have led from the get-go and didn’t trail the entire contest. Against both Clemson and Wake Forest, the Seminoles opened with 6-0 leads before allowing their opponent to score. The other time it happened was in the season-opener when FSU led 41-0 before allowing Savannah State to score.

 
GAME 25
Florida State (13-11, 6-7) at NC State (15-11, 7-6)
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004 * 7:00 p.m.
Reynolds Coliseum * Raleigh, N.C.
WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com

THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 13-11, 6-7 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 90-106 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

NC STATE WOLFPACK 2003-04 Record 15-11, 7-6 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 11-17 Head Coach Kay Yow/29th Season School Record 594-277 Career Record/Yrs. 651-296/33 Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

THE SERIES
NC State holds a 19-6 series advantage over FSU. The series dates back to FSU’s first season in the ACC – 1991-92. The last three seasons the two teams have split, each winning on its home court. Last year, FSU won 64-55 in Tallahassee while NC State won 57-52 in Raleigh. Until NC State’s 79-64 win over the Seminoles on January 19th, FSU had won three straight home games vs. the Wolfpack.

A COMPARISON
Here's a statistical look
at these two clubs:
FSU	PER GAME     NCS
72.1	points       69.6
.449	fg %         .438
.283	3-pt fg %    .333
.660	ft %         .651
39.0	rebounds     38.1
13.5	assists      17.2
17.4	turnovers    17.2
9.4	steals       9.3
3.0	blocks       3.0

AN EVEN CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with NC State... First meeting: Jan. 19, 1992, FSU won 76-75 Last meeting: Jan. 19, 2004, NC State won 79-64 At home: 4-9 On road: 2-10 Biggest win by margin: 9 pts, 64-55 on January 8, 2003 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin: 39 pts, 75-36 on January 26, 1997 in Raleigh

SINCE THE LAST TIME
NC State’s 79-64 win over the Seminoles on January 19th was the Wolfpack’s first ACC win of the season. Since then, NC State has won six of seven, including the last five straight. FSU has gone 3-4 in that stretch and all four wins at occurred in Tallahassee.
Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

AHEAD OF THE GAME
In FSU’s last two wins, and three victories overall this season, the Seminoles have led from the get-go and didn’t trail the entire contest. Against both Clemson and Wake Forest, the Seminoles opened with 6-0 leads before allowing their opponent to score. The other time it happened was in the season-opener when FSU led 41-0 before allowing Savannah State to score.

TWICE THE ICE
Freshman Alicia “Ice” Gladden more than doubled her season average (5.1) when she scored a career-high 13 points to lead FSU in the win over Wake Forest. Gladden has now scored in double figures in two games this season – two of the last three in fact. Another thing that doubled in the Wake game was Gladden’s minutes played. She went into the game averaging 17.2 minutes per game and recorded a career-high 35 minutes of action. Over the past five games, Gladden is averaging 7.8 ppg.

HOLDING ON TO IT
The Seminoles recorded a season-low nine turnovers in the win over Wake Forest which is nearly half of the team’s season average of 17.4 turnovers per game. NIne was also last year’s season low. The Tribe recorded that in its win over FIU.

LITTLE GIANT
Shante Williams recorded a career-high 12 rebounds to lead all players in the win over Wake Forest. The 12 boards is a season-best for the entire team as well. The rookie, all 5-3 of her, now ranks third on the team at 5.3 rebounds per game.

HEADS UP!
The other four Seminoles on the court really have to be attentive because it’s hard tellin’ when point guard Shante Williams is going to throw the ball. And that’s a good thing. Williams is averaging a team-high 5.3 assists per game which ranks second in the ACC. With three regular-season games remaining, she has 126 assists overall which already ranks seventh all-time (since 1977) for a single season at FSU.

Top 10 Single Season Assists:
1. 	184 	Shirley Silsby (1977) - 23 games
2. 	155	*Sheri Kaminski (1984) - 31 games
3. 	145	April Traylor (2000) - 29 games
4. 	136	Wanda Burns (1989) - 31 games
5. 	135	Lynn Marnie (1982) - 36 games
6. 	129	Allison Peercy (1993) - 26 games
7. 	126	*Shante Williams (2004) - 24 games...
8. 	125	Rose Harper (1980) - 35 games
9. 	123	Allison Peercy (1995) - 30 games
10. 	119	Robin Corn (1990) - 30 games
		* denotes as a freshman

TIME IS ON HER SIDE
And speaking of rookie Shante Williams… aside from senior veteran Tasheika Allen with 12, Williams is the only other Seminole to record double-digit 30+ minute games this season with 10. Senior Lauren Bradley has five of them which is saying something in itself. Plagued by injuries her entire career, Bradley hadn’t had a 30+ minutes played game since her freshman season. No other player has had more than two.

NUMBER SIX
The win over Wake Forest was FSU’s sixth ACC win of the season, marking just the fifth time since joining the league in 1992 that the Tribe has recorded at least six conference wins. Three of those times have occurred under Sue Semrau’s direction. FSU’s best all-time league record was 9-7 in 2000-01.

ISN’T IT IRONIC?
FSU has won its six ACC games and lost its seven ACC games all by an average of 9.0 ppg. FSU’s largest margin of victory has been 15 points in the home win vs. Clemson. It’s largest margin of defeat in a league game this season has been 15 points by NC State.

DOUBLE FIVE IN THE LAST FOUR
With the absence of post player Genesis Choice the past four games, freshman Ronalda Pierce has had to step it up. And boy has she. Pierce, who averages 12.0 minutes per game, has averaged 18.3 minutes of play in the past four games, shot 79 percent from the field and averaged 7.5 points per game.

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