Jan. 13, 2006
After playing four games in a nine-day stretch, including two road games, and the start of spring semester classes, the Florida State women’s basketball team (10-5, 1-1 ACC) is having a much-needed bye-week and will return to action Monday, January 16th at 4:30 p.m. when the Seminoles face No. 6 ranked Maryland in College Park. The Terrapins (14-2, 1-1 ACC) also have the week off after falling 86-68 at Duke on Jan. 8th. Monday’s game will be televised regionally (on Fox Sports Net – Fla.(FSN-Fla) but not on Sun Sports). Fans can listen to the game in Tallahassee on WFLA Sportsradio AM 1270 or by accessing www.seminoles.com.
Although the absence in competition, it was by no means a week off for the Seminoles.
“We had a lot of things we wanted to do with our team this week, but also recruiting really stepped to the forefront,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We (the coaching staff) did a lot of travel this week in addition to working with our team in making sure we fine-tune our individual skills.”
Led by Alicia Gladden’s game-high 22 points, the Seminoles moved to 1-1 in ACC play with a convincing 60-46 win over Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 8th. The Seminoles held Virginia to a season-low 13 first half points in a defensive showcase in which FSU snagged 14 steals. The 14-point win is FSU’s biggest victory, by margin, over the Cavaliers.
“The Virginia win was a real pivotal game for us in the sense that we’ve got a very difficult January and we need our home games to be crowd-filled like that one was,” Semrau said. “That gave us a lot of energy and we came out and played a great game on the defensive end of the floor. That’s going to allow us to keep winning games as our offense comes around.”
The game at Maryland is one of five road games in the month of January for the Seminoles. Not only did the Seminoles open the ACC season on the road for the 11th time in 15 years, but five of their first seven league contests are away from Tallahassee and the first three of those five road tilts are against Top 10 opponents.
“The good part of it is, when you’re playing the No. 2, fourth and sixth-ranked teams in the country, it’s not hard to stay focused,” Semrau said. “But when you look at playing three teams in the top 10 as the first three road games in conference, it’s a formidable path but that helps us to know that we have to be at our best when we go on the road and give ourselves an opportunity, by knowing our game plan, to pick up a win.”
Maryland has a 19-12 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Terrapins, including an overtime 95-91 thriller last season in Tallahassee. The series began in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s first season in the ACC. Overall, FSU is 3-10 vs. Maryland in games played in College Park. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 10-7 vs. Maryland.
“Maryland has really good size,” Semrau said. “They have two players inside that are very skilled and also have great size. For us, matching up with one person inside is something that we like to be able to do. We are also going to need Ganiyat Adeduntan and Alicia Gladden to step up and defend the post which they’ve done so well for us over the course of the last two years. Maryland also has very good guard play. Shay Doron is a veteran in this league and is very tough. We are going to have to match their toughness and aggressiveness.”
FSU win over Maryland last season was the first of three straight overtime victories over ranked ACC opponents. In all, the Seminoles played five overtime games in 2004-05 and went 4-1 in those contests.