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Seminoles Travel To Richmond For WNIT Second Round Match Up

March 19, 2004

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team (15-14) will continue its season on Sunday, March 21st when the Seminoles travel to Richmond, Va., for a 2 p.m. tilt with the Richmond Spiders (21-9) in the second round of the WNIT.


“It’s exciting to be in postseason,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “but it’s more exciting to advance, especially getting a road win. Now going on the road for a second consecutive game, it’s such a great opportunity and something that I know our team and our coaching staff is looking forward to very much.”


FSU and Richmond have faced one another just one time and it was more than a decade ago with the Seminoles taking a 70-66 win on Dec. 29, 1993. Both FSU and Richmond fell last year to eventual WNIT champion Auburn. FSU bowed out in the second round, while Richmond took the loss to the Tigers in third-round action. Richmond will be FSU’s first Atlantic 10 opponent this season, however, the Seminoles are 9-5 all-time vs. current Atlantic 10 opponents. The Seminoles and Spiders have three opponents in common this season in Florida, LSU and South Florida. FSU was 1-2 vs. those foes this season while Richmond went 2-1.


While the Spiders have not faced an ACC opponent this season, Richmond head coach Joanne Boyle is pretty familiar with Florida State and the ACC. Boyle played at Duke and was an assistant coach at Duke under Gail Goestenkors for nine seasons before taking over the reigns at Richmond in April of 2002. The Spiders finished second in the Atlantic 10 West this season and have enjoyed back-to-back 20+ win seasons under Boyle. The squad is led by 6-1 junior forward Kate Flavin who is averaging 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. After losing four straight conference games, the Spiders rebounded to close out the regular-season with six striaght wins. Richmond, 12-1 at home this season, fell in the second round of the A-10 tournament to Temple (64-62). Overall, Richmond has won eight of its last nine contests.


“Richmond is a strong fundamental team,” Semrau said. “They move the ball extremely well and are an excellent shooting team. They have two players who really make them go. (Saona) Chapman is a very solid point guard and (Kate) Flavin gives them that inside/outside presence which is critical when you have great basketball teams. They are a very good free throw shooting team and they’re great at home and it’s going to be a battle.”


The Seminoles are coming off a victory in which freshmen Shante Williams and Ronalda Pierce and sophomore Ganiyat Adeduntan combined for 43 of FSU’s 67 points in the win at South Alabama – that’s 64 percent of FSU’s scoring in the game. It is hard to say who the hero will be when the Seminoles play. Six different Seminoles have scored in double figures in FSU’s last four games. Overall, seven different Seminoles have led the Tribe in scoring, including four different players in the last five games. Tasheika Allen has led the way, being the scoring leader in 11 games.


“Having different players step up at different times is one of the strengths of our team,” Semrau said. “Especially now with some of the younger players really stepping up big, we can look at different players to score. If our post players are producing, then our guards do a good job of getting them the ball and vice-versa. But I think our penetration to find people has been the best thing we do and that just continues to get better as our young players develop.”


The game will be an Internet broadcast only and can be heard by accessing www.seminoles.com.

2004 Women's NIT
Florida State (15-14)
at Richmond (21-9)
Sunday, March 21, 2004 *  2:00 p.m.
Robins Center * Richmond, Va.
www.seminoles.com

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 15-14, 7-9 ACC (5th) Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 92-109 Career Record/Yrs. Same

RICHMOND SPIDERS 2003-04 Record 21-9, 11-5 Atlantic 10( 2nd West) Head Coach Joanne Boyle/2nd Season School Record 42-20 Career Record/Yrs. Same

FSU VS. RICHMOND
Florida State and Richmond have met just once before and the Seminoles came out 70-66 victors on Dec. 29, 1993 at the Florida Citrus Sports Holiday Classic in Orlando, Florida. Richmond will be FSU’s first Atlantic 10 opponent this season, however, the Seminoles are 9-5 all-time vs. current Atlantic 10 opponents. The Seminoles and Spiders have three opponents in common this season in Florida, LSU and South Florida. FSU is 1-2 vs. those foes this season while Richmond is 2-1.

A COMPARISON
Here’s a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Spiders match up:

FSU	PER GAME     RICH
70.0	points	     70.3
.439	fg %         .466
.287	3-pt fg %    .345
.654	ft %         .696
38.7	rebounds     37.2
13.3	assists      17.5
17.2	turnovers    15.7
8.9	steals       8.9
3.0	blocks       1.4

ABOUT THE SPIDERS
While the Spiders have not faced an ACC opponent this season, Richmond head coach Joanne Boyle is pretty familiar with Florida State and the ACC. Boyle played at Duke and was an assistant coach at Duke under Gail Goestenkors for nine seasons before taking over the reigns at Richmond in April of 2002. The Spiders finished second in the Atlantic 10 West this season and have enjoyed back-to-back 20+ win seasons under Boyle. The squad is led by 6-1 junior forward Kate Flavin who is averaging 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. After losing four straight conference games, the Spiders rebounded to close out the regular-season with six striaght wins. Richmond, 12-1 at home, fell in the second round of the A-10 Tournament to Temple (64-62). Overall, Richmond has won eight of its last nine contests.

CAREER-HIGH
Shante Williams led FSU with 19 points in the WNIT win at South Alabama and she made a career-high nine field goals in the process. The rookie scored 15 of FSU’s 19 points during one stretch. Williams also had a team-high eight rebounds on the night, marking the third time this season at she has led the team in both scoring and rebounding in a single game. It was also the first time in FSU’s last eight games that Williams has led the team in scoring. She has led the team in scoring six times.

THE FUTURE IS HERE
Freshmen Shante Williams and Ronalda Pierce and sophomore Ganiyat Adeduntan combined for 43 of FSU’s 67 points in the win at South Alabama – that’s 64 percent of FSU’s scoring in the game.

WHO WILL SCORE?
It is hard to say who the hero will be when the Seminoles play. Six different Seminoles have scored in double figures in FSU’s last four games. Overall, seven different Seminoles have led the Tribe in scoring, including four different players in the last five games. Tasheika Allen has led the way, being the scoring leader in 11 games.

CRASHING THE BOARDS
FSU outrebounded South Alabama by a margin of 21 boards, which was a welcomed sight considering the Tribe had been outrebounded in the previous three games. Overall, FSU has outrebounded an opponent by double digits six times this season and outrebounded its opponent in 16 games overall this year.

JOLLY HOLLY
For the first time all season, sophomore Holly Johnson led the team in minutes played with 33 in the win at South Alabama. Johnson, who has seen her minutes increase over the past 10 games, had seven points, her most points since Jan. 15th, a season-high seven rebounds and led the way with three assists in the victory.

G-MONEY WAS ON THE MONEY
Sophomore Ganiyat Adeduntan scored a season-high 13 points in the win at South Alabama. The wing player was shot 50 percent from the field (4-8)and from three point range (2-4) and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. She also contributed five rebounds, which is the most since January 12th and ties for the second most she’s had in a single game all season. Adeduntan has scored in double figures in four games this season.

PIERCE IS FIERCE
Rookie post Ronalda Pierce scored in double figures for the sixth time this season when she had 11 points in the win at South Alabama. She also had two blocks, giving her 21 on the year which ranks second only to senior Lauren Bradley’s 26.

BACK ON TRACK
After scoring a season-low 47 points and shooting a season-low 28 percent in the loss to Maryland, the Seminoles got back on track at South Alabama, shooting 43 percent and scoring 67 points, both just shy of the season-averages of 44 percent and 70.0 ppg.

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