Jan. 13, 2007
After three straight wins in a six-day period, the 13-3 Florida State women’s basketball will have had a seven-day break from competition when they face 11-7 Virginia Tech Monday, January 15th at 2 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. The game will be televised regionally, including FSN Florida and can be heard by accessing www.seminoles.com.
“I thought the team responded great this week,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “As a coach, I wish we could have kept playing this week because I felt like we were in good rhythm and developing even better rhythm but one of the things that this will do for us is that it makes us hungry to play basketball games. It did over the holiday break and I’m hoping it has the same kind of effect on us now.”
The contest will be the first of three straight games the Seminoles will play away from the friendly confines of the Donald L. Tucker Center and Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State is 5-3 away from home so far this season. Because FSU got its break early in the ACC season, there won’t be much time in between games from here on out. Beginning with the Virginia Tech game, the Seminoles will have games every three or four days until the end of the regular-season which makes this week’s practice time even more valuable.
“We worked a lot on avoiding screens, on continuing to be a better rebounding team and getting to the point of screens,” Semrau said. “We concentrated on getting better fundamentally and at the same time, we put in some new tweaks, different things that we’ve wanted to do. It’s still early with those but we felt it was a good time to put them in and hone them throughout the ACC season.”
With wins at Boston College and vs. Miami, FSU has started 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2002-03 and with a win at Virginia Tech, Semrau will record her 150th career victory. The Hokies will enter Monday’s game with a 1-2 mark in league play and are coming off of a 56-45 win at UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday.
“We know we have a big week coming up,” Semrau said. “Virginia Tech beat us here last year after having a marathon series with them the year prior. They’re a little bit different team. They have more size in the middle than they have had in the past and we match up better with that than maybe we have in the past.”
Monday’s game will be the 23rd meeting between Florida State and Virginia Tech and the only meeting between the two schools this season. FSU has a 13-9 advantage (2-1 in ACC play) and had actually won eight straight meetings with Virginia Tech, including thrilling overtime victories in 2004-05’s two meetings in ACC play, until the Hokies got the better of them last season 76-69 in Tallahassee. The series began back in the 1979-80 season. The Seminoles won that first meeting by a score of 67-57 but the Hokies responded with a 77-54 win later that season. Florida State and Virginia Tech have been in the same conference before as former members of the now defunct Metro Conference.