Jan. 14, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team will take its 9-6 record and 2-2 ACC mark on the road as the Seminoles face Wake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. The Demon Deacons are 8-7 overall and 1-3 in ACC play. The game will be FSU’s seventh road contest in the last nine but it will also be the last road game of January as the Tribe will enjoy three straight home games to close out the month.
“The road is a familiar place and that can work in our favor especially when we know what’s ahead the rest of the month is three straight games at home,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We need to be in a good place when we go up to Wake. They’re a tough team to play at home and they’re hungry for a win on their home court. They’re a pressing team and like to force the action. With a young backcourt, that is something we are going to have to handle. I again believe our advantage is going to be in the post game with our size.”
The Seminoles are coming off two straight ACC wins in which they had big leads and held on for the victories. Learning to sustain that lead is something the team is focusing on.
“We get up and we have to be able to sustain a lead,” Semrau said. “We get good separation, but we tend to let people back in. At least we are not letting them back in enough where we have to play catch up. We are sustaining that lead, but we need to do a better job of holding on to that separation.”
Wake Forest leads the all-time series with Florida State, 14-12, but the Seminoles have won three straight over the Demon Deacons. The series began in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC. Semrau is 8-4 vs. Wake Forest. In her first season, she led the Seminoles to a sweep of the Deacons. She did it again last year, but both victories were by just two points. In fact, the games betweens these two clubs have been historically close. Thirteen games have been decided by five points or less including four by two points or less.
GAME 16 Florida State (9-6, 2-2) at Wake Forest (8-7, 1-3) Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004 * 7:00 p.m. Joel Coliseum * Winston-Salem, NC WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 9-6, 2-2 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 86-101 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS 2003-04 Record 8-7, 1-3 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 13-15 Head Coach Charlene Curtis/7th Season School Record 63-119 Career Record/Yrs. 225-269/18th Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Wake Forest leads the all-time series with Florida State 14-12, but the Seminoles have won three straight over the Demon Deacons. The series began in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC. Sue Semrau is 8-4 vs. Wake Forest. In her first season, she led the Seminoles to a sweep of the Deacons. She did it again last year.
A CLOSER LOOK Here's a closer look at the series with Wake Forest... In Winston Salem 4-8 In Tallahassee 8-4 Neutral: 0-2 Biggest win by margin 29 pts 76-47 on Feb. 3, 2000 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin 17 pts 88-71 on Jan. 20, 1996 in Tallahassee
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Demon Deacons match up: FSU PER GAME WF 73.6 points 67.8 .458 fg % .434 .322 3-pt fg % .314 .654 ft % .636 40.3 rebounds 35.3 14.0 assists 14.4 17.9 turnovers 19.8 9.3 steals 11.7 2.9 blocks 2.6
BACK IN A BIG WAY
It was clear that the REAL Tasheika Allen was back in the Maryland win. The senior scored eight of FSU’s first 10 points and had 13 first-half points in just eight minutes of play. She went on to score a season-high 25 points on 73 percent (8-11) from the field, 75 pecent (3-4) from three-point range and 86 percent (6-7) from the free throw line. Prior to the Maryland game, Allen just hadn’t been herself since the Florida game on Dec. 6th. In that game, she scored 20 points and shot 41 percent from the field. At that point in the season, she was averaging 20.3 ppg overall and shooting 52 percent from the three-point line at 17-for-33. Over the next eight games, Allen tallied double figures in five games but was averaging just 9.0 ppg and shooting a dismal 28 percent from the field. She was also shooting .097 from three-point range at 3-for-31 in this stretch.
JUST SHY AGAIN
Four times this season, Tasheika Allen has finished just five or fewer points shy of her career high of 26 points. She turned in 25 points in the win over Maryland, scored 24 at UCF, had 21 at No. 1 UConn and 23 points in just 15 minutes vs. Savannah State. She has now scored 20 or more points five times this year and 15 times in her career.
BACK WITH THE LONG BALL
FSU’s leader in three-point shooting, Tasheika Allen, who had gone 0-for-13 from the three-point line in four straight games and 2-for-27 over a seven-game stretch, finally got back on track, going 3-for-4 in the win over Maryland. She has hit 23 treys this season.
WILLIAMS WOWS ‘EM
Shante Williams scored a career-high 20 points in a career-high 37 minutes of play in the win over Maryland. She also tied her career-high with nine assists and had six rebounds and four steals. The 37 minutes is the most minutes played in a game by any Seminole this season. In the last three games, Williams has averaged 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
TWO WITH TWENTY
With Tasheika Allen’s 25 and Shante Williams’ 20 points in the win over Maryland, FSU recorded the first game of the season with two players tallying 20 or more points. Ironically, the last time that happened was last season against Maryland. On January 16, 2003, in a 76-61 win at Maryland, Allen had 24 points while Trinetta Moore added 21.
“FREE” FOR ALL
FSU made a season-high 21 free throws in the Maryland win. The Tribe’s 30 attempts in the game is the second most this season as FSU attempted 31 free throws in the season-opener vs. Savannah State. In the past three games, FSU has shot .765 from the free throw line – well above its season percentage of .654.
DID YOU KNOW?
When FSU defeated Maryland, it was the Terps first loss of the season to an unranked team!
ACC HONORS WILLIAMS
Freshman Shante Williams earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week honors on Jan. 12, as she led FSU with averages of 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals in FSU’s two ACC road games the previous week. The point guard scored a career-high 18 points in 25 minutes of play and grabbed seven rebounds at No. 1 Duke. At Clemson, she recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while also adding a team-high six assists and a team-high five steals and committing just one turnover in a team-high 31 minutes of play. Williams shot 40 percent from the field in the two games and was 11-for-12 from the free throw line for 92 percent.
FSU has spoiled the fun for its last two opponents. The Seminoles handed Clemson its first home loss of the season on Thursday, Jan. 8th and then snapped Maryland’s four-game winning streak when they gave the Terrapins their first ACC loss of the season.