Dec. 3, 2005
The Seminole women’s basketball team improved to 5-1 with a convincing 75-59 win over Mississippi State Friday giving FSU two wins over SEC teams for the first time since 1990-91. The Seminoles will be back in action Sunday afternoon with a 2 p.m. tilt with in-state foe UCF (1-4). The game will be televised by Sun Sports.
“UCF is again an in-state team and it’s always fun to go up teams in the state of Florida,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They have one of our alumni on their staff in Lauren Bradley so I think it will be a great game for us to host on a Sunday afternoon.”
Florida State is 10-2 all-time vs. UCF, including winning the last six straight meetings. The series dates back to the 1976-77 seson when FSU took a 77-63 win. In the four wins nder Sue Semrau’s reign, the Seminoles have averaged 73.8 points per game and have won by an average of 27.5 points per game.
A couple of members of the UCF program should look familiar to FSU women’s basketball followers. UCF Assistant Coach Lauren Bradley was a four-year letterwinner for the Seminoles from 1999-2004. A four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection, Bradley battled injuries throughout her career but still played in 110 games and averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds her senior season. A team captain her senior year, she led FSU in free throw percentage in both 2003 and 2004. Junior guard Francine Houston was a member of the FSU team in 2002-03 before transferring to UCF. She played in 10 games and averaged 4.1 minutes of play. One of those games was FSU’s 77-47 win over UCF on January 5, 2003. Houston played four minutes and had one rebound.
In the Mississippi State victory, Florida State was led by two freshmen as Britany Miller and Tanae Davis-Cain had 12 points each in the victory. FSU also outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs by 13 rebounds and have outrebounded all six opponents this year.
Sunday will be Toys for Tots day. Fans that bring a new unwrapped toy to the game will be admitted free. Also, it’s Garnet and Golden Day. The first 100 senior citizens in attendance will receive a free Play Like a Girl T-Shirt.