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Seminoles Will Face Virginia Sunday In Final Road Game Of The Regular Season

Feb. 20, 2004

	

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In their third of three games this week, the Florida State Seminoles (13-12, 6-8) will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a Sunday, February 22nd afternoon tilt with the Virginia Cavaliers (12-13 and 5-8). The contest will be FSU’s final regular-season road game of the 2003-04 season. The Tribe will conclude the regular-season with a 7 p.m. game vs. North Carolina on Thursday, February 26th. The game will no longer be televised but can be heard live in Tallahassee on Newsradio WFLA AM 1270 or by accessing www.seminoles.com.


Florida State will be looking for its first win at Virginia as the Tribe is 0-13 in games played in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers have lost three straight ball games, including one at home, and are 6-6 overall at home this season. FSU is looking for its first ACC road win since topping Wake Forest, 81-73, back on January 15th. FSU is 3-6 overall on the road this season, including 2-5 in ACC play.


Despite an early 22-point lead and a balanced scoring attack, FSU fell 82-80 in overtime at home to Virginia back on January 23rd. The Tribe shot 50 percent in the game and was led by freshman Shante Williams 19 points as four Seminoles scored in double figures.


Sunday’s contest will be the 29th meeting between FSU and UVA. The Cavs lead the series 25-3. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Tribe has now won three vs. the Cavaliers in the last three years. The last seven games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 5.9 points per game.


GAME 26
Florida State (13-12, 6-8) at Virginia (12-13, 5-8)
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004 * 4:00 p.m.
University Hall * Charlottesville, Virginia
WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com

THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 13-12, 6-8 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 90-107 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 2003-04 Record 12-13, 5-8 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-14 Head Coach Debbie Ryan/27th Season School Record 590-237 Career Record/Yrs. Same Starters Returning/Lost 5/0

A CLOSER LOOK Here's an even closer look at the series with Virginia... First meeting: Dec. 8, 1990, UVA won 92-77 Last meeting: Jan. 23, 2004, UVA won 82-80 in OT In Tallahassee: 2-11 In Charlottesville: 0-13 Neutral: 1-1 Biggest win by margin: 9 pts. 55-46, January 23, 2003 in Tallahassee Biggest loss by margin: 41 pts. 91-58, Jan. 16, 1996 in Charlottesville 81-40, Feb. 16, 1996 in Tallahassee

A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Cavaliers match up: FSU PER GAME UVA 71.7 points 63.8 .446 fg % .405 .276 3-pt fg % .297 .655 ft % .706 38.9 rebounds 36.4 13.5 assists 14.1 17.2 turnovers 19.0 9.3 steals 8.2 2.9 blocks 3.1

THE SERIES
Sunday’s contest will be the 29th meeting between FSU and UVA. The Cavs lead the series 25-3. After going winless in the first 20 tries vs. UVA, the Tribe has now won three vs. the Cavaliers in the last three years. The last seven games between FSU and UVA have been decided by an average of 5.9 points per game.

SINCE THE LAST TIME
Since falling to UVA in overtime back in January, FSU has gone 3-4 with all three wins in Tallahassee. Virginia has gone 3-5 but has now lost three straight games.

NOT SO NIFTY FIFTY
FSU managed just 55 points in the loss at NC State – the Tribe’s lowest output in an ACC game this season. FSU has scored in the fifties three times this season, all on the road, and all three games have been losses: 81-53 at UConn, 66-59 at Georgia Tech and 65-55 at NC State.

TWICE THE ICE
For the second straight game, freshman Alicia “Ice” Gladden has led the team in scoring. She more than doubled her season average (5.5) when she scored a career-high 13 points to lead FSU in the win over Wake Forest. She nearly tripled it when she bettered that mark with a new career-high 15 points at NC State. Gladden has now scored in double figures in three games this season – three of the last four in fact. Another thing that has doubled has been Gladden’s minutes played. She went into the Wake Forest game averaging 17.2 minutes per game and has recorded a career-high 35 minutes of action in the past two contests. Over the past six games, Gladden is averaging 9.0 ppg.

THE THREE FRESHMAN
Freshmen Alicia Gladden (15), Shante Williams (8) and Ronalda Pierce (7) tried to carry the load at NC State, but just couldn’t do it alone. The trio combined for 30 of FSU’s 55 points in the game and 16 of FSU’s 37 rebounds.

IN FIVE OF EIGHT
In five of FSU’s eight ACC losses, the Tribe has led at halftime. At Georgia Tech, FSU led 29-27; vs. NC State, FSU led 29-26 at the break; vs. Virginia, the Seminoles led 32-20; vs. Georgia Tech, FSU led 32-30; and led 27-26 at NC State. FSU has won two of six games this season when the Noles have scored under 30 points in the first half.

WE’VE GOT TWO
Two of FSU’s five ACC wins have come on the road. FSU earned just three ACC road games last season.

SHOOTER’S TOUCH
The Seminoles have shot a combined 36 percent in their two last losses – well below their 44 percent shooting for the year. Overall, FSU is shooting 38 percent in its 12 losses. On the flip side, in their 13 wins, the Tribe is shooting 51 percent from the field, but just 50 percent or better in two of their six ACC wins. Ironically, FSU shot 50 percent in the first meeting with UVA, but lost.

PULL IT DOWN
FSU has outrebounded its opponents in 15 of 25 games this season, including eight straight before ACC play started. The Seminoles have been outrebounded in just five ACC games. FSU outrebounded both exhibition opponents by an average of 18.5 rpg. FSU bettered that pace by outrebounding Savannah St. by 30 and Troy St. by 34. So far, FSU has outrebounded five opponents by double digits. Last year, FSU outrebounded its opponent 17 times with the largest margin being 23 rebounds.

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