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Seminoles Will Host Maryland Monday At 7 p.m.

Jan. 11, 2004

	

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After opening the ACC season and the year 2004 with three straight ACC road games and fresh off an impressive 68-61 win at Clemson on Thursday, the Florida State women’s basketball team (8-6, 1-2 ACC) will host the 11-3 Maryland Terrapins, who are undefeated in ACC play this year at 3-0. The Terrapins, who are led in scoring by freshmen Shay Doron (13.0) and Kalika France (11.6), are on a four-game winning streak and are 2-1 on opponents’ courts this season. After playing six of its last seven games on the road, FSU will now play four of its next five contests at home, beginning with the Terrapins.


“Maryland is a lot like us in some ways where their freshmen have stepped in to a solid group of people and are really giving them a spark,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “You can look at what Shay Doron is doing and Kalika France and Alli Spence and they’re people you really have to think about in the whole scheme of Maryland basketball now as young players. It’s going to be a great match up for us. We feel like if we have an advantage in the game, it will be in our post play.”


Maryland has a 17-10 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won six of the last eight meetings with the Terrapins. The series began in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s first season in the ACC. Last year, the two clubs split. The Tribe took a 76-61 victory in College Park on January 16th while the Terrapins avenged that game a month later with a 66-61 win in Tallahassee. Overall, FSU is 6-6 vs. Maryland in games played in Tallahassee. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 8-5 vs. Maryland.


FSU rookie Shante Williams had, perhaps, her best performance of the season in the win at Clemson. The point guard recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but did so much more. She played a team-high 31 minutes and added team-highs of six assists and five steals and had a block and just one turnover while running the floor.


“I think you can see that Shante is going to make a huge difference for us,” Semrau said. “Six assists and a turnover and five steals with 14 points for a freshman, she’s pretty tough and she’s going to make us pretty good.”


Junior post player Genesis Choice also had a big night at Clemson, grabbing her own rebound twice and putting it back up for buckets in the final minutes of the ball game to seal the victory. She finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.


“Genesis was huge at the end of the game,” Semrau said. “You get the ball in her hands and she misses the first one, but she’s going up like a pogo-stick for the second opportunity. She not only scores and rebounds for us, but she hits free throws and that’s big.”


GAME 15
Florida State (8-6, 1-2) vs. Maryland (11-3, 3-0)
Monday, Jan. 12, 2004 * 7:00 p.m.
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com

THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 8-6, 1-2 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 85-101 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

MARYLAND TERRAPINS 2003-04 Record 11-3, 3-0 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 10-18 Head Coach Brenda Frese/2nd Season School Record 21-21 Career Record/Yrs. 78-51/4 Starters Returning/Lost 2/3

THE SERIES
Maryland has a 17-10 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won six of the last eight meetings with the Terrapins. The series began in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s first season in the ACC. Last year, the two clubs split. The Tribe took a 76-61 victory in College Park on January 16th while the Terrapins avenged that game a month later with a 66-61 win in Tallahassee. Overall, FSU is 6-6 vs. Maryland in games played in Tallahassee. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 8-5 vs. Maryland.

A CLOSER LOOK
In Tallahassee	6-6
In College Park	3-9
Neutral	1-2
Biggest win by margin	31 pts
	69-38, January 10, 2001 in Tallahassee
Biggest loss by margin	42 pts
	81-39, January 28, 1994 in College Park

SEMRAU VS. MARYLAND
Head Coach Sue Semrau is 8-5 vs. Maryland since her arrival in 1997-98. In the eight wins, the Seminoles have won by an average of 10.9 points per game. Four of the five losses have been in games played in College Park.

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

FSU	PER GAME       MD
73.0	points	       71.4
.453	fg %	       .432
.319	3-pt fg %      .406
.649	ft %	       .745
40.7	rebounds       40.3
14.0	assists	       15.6
17.9	turnovers      19.5
9.5	steals	        9.6
2.9	blocks	        3.6

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