October 16, 2004 - by
Semrau Likes Effort In First Day Of Basketball Practice

Oct. 16, 2004

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The Florida State women’s basketball team held its first official practice of the 2004-05 season on Saturday afternoon. The squad went three full hours on the court and concluded with weights. Head Coach Sue Semrau, who begins her eighth season with the Seminoles, was pleased with the team’s effort and attitude.

“I think it was great to get back onto the court as a team and get started,” Semrau said. “There was a lot of anticipation and I liked the effort that I saw. Not only that, but you can really tell that there is a new confidence and a new belief system that is really setting in.

“In our circle before today’s practice we talked about believing,” Semrau continued. “Under the circumstances, I have been so proud of the way our team has gone through the healing process and now we’re just ready to work hard and we’re excited about it.”

Semrau also said:

On Who’s New:

“A couple of players who are going to be able to help us again this year are LaQuinta Neely, who was out last year with a knee injury, and Roneeka Hodges, a big redshirt who is now eligible. Roneeka will play a big role for us. There’s also Nikki Anthony, coming in between two days of volleyball games and having her first day of practice with us. She is really going to be big for us, not to mention our two freshmen Tiffiny Buckelew and Christie Lautsch. They are two players who we feel can really help us in a short period of time this year.”

On Who’s Improved:

“I’d have to compliment Holly Johnson (junior point guard). She has been the player who at every individual workout, every time she stepped out onto the court, has been better than every day I have ever seen her. Ganiyat Adeduntan (junior guard/forward) would be the other one who has really made huge strides. She’s really going to be such a versatile player for us. We have a need for her to step in and play some post and she’s been working on that and really welcoming that as part of her game.”

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