Feb. 3, 2006
You’d think the Seminoles would want to celebrate their back-to-back ACC road victories, but that wasn’t at all the case Friday afternoon. Instead, head coach Sue Semrau, her staff and the Florida State women’s basketball team, now 13-7 overall and with a 4-3 ACC mark in sole possession of fourth place, were back working hard at practice in preparation for Sunday’s 2 p.m. tilt with NC State (13-8, 3-5) at the Tucker Center. The Georgia Tech game was the 10 road game in the last 13 games for the Seminoles.
“I’m just proud of my team,” Semrau said. “The resiliency that they’ve shown being on the road so much. Georgia Tech’s a good basketball team. They came close to both Georgia and Kentucky and I think it’s really going to prove to be a big win for us.”
Not only did the Seminoles win the game at Georgia Tech, but they outrebounded the Yellow Jackets in doing so. Thanks to a strong second half effort, the Seminoles outrebunded Georgia Tech 43-40, marking just the fourth time overall and second time in ACC play that the Lady Jackets have been outrebounded in a game. Tech was averaging 43.5 rebounds per game heading into the game with FSU, good for third best in the ACC, and had outrebounded Clemson by 22 in its prior game. FSU has now outrebounded three ACC opponents.
“Rebounding was our emphasis the whole game, especially in the second half when we came out and held them off of the offensive boards,” Semrau said. “We limited them to four offensive boards in the second half and quite frankly, I thought that was the difference in the basketball game.”
NC State fell to No. 1 North Carolina 75-58 in Chapel Hill but was without the services of leader Tiffany Stansbury (13.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) due to disciplinary reasons. Stansbury should be available for Sunday’s game.
“NC State has a great outside shooter in Billie McDowell and a really nice post player in Tiffany Stansbury so they’ve got that inside, out attack and they’re a very good defensive team and have a rich tradition,” Semrau said. “They’ve just got a lot of different weapons they can throw at you and they’re going to be a handful. But to be at home, I think our kids are going to be really, really excited to play in front of their home crowd.”
The Seminoles escaped any injuries in a very hard-fought Georgia Tech contest. Semrau believes the pace and aggressiveness of the Georgia Tech game will be what the team will see the rest of the season.
“The Georgia Tech game was physical but I think the rest of our conference schedule is going to be the same way,” Semrau said. “NC State comes in a very physical basketball team. We’re going to have to really work to get to the point of screens even and make our cuts like we want to be able to do. Obviously the ACC is a conference that really does prepare you for March.”
The game will be available via the Internet only. Log on to www.seminoles.com to access the action.
Sunday’s game will also be “Seminoles Salute the Arts” Day and all fans in attendance will have a chance to win free tickets to upcoming fine arts performances throughout Tallahassee, including tickets to the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Young Actor’s Theatre, Civic Center’s Tallahassee Broadway Series, FSU Theatre and FSU’s Seven Days of Opening Nights. Along with the day’s festivities, the Lincoln High School Girls Choir will sing the anthem and Tallahassee Ballet will perform at halftime. It’s a day FSU salutes arts in Tallahassee!
Also, the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive foam tomahawks and inflatable games will be set-up on the court for kids prior to the game and during halftime. A post-game autograph session will be held with Alicia Gladden along press row.
Tickets are only $3 for children and seniors and $5 for adults.