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The Seminoles Make Changes As They Prepare To Host USF Sunday

Dec. 12, 2003

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The Florida State women’s basketball team (4-2) will host the University of South Florida (3-3) on Sunday, December 14th at 2 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles return to the hardwood after completing fall semester exams. After six games in 13 days, the Tribe has had a seven-day layoff due to exam week and has not seen action since Saturday, December 6th.


“Most years I would think it would be a hard time to be off for that long,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “but I think because after our practice time, we had so many games in a short period of time, we needed this time to get back to the fundamentals and get some habits back that we had worked so hard to develop over the first few weeks of practice. It has been a tough semester for us academically and knowing that we’ve gotten through that, they’ve worked extremely hard in the classroom. Now to be able to just focus on basketball is going to be really nice.”


The Tribe suffered a huge loss this week when junior guard LaQuinta Neely was lost for the season after tearing her ACL in practice on Tuesday.


“Losing Quint is a huge blow to our team,” Semrau said. “She contributes so much not only physically, but was really a stabilizer for our team mentally and emotionally on the floor. Obviously, this is part of basketball. Players sustain injuries and as a result, we have other people on our team capable of stepping up at this point and will have the opportunity to do so.”


Due to the injury, the Seminoles will have a new starting line up for the first time this season. After the loss to Florida last Saturday, Semrau was already looking to change the starting five.


“Anytime we don’t see the kind of productivity out of players who are getting significant minutes on the court, we need to look at the other players because we are so deep,” Semrau said. “Combinations are always important, but I want to reward those people who are going hard after it all of the time. That’s got to be the trademark of our program, that we play hard. When I don’t see that, it’s time to make some changes.”


In addition to the changes in the lineup, Semrau has asked senior Angela Sutton to be a team captain. Sutton will join fellow seniors Lauren Bradley and Tasheika Allen in the leadership role.


“I felt like it was important to bring in some support for Lauren and Tasheika,” Semrau said. “Angela has done a tremendous job of bringing emotional energy to our team. I look at them as each having a different area of expertise. Lauren has got a great mind. Tasheika has great physical skills and Angela has great emotional skills. If we put each of those people in a position of leadership then they can do what they do best without having to worry about being someone they’re not. I think it will give us a tremendous lift as we get ready for the ACC.”


FSU and South Florida will meet for the second straight year and 36th time overall. The series dates back to 1973-74. The Seminoles have a 31-4 advantage in the series and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings including an 82-78 win in Tampa last season. The Bulls’ last win over FSU was in 1999-00 – an 84-74 victory in Tampa.

GAME SEVEN
Florida State (4-2) vs. South Florida (3-3)
Sunday, December 14, 2003
2 p.m. * Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 4-2 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 81-97 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS 2003-04 Record 3-3 2002-03 Final Record 7-20 Head Coach Jose Fernandez/4th Season School Record 28-60 Career Record/Yrs. Same Starters Returning/Lost 2/3

THE SERIES:
FSU and South Florida meet for the second straight year and 36th time overall. The series dates back to 1973-74. The Seminoles have a 31-4 advantage in the series and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings including an 82-78 win in Tampa last season. The Bulls’ last win over FSU was in 1999-00 – an 84-74 victory in Tampa.

FLORIDA STATE PROBABLE STARTERS
G    22    Shante Williams     8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.2 apg
G    11    Angela Sutton       3.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg
G    33    Tasheika Allen      20.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
C    5     Trinetta Moore      5.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
F    42    Genesis Choice      11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg

SOUTH FLORIDA PROBABLE STARTERS G 35 Rae Rae Sayles 8.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg G 3 Anedra Gilmore 7.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 6.0 apg C 32 Nalini Miller 9.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg F 22 Andrea Armstrong 6.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg F 25 Jessica Dickson 15.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING Here's how the Seminoles and Gators match up... FSU PER GAME USF 76.7 POINTS 64.5 .481 FG% .368 .509 3FG% .250 .626 FT% .673 39.3 REBOUNDS 46.7 16.0 ASSISTS 17.0 16.8 TURNOVERS 17.2 3.3 BLOCKS 4.3 10.2 STEALS 9.0

THIRD STRAIGHT:
Florida State’s meeting with USF is the third of three straight games vs. in-state opponents. FSU defeated UCF 72-59 on Dec. 2 and fell 74-60 to Florida on Dec. 6.

FLORIDA STATE VS. THE STATE:
Last season, FSU was 4-1 vs. teams from the state of Florida. FSU is 143-71 all-time vs. opponents from the state of Florida (four-year schools).

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