Nov. 24, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 24th-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team welcomes No. 11/12 Louisville and Nebraska this weekend at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Noles will be seeking their 11th straight win over the Cardinals at 7 p.m. on Friday and host the Huskers at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“We’re excited about bringing in two top programs this weekend in Louisville and Nebraska,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’re trying to get ourselves ready to be as good as we can be down the stretch. We’re learning a lot as we continue to grow at this point in the season.”
Louisville will be an especially tough matchup as the Cardinals are the first ranked team FSU will face this season.
“Louisville will be a great matchup for us,” Semrau said. “They have Shoni Schimmel – who is one of the best young players in the country. She can score from a lot of different places, and they surround her with other players that can score. They run a lot of different schemes at you defensively, too.”
Louisville (4-1) is also expected to have All-Big East First Team forward Monique Reid available. Reid missed three games this season, but scored 18 points versus Austin Peay on Tuesday.
Nebraska (4-0) is led by junior point guard Lindsey Moore (15.0 ppg and 7.3 apg) and sophomore forward Jordan Hooper (19.0 ppg).
FSU is 12-10 all-time against Louisville but has competed against the Cardinals just once in the Sue Semrau era, winning 69-54 in 2004 at the Montana Invitational.
The Seminoles have faced Nebraska just once all-time, winning 100-84 at the Hurricane New Year’s Classic in 1982.
Florida State ended a two-game losing skid by routing Georgia State, 94-74, in the home opener on Monday.
With junior Leo Rodriguez inserted into the starting lineup for the first time against the Panthers, Deluzio played point guard for much of the game after playing primarily on the wing in the season’s first four games.
The 5-11 Orlando, Fla., native responded by not only tallying a season high in points, but also in rebounds (eight) and assists (five).
In honor of “Black Friday,” the Seminoles will wear black jerseys against the Cardinals.
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