Dec. 12, 2004
Senior Roneeka Hodges has had quite a weekend. On Saturday, she graduated from Florida State with a degree in social sciences. On Sunday, with a game-high 17 points, she helped guide the Florida State women’s basketball team to a 62-44 win in her hometown vs. the New Orleans Privateers at Lakefront Arena. Senior Linnea Liljestrand added 14 for the Seminoles, who improved to a perfect 6-0 – their best start since the 1981-82 season.
“I think it was great, great all the way around,” Hodges said. “To achieve something that I set out to do my entire life, I graduated college. And then, what else is better than to get to come back home, play in front of my family and friends and have a pretty decent night and on top of that, we get the victory.”
Florida State showed some signs of its 11-day layoff but capitalized on coming out of the locker room strong. In both the first and second halves, the Seminoles played well in the first 10 minutes to gain and maintain control of the game. The Tribe led just 30-22 at halftime and started the second half with an 11-2 run to go up 17 and the Seminoles led by at least 12 the rest of the game.
“We talked about the rhythm of playing together and having not played together for 11 days,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Not only do we not have as much of an opportunity to play together all the time in practice but then you have different rotations coming in. Our first five came out and really did a good job of setting the tones in both halves.”
All 10 Seminoles saw action and seven of them scored. FSU trailed only once as the Privateers scored the game’s first two points. FSU’s Holly Johnson responded with the first of FSU’s seven three-pointers and the Seminoles led the rest of the way.
The Seminoles didn’t show any signs of rust in the first half of the first half and were up 20-8 with 11:57 on the clock while shooting 62 percent from the field. The final 10 minutes, however, were a different story as the Tribe managed just 10 points and closed out the half shooting 37 percent Down 12, the Privateers outscored FSU 14-5 to pull within three points with just under four minutes remaining in the half but were shutout the rest of the way and trailed eight at the break.
FSU outrebounded UNO 36-26 and committed just 11 turnovers while forcing 11. A 46 percent second half gave the Tribe a 41 percent shooting performance for the game.
“I’m pleased that we haven’t been beaten yet,” Semrau said. “I’m also pleased that we’re not anywhere near where we are going to be and I think this is a team that really realizes that. We’re not a team that is sitting back and saying `oh isn’t this a great start.’ We are saying where do we want to be and what do we have to do to get there and I have liked that personality about this team.”
Next up, the Seminoles will host Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, Dec. 15th at 7 p.m. at the Tucker Center.