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Women’s Basketball Heads To ACC Tournament

March 6, 2003

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The Florida State women’s basketball team heads to Greensboro, N.C. for the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, to be played at the Greensboro Coliseum, March 7-10. The Seminoles (16-11, 8-8), the tourney’s No. 4 seed, will square off with No. 5 seeded Georgia Tech (19-9, 8-8) on Saturday, March 8th at 2 p.m. in quarterfinal action. The game will be televised lived regionally, including Sunshine Network.

Florida State (16-11, 8-8 ACC) vs.
Georgia Tech (19-9, 8-8 ACC)
Saturday, March 8, 2003 *  2 p.m.
Greensboro Coliseum * Greensboro, N.C.
Radio:   www.seminoles.com
TV:  Regional Sports Network (Sunshine Network)

Florida State Seminoles 2002-03 Record 16-11, 8-8 2001-02 Record 13-15 Head Coach Sue Semrau School Record/Yrs. 76-93/6th Career Record/Yrs. Same

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2002-03 Record 19-9, 8-8 2001-02 Record 15-14 Head Coach Agnus Berenato School Record/Yrs. 222-207/15th Career Record/Yrs. 282-262/19th

THE SERIES
Saturday’s contest will be the 28th meeting between Florida State and Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have won six out of the last eight games with the Yellow Jackets and lead the series, 14-13. The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. Since joining the ACC in 1991-92, FSU has recorded three sweeps over Tech – in 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2000-01 – all in the Sue Semrau era.

THE RECORD
The Seminoles victory over Clemson in the last regular season game gave FSU its 16th win. The Seminoles have reached 16 or more wins in a season just three times since becoming a member of the ACC, including twice in the past three years.
FSU’s 8-8 ACC record is the same league record the Seminoles had in 1991-92, its first season in the league. That year however, the Tribe was the No. 5 seed. FSU has finished .500 or better in the ACC just three times now, but twice in the last three years.

THE NO. 4 SEED
Florida State’s No. 4 seed matches its highest seed since joining the ACC. FSU finished tied for third in the ACC in the 2000-01 season with a 9-7 record and was also the No. 4 seed that year.

FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
The Seminoles have recorded three wins in 11 ACC tourney appearances. Florida State and Georgia Tech have met just one time in the ACC Tournament and the Tribe earned a 64-51 victory in a play-in game victory in 1996.

	Year	FSU Results
	1992 	#4 UNC 81 - #5 FSU 69
	1993 	#2 Maryland 91 - #7 FSU 68
	1994	#8 Wake Forest 72 - #9 FSU 57
	1995 	#8 Maryland 72 - #9 FSU 56
	1996	#9 FSU 64 - #8 Georgia Tech 51
		#1 Virginia 83 - #9 FSU 50
	1997  	#8 Wake Forest 70 - #9 FSU 59
	1998 	#2 Clemson 85 - #7 FSU 68
	1999 	#1 Duke 90 - #9 FSU 57
	2000	#8 FSU 65 - #7 Maryland 60
		#1 Duke 92 - #8 FSU 65
	2001	#4 FSU 83 - #5 Virginia 77
		#1 Duke 72 - #4 FSU 56
	2002	#1 Duke 82, #9 FSU 66

A BREAKDOWN FSU's ... Average points per game in ACC tourney: 63.1 Average points per win in ACC tourney: 70.7 Average points per loss in ACC tourney: 62.7 Average points given up in ACC tourney: 77.0 * FSU has played every ACC school but NC State in the ACC tournament. * With four games, FSU has played Duke the most times in the ACC tournament.

CURRENT PLAYERS IN THE ACC TOURNEY
Here’s a look at what current Seminoles have done in previous ACC Tournaments. The number of games played is in parenthesis.

Katelyn Vujas (5)      10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 26 mpg
Lauren Bradley (3)     2.0n ppg, 2.0 rpg, 13.7 mpg
Angela Sutton (3)      6.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 22.0 mpg
Linnea Liljestrand (1) 13 ppg, 5 rpg, 17 mpg
Genesis Choice (1)     10 ppg, 6 rpg, 23 mpg
Tasheika Morris (1)    4 ppg, 4 rpg, 18 mpg
LaQuinta Neely (1)     4 ppg, 1 rpg, 13 mpg
Trinetta Moore (1)     0 ppg, 2 rpg, 8 mpg

IN THE BIG PICTURE Let's not forget...while FSU has had a rough February, the Seminoles still finished 4th in the ACC. The Seminoles were predicted to finish in a tie for 8th place. Take a look: Preseason Current standings 1. Duke Duke 2. North Carolina North Carolina 3. Virginia Virginia 4. NC State Florida State 5. Clemson Georgia Tech 6. Georgia Tech NC State 7. Maryland Clemson T8. Florida State Maryland T8. Wake Forest Wake Forest

ALL-ACC HONORS
The Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association announced the 2003 All-ACC Women’s Basketball teams on Tuesday afternoon and for the second straight season, Florida State’s Tasheika Morris was recognized. Morris, a 6-0 junior guard from Huntsville, Ala., earned second team honors while freshman Ganiyat Adeduntan garnered honorable mention All-Freshman Team honors.
Morris, who has led FSU in scoring all season long, ranks sixth in the ACC in both scoring at 14.7 points per game and free throw percentage at 74 percent. She also ranks among the league’s Top 15 in steals per game, three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage.
Morris has led the Seminoles in scoring a team-high 14 times while tallying double digits in 23 games, including five games of 20 or more points. Morris, who had a streak of 17 straight double-figure scoring games during the season, averaged 17.2 points per game in five meetings against Top 10 opponents, including 18 points against both Connecticut and Duke. A third team All-ACC selection last season, Morris also leads the team with 39 three-pointers and ranks second with 47 steals.
Adeduntan, a 6-1 guard from Athens, Ga., has played in all 27 games, including three starts, and is averaging 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Adeduntan, who twice earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors during the season, ranks second on the team with 17 three-pointers, has led the team in scoring four times and has recorded five games in double figures.

QUESTIONABLE
Both Lauren Bradley (left ankle sprain) and LaQuinta Neely (back ligament strain) suffered injuries in practice on February 25th and missed the final two regular-season games of the season. They both remain questionable for the Georgia Tech game.

THE LONE SENIOR
It appears that FSU will lose just one player in senior Katelyn Vujas after this season. Florida State learned on Wednesday that Trinetta Moore has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA. She met the requirements of NCAA Bylaws for an extension of her five-year clock.

GETTING THAT DEGREE
Lauren Bradley, who is a junior athletically, will graduate in April with a degree in criminology. Fellow junior Tasheika Morris and Trinetta Moore will each receive their degrees after the summer session.

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
Sunshine Network will air all five televised ACC Tournament games, including the 2 and 4:30 p.m. games on Saturday, the 1 and 3:30 p.m. games on Sunday and the tournament championship on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

SWEEP ‘EM UP
Heading into the 2002-03 season, Clemson was the only ACC team that FSU hadn’t beaten in the Sue Semrau era. Now the Seminoles have swept the Tigers. FSU also swept Wake Forest this season. Since Semrau’s arrival, FSU has recorded sweeps over Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State, Maryland and Clemson.

FOUR SCORE!
Four different Seminoles scored in double figures in the Clemson game, marking just the third time this season and first in ACC play. The other two games in which four Noles tallied double figures were Wright State (11/29/02 ) and UCF (1/5/03). All three contests were wins.

START ‘EM UP
Sixty-five of FSU’s 68 points in the win over Clemson came from the starting five. Heading into the game, FSU was averaging 24.2 points per game from players off the bench. In fact, in the first win over Clemson, FSU’s top two scorers were players off of the bench.

WINS VS. LOSSES
The Seminoles finished the ACC season with an 8-8 record. Here’s a look at FSU’s stats in its ACC wins vs. its ACC losses:

8 WINS	PER GAME  8 LOSSES
64.1	points     55.5
.396	fg %       .363
.280	3-pt fg %  .244
.633	ft %       .636
45.5	rebounds   33.9
12.6	assists    9.1
19.1	turnovers  20.1
7.9	steals     7.8
3.9	blocks     2.8

A MUCH BETTER FSU
FSU shot 44 percent in the regular-season finale vs. Clemson. It was the Seminoles highest shooting percentage since their 76-61 win at Maryland on January 16th when the Tribe shot a season-high 55 percent. Prior to the Clemson game, the last time FSU shot above 40 percent in a game was in the Georgia Tech win on January 20th. FSU shot 44 percent from the three-point line and 67 percent from the free throw line and had 40 rebounds in the win over Clemson. During FSU’s six-game losing streak just prior to that victory, FSU shot 35 percent from the field, 22 percent from the three-point line, 63 percent from the free throw line and averaged just 36.7 rebounds per game.

NOT GUILTY
The Seminoles committed just 11 fouls in the Clemson win – a season low in ACC play – and sent Clemson to the line just eight times. FSU attempted 19 more free throws than the Tigers. The Seminoles have attempted 20 more free throws than their opponent in two ACC games this season, against NC State (23 to 3) and Wake Forest (33-13) – both wins.

DOUBLE MEANS DOUBLE FOR VUJAS
Katelyn Vujas scored in double figures with 13 points in the Clemson finale, marking the first time in four games that the senior has scored in double figures. Vujas, who averages 7.7 field goal attempts per game, should really shoot more because of the seven games in which she has attempted 10 or more shots, she has scored in double digits in six of them.

WHAT SLUMP?
If scoring eight points in back-to-back games is considered a slump, than Tasheika Morris has beaten it. In the past two games, Morris has averaged 20.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line. In 62 minutes of play, Morris committed just four turnovers.

JOHNSON IS VERSATILE
While Holly Johnson’s position is point guard, the rookie contributes in a variety of ways. She’s played 40 minutes in the past two games and averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Johnson has a knack for getting to the free throw line where she is shooting 73 percent for the season. Overall, Johnson has attempted five or more free throws in six games. In the past three games, she has averaged 5.3 free throw attempts per game and has shot 88 percent. She’s also had five or more rebounds in seven games.

SEASON HIGH FOR SUTTON
Angela Sutton put it all back together when she scored a season-high nine points and added two rebounds, four assists and three steals in a season-high 27 minutes in the win over Clemson. Sutton, who had been getting in early foul trouble the past several games, was averaging just 12.4 minutes of play in the five games previous to the Clemson game and scoring an average of just 3.4 points. She did a little somethin’ at NC State back on Feb. 9 when she had had eight points and recorded her season-high with six rebounds. She played 22 minutes and did not have a turnover.

DID YOU KNOW FSU HAS…
…shot 41% or better from the field in 13 wins.
…had 43 or more rebounds in 10 games.
…had double-digit assists in 17 games.
…had at least six blocks in seven games.
…had double-digit steals in eight games.
…a 3-0 record this season when scoring 80 or more points and a 23-5 record in the Semrau era when scoring 80 or more points.

IN THE LAST THREE
In the last three games, Trinetta Moore has averaged 9.7 points and 7.0 rebounds, including double figures in two of the last three games, while shooting 63 percent from the field. She’s also averaged 6.0 attempts at the free throw line in the past two games thanks to a career-high seven attempts in the Clemson win.

BENCH HELP
While FSU averages 23.4 bench points per game, the Tribe has produced just 6.3 points from players coming off the bench in the past three games. The last time FSU got substantial production from bench players was at Georgia Tech when 30 of FSU’s 56 points were from off the bench.

STOPPED THE SKID
With the win over Clemson, FSU put a stop to its six-game losing streak. Prior to this season, the last time FSU lost six straight games was back in the 1998-99 season when the Tribe lost nine straight between January 17 and February 15th.

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