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Women’s Basketball Hosts 7th Annual Seminole Classic This Weekend

Nov. 28, 2003

	

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team (1-1) will host UW-Milwaukee (1-2) and 2003 NCAA Tournament teams Harvard (1-1) and Liberty (1-1) in the 7th Annual Seminole Classic, beginning Saturday, November 29th at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Harvard and Liberty will square off at 6 p.m. while FSU and UW-Milwaukee will follow with an 8 p.m. match up which will be televised, tape-delayed, on Sunshine Network at 11 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played on Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m.


UW-Milwaukee returns four starters from last year’s 15-13 squad and is led by senior center Maria Viall who is averaging a double-double with 21.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.


“They’re a good program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Sandy (Botham) has done a really nice job there. I’m familiar with them having been at Wisconsin and we always had a tough game with them. They’re a very well-coached team and have a great post player in Maria Viall. She’s legit.”


The Seminoles will be looking to rebound from their 81-53 loss on Tuesday at No. UConn. FSU was within two of the Huskies at 35-33 late in the first half, but then UConn hit three straight three-pointers and closed out the half with a 15-2 run in the final 3:24.


“We did an admirable job for the first 15 minutes of the game,” Semrau said, “but then they put that run on at the end of the half and rather than respond, we made a steal and then missed a front end of a one-and-one. We talked a lot about that. And then the momentum that gave them going into the half, we played them even again in the first part of the second half and it’s not enough. We’re going to be there, but we are not there yet.


“The thing I loved about the team that went up to UConn is that there wasn’t a fear in them at all and that’s growth in the program as it is,” Semrau continued. “Now, I don’t think there’s going to be satisfaction with just a win, because they felt that they can compete at that level and it’s going to take playing better basketball and playing our roles.”


The Seminoles will face either Harvard or Liberty in the second round of the Classic. Harvard went 22-5 last season and fell 79-69 at Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson returns all five starters from that team. Liberty returns four starters from last year’s 26-4 squad. The Lady Flames fell 54-44 to Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

GAME THREE 
Florida State (1-1) vs. UW-Milwaukee (1-2)
Saturday, November 29 *  8 p.m.
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
Tallahassee, FL * WFLA Radio * www.seminoles.com
Sunshine Network - tape delayed 11 p.m.

Classic Schedule Saturday, November 29 6 p.m. * Liberty vs. Harvard 8 p.m. * Florida State vs. UW-Milwaukee Sunday, November 30 2 p.m. * Consolation Game 4 p.m. * Championship Game

THE STORYLINE
Florida State hosts the 7th annual Seminole Classic featuring UW-Milwaukee and two 2003 NCAA Tournament teams in Liberty and Harvard. Florida State has won three of the previous six Seminole Classics, including the last three straight tournaments. Florida State has never faced any of the three Classic participating teams.

FLORIDA STATE VS. THE FIELD
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Florida State and UW-Milwaukee. FSU is 2-2 alltime vs. Horizon League teams (0-1 vs. Butler, 1-0 vs.Loyola, 0-1 vs. Wisc.-Green Bay, 1-0 vs. Wright State). The Seminoles have also never faced Harvard or Liberty. In fact, if the Seminoles face the Crimson, it will be the first time FSU has faced an Ivy League school. FSU is 3-1 vs. teams from the Big South Conference (1-0 vs. Charleston-Southern, 0-1 vs. Radford, 2-0 vs. UNC-Asheville). Fellow Big South member Charleston Southern participated in the first Seminole Classic in 1997.
Harvard went 22-5 last season and fell 79-69 at Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson returns all five starters from that team. Liberty returns four starters from last year’s 26-4 squad. The Lady Flames fell 54-44 to Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
2003-04 1-1
2002-03 Final Record 17-13
Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season
School Record 78-96
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

UW-MILWAUKEE PANTHERS
2003-04 Record 1-2
2002-03 Final Record 15-13
Head Coach Sandy Botham/8th Season
School Record 113-86
Career Record 135-90/7
Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

FSU PROBABLE STARTERS
G 22 Shante Williams 8.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg
G 2 LaQuinta Neely 7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G 33 Tasheika Allen 22.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg
C 5 Trinetta Moore 5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
F 44 Lauren Bradley 5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg

UW-MILWAUKEE PROBABLE STARTERS
G 11 Aubrey Hampton 6.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg
G 23 Anne Witte 6.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg
C 24 Maria Viall 21.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg
F 5 Kimberly Becker 8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg
F 22 Nichole Drummond 6.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
Here's how the Seminoles and Panthers compare...
FSU PER GAME UWM
80.0 POINTS 66.7
.463 FG% .465
.350 3FG% .268
.580 FT% .620
44.5 REBOUNDS 36.7
16.5 ASSISTS 14.3
17.0 TURNOVERS 28.0
4.0 BLOCKS 0.6

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