March 1, 2003
The Florida State women’s basketball team (15-11, 7-8) looks to finish in a tie for third place in the ACC when the Seminoles host Clemson (13-13, 5-10) in the last regular-season game on Sunday, March 2nd at 1 p.m. The Seminoles and the rest of the ACC schools will head to Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday for the 2003 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Action begins on Friday, March 7th. Pairings for the tournament will be released on Tuesday. Back on January 30th, Florida State defeated Clemson for the first time since the 1991-92 season when the Seminoles came away with a 59-57 victory. It was the first time in the program’s history that FSU earned a victory at Clemson.
Sunday’s game will be televised regionally, including on Sunshine Network in the Tallahassee area. Prior to the 1 p.m. tipoff, the Seminoles will honor senior Katelyn Vujas as the contest will be the last regular-season home game.
IT’S SENIOR DAY
Although there has been two seniors on the roster all season long, FSU has made a request to the NCAA for another year of eligibility for Trinetta Moore. Therefore, the Seminoles will honor only Katelyn Vujas in pregame festivies on Sunday.
Clemson has a 23-2 series advantage over the Seminoles. FSU earned its first win since February 1, 1992 and its first win ever at Clemson when the Seminoles topped the Tigers 59-57 back on January 30th.
FLORIDA STATE PROBABLE STARTERS F 20 Katelyn Vujas 7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg C 5 Trinetta Moore 7.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg G 33 Tasheika Morris 14.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg G 11 Angela Sutton 4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg G 12 Holly Johnson 4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
CLEMSON PROBABLE STARTERS F 30 Julie Aderhold 8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg F 50 Tia Andrew 1.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg C 44` Amanda White 7.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg G 20 Kanetra Queen 3.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg G 32 Chrissy Floyd 17.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg
A CLOSER LOOK FSU vs. Clemson... ... in Tallahassee (1-10) ... in Clemson (1-11) ... at neutral sites (0-2) ... biggest win by margin (13 pts, 79-66 on Feb. 1, 1992 in Tallahassee) ... biggest loss by margin (54 pts, 80-26 on Feb. 7, 1994 in Clemson)
A COMPARISON FSU....per game....CLEMSON 65.0....points.......65.4 .401......fg %.......408 .268.....3 fg %......325 .663......ft % ......695 40.2......rebounds...38.5 11.3.....assists.....14.4 19.3.....turnovers...17.6 9.2......steals......6.9 3.7......blocks......4.7
MORRIS VS. CLEMSON
Junior Tasheika Morris has averaged a team-high 13 points and 8.3 rebounds in her three meetings with Clemson.
Linnea Liljestrand scored a game-high 19 points in just 13 minutes of play, including 17 straight in the second half, to lead the Seminoles from a nine-point deficit to a 59-57 victory over Clemson, marking the program’s first win at Clemson. After trailing 33-30 at halftime, Genesis Choice scored eight of FSU’s first 10 points in the second half, but the Seminoles found themselves down by nine at 49-40 with 11:46 remaining in the game. Enter Liljestrand. The sophomore guard, who had just two points in the first half, scored 15 unanswered points, including 4-for-5 from three-point range, before the Tigers even knew what hit them!
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING!
FSU’s win AT Clemson was the first for the Seminoles in school history. Clemson had won 23 of 24 meetings between the two schools. FSU’s only previous win was in the Seminoles’ first season in the ACC (1991-92) on February 1, 1992. Clemson had won 21 straight over the Tribe, including 10 straight in Clemson. Sue Semrau has now won at least one game vs. all eight ACC opponents.
FSU’s win at Clemson marked the only time this season that the Seminoles have won a game when trailing at halftime. FSU is now 1-7 on the year when trailing at the break.
DID YOU KNOW?
Linnea Liljestrand’s 19 points in the win at Clemson was the sophomore’s season-high. Her career-high is 22 vs. Duke last season. In the Duke and Clemson games, Liljestrand averaged a team-high 14.5 points, including 6-for-9 from three-point range, and shot an amazing 77 percent from the field. Liljestrand has scored in double figures in three games this season.
GENESIS WAS A FACTOR
Genesis Choice was a major contributor in FSU’s win at Clemson. The sophomore scored 13 points and shared team-high honors with seven rebounds while adding two blocks in 24 minutes of play off of the bench. It was the first time in 10 straight games that Choice has scored in double figures, but sixth time overall this season. She has ed the team in rebounding in six games.
OFF THE BENCH
FSU’s top two scorers in the Clemson win were players who did not start the game. FSU averages 22.4 points per game from players coming off the bench this season.