Nov. 5, 2004
With just over three weeks of practice under its belt, the Florida State women’s basketball team will put its hard work to the test when the Seminoles host the Miami Suns in exhibition action on Sunday, November 7th at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Fan Day festivities will begin at Noon. An autograph session with the players and coaches will be held following the game.
In spite of the game being just an exhibition, the Seminoles are excited to play against someone besides each other and their scout team. The squad scrimmaged against its scout team during Thursday’s practice.
“I’m real excited because this gives us an opportunity to play against different people and see what we have to work on and what we are good at right now and things we need to improve on for when the season comes,” junior Ganiyat Adeduntan said. “Practice has been really great. The intensity level has been great everyday and we’ve been working really hard and I think that will show on Sunday.”
The Miami Suns is a team comprised of former collegiate players, including seven players who played their collegiate careers in the state of Florida. Sunday’s contest will be the third of eight games the squad will play. The Suns have lost to UCF (70-47), Miami (105-59) and Florida (95-41) this week.
With its personnel, Florida State will have a bit of a different look than in recent years and despite returning several players from last year’s team, the squad will have to overcome some inexperience. With the unexpected loss of Ronalda Pierce and the early graduation of Genesis Choice, FSU will feature a smaller line up. FSU will have some good size in the guard spots this year that coaches are hoping to take advantage of. Defense will be even more of a priority with the quickness that the team will have and working hard on the defensive end is going to predicate everything the Seminoles do.
“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to make this kind of adjustment with our personnel, but we have the mentality to do it this year and we will hit it head on,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “This is part of the leap that we need to make and the springboard that we will use into this next phase. It’s more of a mentality shift than anything and this group of players is more prepared as a whole than any to make an adjustment to an unforeseen situation.”
Position-wise, the Seminoles won’t be as true as they’ve been in the past. There will be several players who will show their versatility. Every player at the point guard position will also be able to play the two. Every two will also play the three or the one. The same thing will be true with the threes and fours.
“Our players are going to be so interchangeable that we won’t look at it so much as by position, but by personnel this year,” Semrau said.
“I’m enthusiastic and excited about playing on Sunday,” Lautsch said. “We’ve all practiced hard and we are going to show everybody what we can do. I’m also nervous for my first collegiate game. It’s a whole other level and a whole other side of competition. I think the first couple of exhibition games are going to be a real learning experience for me and Tiffiny (Buckelew). Even though we’ve been scrimmaging against each other, you’re never going to have that feeling of that first collegiate game you’ve ever played and I’m excited for that. I’m excited to work hard and do well on that level.”