Dec. 17, 2004
The 7-0 Florida State women’s basketball team will return to action Saturday at 2 p.m when the Seminoles play host to 4-3 UT-Arlington at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles, who established the best start in program history with Wednesday’s 65-40 victory over FAU, will have their work cut out for them when they face the Lady Mavs.
“UT-Arlington is playing really good basketball,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They’re a very athletic team, picked to finish first in their conference and will do some things that again, we haven’t seen a lot of. It will be a really good contest for us. They have already beaten Kansas of the Big 12 and played a tight game with Villanova in the Big East. It will be a great challenge for us coming up, especially knowing what’s ahead for us to and in staying focused and locked in on what we need to do before we leave town for two weeks.”
Including Saturday’s game, the Tribe still has seven games remaining in the year 2004 with three contests next week in San Juan, Puerto Rico, two games at the Montana Invitational and a 2 p.m. tilt with Colgate on December 31st at home.
Against FAU, senior Roneeka Hodges led the team in scoring for the fifth straight game with a game-high 16 points. Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan was a bright spot for the Seminoles as she recorded her second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Florida State and UT-Arlington. In fact, FSU has faced a Southland Conference member only twice before with wins over Lamar (1991) and McNeese State (1991).
FSU (7-0) VS. UT-ARLINGTON (4-3)
Saturday, December 18, 2004 2:00 p.m.
Donald L. Tucker Center Tallahassee, FL
WFLA AM 1270 seminoles.com
Ryan Pensy (play-by-play), Jamie Hovda (color)
GENERALLY-SPEAKING… The Seminoles improved to a perfect 7-0 – the program’s best start ever – with a 65-40 win vs. Florida Atlantic Wednesday. Senior Roneeka Hodges led the team in scoring for the fifth straight game with a game-high 16 points. Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan was a bright spot for the Seminoles as she recorded her second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Florida State received five votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll this week. Including Saturday’s game, the Tribe still has seven games remaining in the year 2004 with three contests next week in San Juan, Puerto Rico, two games at the Montana Invitational and a 2 p.m. tilt with Colgate on December 31st at home.
THE SERIES… Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between Florida State and UT-Arlington. In fact, FSU has faced a Southland Conference member only twice before with wins over Lamar (1991) and McNeese State (1991).
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: First meeting
Here’s a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Lady Mavs match up:
FSU PER GAME UTA 70.3 points 55.9 .453 fg % .356 .337 3-pt fg % .291 .649 ft % .619 42.0 rebounds 40.3 14.3 assists 9.7 18.0 turnovers 17.3 8.9 steals 10.0 4.1 blocks 3.3
Florida State held the FAU Lady Owls to a season-low 40 points – 29.3 points below their season-average and to just 18 points in the second half. The last time an FAU team scored 40 points or under was back on Dec. 6, 1992 when the Owls fell 94-37 at Miami. The last time FSU held a team to 40 or fewer points was in last year’s season-opener when the Seminoles beat Savannah State 107-28.
PLEASE HOLD ON
The Seminoles recorded a season-high 27 turnovers in the win over FAU. The Seminoles had 27 or more turnovers in a game once last year with 28 in the 65-58 win over South Florida. Interestingly, the Seminoles went from their season-low to their season-high. In the win at New Orleans, FSU managed just 11 turnovers. Junior point guard Holly Johnson committed 10 of the 27 turnovers which was indicative of the kind of ball she’d been playing. In the previous 104 straight minutes of play, she had committed just two turnovers.
Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded her second career double-double in the FAU win with 14 points and 11 rebounds in just 25 minutes of play. The 14 points was a season-high and the second time this season she has tallied double figures. She has had double digit rebounds in three games – the most of any Seminole. As a team, FSU now has five double-doubles on the year after having just four total in 2003-04. Adeduntan and Alicia Gladden have two apiece, while Roneeka Hodges has the other.
WHAT A STEAL!
The Seminoles recorded a season-high 12 steals in the FAU win. In fact, FSU has had double-digit steals in each of the last two games with 11 at New Orleans. Last year, FSU had double digit steals in 11 games.
I GOT IT
The Seminoles outrebounded FAU by 14 – tying their season-high as the Tribe also outrebounded Miami Ohio by that many.
UNO – TRECE
The Seminoles struggled from the three-point line in the FAU win, connecting on one of just seven attempts. Only one other time this season has FSU failed to make more than one three-pointer in a game and that was in the season-opener. The Tribe must not have been feelin’ it, because the Seminoles attempted a season-low seven three-pointers in the game. The previous season-low was 11. Prior to the FAU game, Florida State had attempted 20 or more three-pointers in three straight games.
It’s true when they say Home Sweet Home because the Tribe has won five straight at the Tucker Center. The last time FSU won five straight at home was in 2000-01 when the Seminoles won their first six home games and finished the season 10-3 at home. FSU also advanced to the NCAA tournament second round that year. FSU has won its five home games by an average of 19.0 points per game.
Before the FAU game, the Seminoles had not trailed at all in the previous three home games and trailed 0-2 for just 23 seconds in the game at New Orleans. The Lady Owls led FSU twice at 3-2 and 10-9. In total time, however, it was just one minute and 45 seconds. So, in the last six games (240 minutes), FSU has trailed a total of four minutes.