Nov. 28, 2000
ORLANDO, Fla. –
The 3-1 Florida State women’s basketball team will face the UCF Golden Knights (1-2) Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be aired live on Sunshine Network.
The Seminoles are coming off an impressive 77-57 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday. The victory gave FSU its first Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic title in the tourney’s four-year existence. Junior April Traylor, who averaged 16.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in the tournament, earned Most Valuable Player honors while sophomore Katelyn Vujas, who led the team with 14 points in the Chicago State game, was named to the All-Tournament Team.
FSU’s three wins have all come at home and Head Coach Sue Semrau and the Seminoles looking forward to an opportunity to notch their first road win.
“We want to learn how to play well on the road,” Semrau said, “and we didn’t in our first road game down at Florida. We want to establish the kind of tradition that we play as well on the road as we do at home. Especially with a veteran team, we can expect that.”
The Golden Knights won their home opener 59-49 over Wofford College but have lost two straight games. UCF is led by freshman Adrienne Billings who averages 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
“UCF is a quality opponent,” Semrau said. “They have a great post player in Adrienne Billings who is leading them in scoring and rebounding. They don’t have as much size as we do, so we hope to take advantage of them on the inside in that way. We are looking forward to it and I think it will be a really important game for us tonight.”
Florida State has been able to use its depth in the first four games. Nine players are averaging double-digits in minutes and a different player has stepped up to lead the team in scoring in all four games.
“Surprisingly enough, even though we’ve had injuries, they’ve (injured players Shinikki Whiting and Lauren Bradley) come back extremely well-conditioned and have been able to give us quality minutes,” Semrau said. “Two weeks down the road, we’ll get Molly (Beal) back and we’re excited about having even more depth at the guard position.”
FSU holds a 6-2 series advantage over UCF, but the two teams have not played since the 1996-97 season. FSU is 5-0 at home vs. the Golden Knights, but 0-2 in games played in Orlando.