Aug. 13, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team released its 2002-03 schedule on Tuesday and the Seminoles will have their work cut out for them as they will play 12 games against teams who advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament, including a visit from defending national champion Connecticut on December 30th. This season’s slate is highlighted by games against teams from the SEC, Big Ten and Big East conferences as well as the opportunity to play five in-state opponents.
“Our schedule encompasses everything that is important in a schedule,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We have a very competitive non-conference schedule, both at home and on the road. Our schedule will also allow us to visit a different part of the country when we travel to Arizona where we plan to visit the Grand Canyon, which will be educational for our players. We will also have the opportunity to play near the hometowns of our seniors which is also a very important component of our program.”
The schedule includes 14 regular-season home dates, including the sixth annual Tallahassee Democrat Seminole Classic, which features Alabama State, Georgia State and Florida International. The Seminoles will also play in Akron, Ohio, near senior Katelyn Vujas’ hometown of Wadsworth and Tampa, Fla., near senior Shinikki Whiting’s hometown of Clearwater. Giving players the opportunity to play close to home is something Semrau has done for all of her seniors since coming to Florida State.
Coming off of a season that didn’t meet expectations, Florida State has, perhaps, the most talented and experienced team in the Sue Semrau era heading into 2002-03. Led by third team All-ACC player Tasheika Morris, who led the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game and in rebounding at 5.7 rebounds per game, the Seminoles have numerous offensive weapons and size in the middle, making them solid on both ends of the court. Senior returning starters Katelyn Vujas and Shinikki Whiting should provide leadership on and off the court. Vujas, who averaged 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds, is a finesse player who can go strong to the basket or hit the short jumper. Whiting is an explosive player offensively and although just 5-9, is one of the most aggressive on the boards and was second on the team at 5.1 rebounds per game while scoring 11.0 points per game.
FSU will have solid depth at every position with returnees sophomore center Genesis Choice, who started the last three games of the season, senior center Trinetta Moore and sophomore wing Linnea Liljestrand, who each played in at least 25 games last year. Junior post Lauren Bradley, although limited due to chronic knee problems, proved to be a spark at times last year and makes the most of the minutes she can play while sophomore guard LaQuinta Neely came on strong late in the season and showed that she can contribute at both the point and two-guard positions.
The key this season will be meshing the veteran talent with a highly touted group of newcomers. FSU’s 2002 recruiting class, including point guard Holly Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Hannah Linquist (Swannanoa, N.C.) and Ganiyat Adeduntan (Athens, Ga.), was ranked 9th in the nation by the Women’s Basketball Journal and 10th by the Blue Star Report. FSU also signed Francine Houston, who hails from Bradenton, Fla., in the spring. FSU coaches expect great things from the four newcomers. Johnson is expected to come in and contend for starting honors at the point guard position- an area the Seminoles have had some struggles with in recent years. Linquist brings added size to FSU’s inside game, while Adeduntan is an explosive scorer. Houston adds depth to the guard position and coaches are most impressed with her work ethic and energy. FSU will also welcome back junior wing Angela Sutton, who was a member of the team from 1998-2000. She will have two years of eligibility remaining.
A complete ACC Women’s Basketball Composite Schedule can be found on the league’s website at TheACC.com. FSU women’s basketball’s television schedule for the women’s basketball team will be released at a later date.