Jan. 24, 2003
The Florida State women’s basketball team, off to the program’s best start since 1990-91 with a 13-4 record overall and its best ACC start ever with a 5-1 record, hit the road for a meeting with No. 1 Duke (18-0, 6-0 ACC) on Sunday, January 26th at 2 p.m. The game can be heard locally on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet by accessing www.seminoles.com. The Seminoles, who have won three straight games, are the last ACC team to beat Duke on its home court.
Duke holds a 20-6 series advantage over Florida State, including three wins last season. The series dates back to FSU’s first season in the ACC – 1991-92.
Florida State Seminoles 2002-03 Record 13-4, 5-1 2001-02 Record 13-15 Head Coach Sue Semrau School Record/Year 73-86/6th Career Record/Year Same Starters Returning/Lost 2/3
Duke Blue Devils 2002-03 Record 18-0, 6-0 2001-02 Record 17-13 Head Coach Gail Goestenkors School Record/Yrs. 255-82/11th Career Record/Yrs. same Starters Returning/Lost 5/0
A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Blue Devils match up: FSU PER GAME DUKE 69.4 points 85.8 .432 fg % .471 .274 3-pt fg % .339 .679 ft % .723 40.5 rebounds 43.4 12.1 assists 19.9 19.3 turnovers 13.8 10.0 steals 13.7 4.0 blocks 4.7
THE LAST LEAGUE TEAM
With its 71-69 win over the Blue Devils on February 8, 2001, Florida State is the last ACC team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils have lost at home just once since with an overtime 87-81 loss to South Carolina on November 25, 2001.
THE 13-4 START
Florida State’s 13-4 record is the program’s best start since the 1990-91 season when the Seminoles sported a 14-3 record after 17 games and went on to a 25-7 finish which included a Metro Conference Tournament championship and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The 13 wins also ties FSU’s win total of last season. Prior to this season, FSU’s best start in the Sue Semrau era was in 2000-01 when the Tribe started 11-3, finished 19-12 and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade. That year, Florida State finished in a tie for third place in the ACC regular season after going 9-7 in league play after a 3-3 start after six games.
THE 5-1 RECORD
Florida State’s 5-1 ACC record is the best league start in the program’s history. The record also places the Seminoles in a tie for second place in the league. FSU has earned five or more ACC victories just five times since joining the league in 1991-92.
Duke will be the third ranked opponent Florida State has faced this season and all three have been ranked in the top 10. In fact, the Seminoles have the pleasure of playing the nation’s number one and number two teams after facing No. 2 Connecticut on December 30th. The last time FSU defeated a Top 5 opponent was February 8, 2001 when the Seminoles topped No. 4 Duke, 71-69, in Durham which is also the last time FSU has beaten a ranked foe. Sunday’s game will mark the first time the Seminoles have faced a No. 1 team in the Sue Semrau era, but the third time in ACC play. Back in 1991-92, FSU’s first season in the ACC, both Virginia and Maryland were ranked No. 1 when the Seminoles played them. Overall, FSU is 0-4 (since 1980-81) vs. the nation’s No. 1 team. Here’s a look:
February 24, 1984 vs. #1 Texas 43-89 (L) December 8, 1990 vs. #1 Virginia 72-92 (L) January 3, 1992 vs. #1 Virginia 60-87 (L) February 5, 1992 vs. #1 Maryland 70-101 (L)
TWO IN THE BOOKS
Trinetta Moore recorded her second career double-double, and second of the season, with a 10-point, 10-rebound performance in the win over Virginia. Overall, Moore has notched double digit points in five games, including four ACC games, and double digit rebounds in just the two games this season.
ON THE BOARDS
Florida State outrebounded Virginia by 19, marking the sixth time this season that FSU has outrebounded an opponent by double digits, and the second time in ACC play. Overall, FSU has outrebounded its opponent in 10 games this season, including four ACC opponents. North Carolina outrebounded Florida State by 14, the most of any Seminole opponent, but it was just the second time all season that it has been by double digits.