Nov. 21, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team will host Alabama State, Florida International and Georgia State in the 6th Annual Seminole Classic, Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The first game of the tournament will feature Georgia State and Florida International, both NCAA Tournament teams last season, at 6 p.m. on Friday while FSU and Alabama State will tip off at 8 p.m. The consolation and championship games will be played on Saturday at 6 and 8 p.m., respectively.
“I think it’s going to be a great way to open up,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “To have our tournament here and with two home games back-to-back in a familiar environment will be a good opportunity. We will be playing two great teams. Alabama State returns everybody from a 23-7 team last year and Georgia State and FIU were both NCAA Tournament teams last year. It’s going to be great competition to start us off and we’re anxious to get started.”
The Seminoles split their exhibition games, defeating Athletes In Action, 72-64, and falling to Premier Players, 84-79. Junior Tasheika Morris, who has been moved to wing this year from the post position, looked very impressive, averaging 23.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
“We played two exhibition games and we won one and lost won,” Morris said. “Even though they didn’t count, they really helped see where we are as a team. We still have a lot to work on, but we had a good week of practice. We just need to pick it up and get ready for the season, because the time is here.
“I am playing a new position, which makes me focus even more because it’s more difficult for me to play guard. I am enjoying it, but I need to pick it up as well, because these games do count, so you’ll be seeing a notch raised in my performance as well.”
To help local agencies and families in this time of need, the Florida State Women’s Basketball Team has partnered with the Second Harvest Food Bank to offer a food drive at the Seminole Classic this weekend. Anyone who brings in two canned food items will receive free admission.