Nov. 24, 2004
The 2-0 Florida State women’s basketball team, fresh off its 72-62 win at Florida, will host Appalachian State (1-1), Eastern Kentucky (2-1) and Miami-Ohio (2-0) in the 8th Annual Seminole Classic this weekend at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Appalachian State and Miami will get things started on Friday, Nov. 26th at 6 p.m. The Seminoles and Eastern Kentucky will follow at 8 p.m. Saturday’s action will be the consolation game at 6 p.m. and the championship game at 8 p.m.
“I’m really pleased with our progress, especially after all of the things this team has faced in the offseason,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It’s really nice to see them come together and play so hard and play with such unity.”
Friday’s game will be just the second meeting between FSU and Eastern Kentucky and the first since a 72-65 Seminole win on Dec. 8, 1991 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have faced Appalachian State three times and have a 2-1 series advantage. The last meeting between FSU and Appalachian State was a 96-57 Seminole win in Tallahassee on March 13, 1991 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. FSU has a 1-0 advantage over Miami with the sole meeting being a 89-68 Seminole win on Jan. 3, 1982. That game was played in a tournament in Miami, Fla. Appalachian State has earned a 67-62 win at the ACC’s Clemson already this season; Miami (OH) defeated Xavier, FSU’s season-opening opponent, in the first round of last year’s WNIT.
“We want to continue to get better and we feel that this Seminole Classic field is excellent,” Semrau said. “We really need to use this as an opportunity to really go hard. With two games in two days with not as much depth as we would like probably is going to be a challenge for us.”
2004 SEMINOLE CLASSIC Friday, November 26 6 p.m. Appalachian St. vs. Miami 8 p.m. Florida State vs. Eastern Kentucky Saturday, November 27 6 p.m. Consolation Game 8 p.m. Championship Game Donald L. Tucker Center Tallahassee, FL WFLA Radio AM 1270 seminoles.com Ryan Pensy (play-by-play), Jamie Hovda (color)
FSU win over Florida marked the first time in the Sue Semrau era that the Tribe has beaten the Gators. Prior to Monday’s victory, the last time FSU beat UF was in overtime (90-78)Dec. 15, 1991. The last time FSU beat UF in Gainesville was Dec. 17, 1990 (79-78).
Talk about balance. Five different Seminoles are averaging 10 or more points for the Seminoles through the first two games. Two different players have led the team in scoring in the first two games and in the rebounding department, it has been Ganiyat Adeduntan who has had 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively.
OFF THE BENCH PRODUCTION
In the past two games, it has been the first player off of the bench who has ended up leading the team in scoring. In the season-opener, it was Alicia Gladden with a career-high 17 points in 32 minutes. At Florida, it was Linnea Liljestrand with 20 points, just two shy of her career high, in 27 minutes of play.
LILJESTRAND LOVES THE ROAD
When Linnea Liljestrand gets on a roll, the senior gets on a roll. Liljestrand scored a game-high 20 points, just two shy of her career-high, in the win at Florida. Liljestrand has now scored in double figures 13 times in her career and has hit 20 or more points twice. She has had the best games of each season on the road. Her best outing in Tallahassee was her freshman year when she scored 15 points vs. UCF on Dec. 9, 2001.
Liljestrand Season-by-Season: Year Double-Figures Season-High 2001-02 Six Games 22 at Duke (2/21/-02) 2002-03 Three Games 19 at Clemson (1/30/03) 2003-04 Three Games 18 at Richmond (3/21/04) 2004-05 One Game 20 at Florida (11/22/04)
G-MO GETS HER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior wing Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Florida. It was just a matter of time for Adeduntan, who with a career-high 12 rebounds in the Xavier win to lead all players, was just one point shy of recording her first career double-double. In the second exhibition game this season, Adeduntan was one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards. Last year, FSU had four total double-doubles.
AVERAGING A DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Ganiyat Adeduntan ranks fourth on the team with 10.5 points per game but is first with 11.5 rebounds per game. She is the only Seminole to be averaging a double-double this season.
THERE’S MORE FROM WHERE THAT CAME FROM
As if Ganiyat Adeduntan isn’t already playing some good basketball, expect more this weekend and it seems that the Seminole Classic is her thing. Adeduntan has been named to the Seminole Classic All-Tournament team in each of the last two seasons. In her freshman year, she averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the Seminole Classic. Last season she averaged 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds but was 5-for-6 from three-point range.
TAKE IT AWAY
Sophomore guard Alicia Gladden recorded a career-high six steals in the Florida game as the Tribe recorded eight in all. Through the first two games, FSU is averaging 8.5 steals per game. Gladden has had the top two steals performances, adding four vs. Xavier.
FROM THE LINE
When Florida found itself down to the Seminoles by 24 points, the Gators decided to foul and put the Tribe at the line. It was the same tactic Wake Forest used last season when FSU went to the line 46 times. FSU attempted 35 free throws in the Florida game and made 20 of them. Although the Tribe has averaged 29.5 trips to the free throw line, the Seminoles have had their struggles from the charity stripe early on this season. Roneeka Hodges has made it to the line the most times at 12 but has made just two of them for 17 percent. LaQuinta Neely and Ganiyat Adeduntan are right behind Hodges at 11 attempts apiece. Neely is shooting 83 percent from the charity stripe while Adeduntan is at 55 percent. Last year, FSU attempted 30 or more free throws three times.
FEELING HER WAY
Roneeka Hodges, who sat out last season due to transfer rules, is getting re-aquainted with the basketball court. She is averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and is leading the team in field goal and free throw attempts this season. She scored a season-high 11 points at Florida and was second on the team with a season-high eight rebounds.
NINE STARTERS RETURNED
FSU’s first two opponents had nine returning starters combined. Xavier returned all five from a year ago, while the Gators returned four players from 2003-04. It’s a whole different story for Florida State. Just Alicia Gladden and LaQuinta Neely, who was starting before being sidelined for the year with a knee injury just after game six, are returning starters for the Tribe.
Florida State’s 2-0 record marks just the third time since 1997-98, the Sue Semrau era, that the Seminoles have started a season with two straight victories. The other times were in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
The Seminoles have now outrebounded their first two opponents. The Tribe had a 41-36 advantage over Florida – a team they matched up very well with. Five playeds grabbed four or more boards in teh contest. Despite being outsized by the Musketeers, the Seminoles outrebounded Xavier 44-33. Four different players had six or more rebounds in the effort. FSU held Xavier to just six offensive rebounds, just seven second-chance points and just two fast break points. Last season, FSU held an opponent to six or fewer offensive rebounds twice: vs. Harvard on Nov. 30, 2003 and vs. NC State on Jan. 19, 2004.
The Florida State defense is forcing opponents to turn over the ball an average of 18.5 times per game. On the offensive side, FSU had just 13 mishaps in the win vs. Xavier but turned the ball ove 19 times in a very physical game at Florida.
OVERCOMING THE THREE
FSU opponents are averaging 7.0 three-pointers made per game in the young season and averaging 18.5 attempts per game. FSU is averaging 2.5 made per game on 11.5 attempts per game.
ANTHONY SEES ACTION
FSU redshirt freshman Nikki Anthony saw nine minutes of action in the Florida game and had three rebounds a steal and one point. Anthony, who is a sophomore academically, is in her second season on the FSU volleyball team but first with the basketball team after practicing last season. She missed the season-opener because she was playing at the ACC Volleyball Tournament.