Dec. 30, 2004
FSU (12-1) VS. COLGATE (3-8)
Friday, December 31st – 2 p.m.
GENERALLY-SPEAKING… When the Seminoles host the Colgate Raiders, it will be FSU’s ninth game in 19 days. The Seminoles are 7-1 thus far with their first loss occurring Wednesday. The Tribe will have hade little rest, playing at 9 p.m. Wednesday in Montana, flying back to Tallahassee immediately following the game and returning to the court for Friday’s 2 p.m. tilt with Colgate.
THE SERIES… Friday’s game will be the first meeting between Florida State and Colgate. FSU has faced only one other current Patriot League team and that was back on January 2, 1983 when the Seminoles beat Army 69-60 in the Hurricane New Year’s Classic in Miami. FSU will have just one non-conference game remaining in the regular-season with a trip to Lipscomb on February 3rd.
Since the 1980-81 season (since dates have been kept in the records), Florida State is 12-12 in the last game of a calendar year. The Tribe has played four times before on New Year’s Eve, with the last time being a decade ago, and are 2-2 in those games.
12/31/82 vs. Nebraska 100-84, W 12/31/84 at Fordham 88-81, W 12/31/93 vs. Alabama 33-87, L 12/31/94 at New Orleans 67-75, L
BACK TO THREE
Led by Roneeka Hodges’ 17.5 points per game, three Seminoles are now averaging in double figures with two others knocking at the door at 9.5 and 9.0 ppg. Colgate also has three players averaging in double figures.
Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan has seen her scoring average rise nearly three points over the past week. Adeduntan entered the San Juan Shootout averaging 7.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Over the past five games, she’s averaged 14.4 points and a team-high 7.8 rebounds. Only Roneeka Hodges averaged more points at 16.6 and Alicia Gladden was just under in rebounding at 7.6 rpg.
Last year, the Seminoles earned their 12th victory of the season on Feb. 8th and didn’t reach 13 wins until February 16th versus Wake Forest.
STILL THE QUEEN
Senior Roneeka Hodges has scored in double figures 11 straight games and has led FSU in scoring nine games. She has 20+ points in four games. Only two other payers in the ACC have more 20+ games than Hodges in Miami’s Tamara James (6) and Duke’s Monique Curry (5).
Heading into the week, Alicia Gladden ranked No. 19 in the NCAA, averaging 3.6 steals per contest. Roneeka Hodges stacked up at No. 30 in the nation with 18.0 points per game. As a team, the Seminoles are No. 25 in scoring margin (+15.65) and No. 14 in rebounding margin (9.8).
FSU has now trailed at haftime in two straight games and three contests overall. The Seminoles are 2-1 when trailing at the break.
QUINT’S JUST RESTING
Junior LaQuinta Neely, who has missed the last two games, will likely be held out of Friday’s contest with Colgate. The guard is suffering from lower back pain and is being held out for precautionary reasons.
The Seminoles shot a season-high 93 percent (14-15) from the free throw line in the loss to Montana. That mark ranks as the fifth-best percentage in a single game in FSU history. The best a Sue Semrau-coached FSU team has shot is 94 percent vs. Maryland in 2001.
THE MONTANA GAME
FSU tied its season-low shooting .333 in the Montana loss. FSU also shot 33 percent in the season-opener vs. Xavier. The Tribe also attempted a season-low 45 shots in the game. FSU’s previous low was 50 shot attempts against UT-Arlington. The 49 points is also the fewest points FSU has scored this season. It’s previous low was 56 points in the Xavier game. The last time FSU scored fewer than 50 points in a game was when the Tribe managed 47 points in the 62-47 loss to Maryland in the ACC Tournament last season on March 6, 2004.
ONLY THE SECOND TIME
FSU was outrebounded by a season-high 12 boards with a season-low 27 rebounds in the Montana loss. It was the second time this season the Tribe has been outrebounded and both times, it has been by double figures. UT-Arlington outrebounded FSU by 11.
Alicia Gladden tied her career-high with six steals in the Montana game…she’s had four or more steals in eight games… FSU has made for or more three pointers in nine games…the Seminoles are a perfect 6-0 at home this season and have won their games by an average of 16.2 ppg…FSU will start ACC play on January 6th.