Nov. 13, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team will host EA Sports on Sunday, November 14th at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in the squad’s final exhibition game before the season-opener on Friday, November 19th.
“There’s a couple of different things that exhibitions do for teams,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “First and foremost it gives you a measuring stick for where you are with your team and really helps reveal the things that are most critical to prove prior to that regular season non-conference starting. Secondly, it puts you into an environment similar to a regular-season game. It helps players to get their nerves out and get a feel for the atmosphere. I know we looked a little fatigued in my mind in the first half of our first exhibition and a lot of it was pent up nerves for people who hadn’t played in awhile. Quint (Neely) and Roneeka (Hodges) said there were a lot of nerves having not played in a year, so these games help to get a rhythm for your team.”
The Seminoles enjoyed balanced scoring in their 88-50 win over Miami Suns in last Sunday’s exhibition game. The team was led in scoring by Holly Johnson and Alicia Gladden, who had 16 points each, but seven players overall scored eight points or more for Florida State including a total of five in double figures. The Tribe was, however, outrebounded in the contest and that was one of the things the team addressed this week in practice.
“Our glaring weakness after the first exhibition was our rebounding,” Semrau said, “so we’ve addressed that. We felt like we were staying on the strong side of the floor too long in help and we needed to release a little bit earlier. We did a lot of rebounding work, not just out of the dead ball situation, but live in the scrimmage giving them the opportunity to get immediate feedback. Secondly, we felt like we needed to address our conditioning just to continue the progress. We didn’t think we were in poor condition but knowing we can be a very good running team and a very good defensive team, we need to continue in that progress. We certainly don’t have everything in that we want in, so we’ve been able to implement new offense, new defense and things that are just a normal progression of a preseason.”
FSU will be the 13th of 15 teams EA Sports will play in exhibition action. EA Sports played games on each of the first 11 days of November and will play at Miami on Saturday before heading to Tallahassee. In its previous 11 games, EA Sports has managed just one victory with a 91-77 win over Mississippi State. The squad played defending national champion Connecticut close but fell 75-69. Overall, EA Sports will play six ACC teams.
Unlike the first exhibition game, Florida State will be at full strength on Sunday with a healthy freshman guard Tiffiny Buckelew, who was kept out with lower back pain last week, and freshman center Nikki Anthony, who is headed right to the arena upon her return from a two-game FSU volleyball road trip.
“It’s going to really a positive thing for both Nikki and Tiffiny to get an opportunity to play in a game,” Semrau said. “Both of them are still very fresh in the learning process. Nikki having limited team time with us will be a real positive addition once she gets a rhythm with our team. Tiffiny is growing as a typical freshman, learning tempo, learning a new style, learning people but I’m excited to see what she can do. It gives us some more depth off the bench and that’s going to be nice for the players that we have to be able to be a little bit more full strength.”
EA Sports Schedule/Results Date Opponents W/L Score 11/1 South Florida L 74-68 11/2 Georgia Tech L 78-73 11/3 Duke L 91-62 11/4 North Carolina L 101-69 11/5 Connecticut L 75-69 11/6 Mississippi L 109-67 11/7 Auburn L 84-56 11/8 Mississippi St. W 91-77 11/9 Alabama L 93-75 11/10 Georgia L 80-60 11/11 Vanderbilt L 81-72 11/13 Miami 11/14 Florida State 11/15 Florida 11/16 NC State