Nov. 9, 2003
The Florida State women’s basketball team will play its second and final exhibition game on Monday, November 10th when the Seminoles welcome Team Concept to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free.
In their first exhibition game, the Seminoles were 93-84 winners over Premier Players. FSU shot 49 percent for the game, outrebounded Premier 52-37 and scored 54 of its 93 points in the paint. It was a strong performance considering the Seminoles had just 13 practices prior to the contest. The game also helped Coach Semrau to recognize the areas the team needs to key in on.
“The areas that we really felt like we needed to improve upon were especially our transition defense,” Semrau said, “and we really hadn’t had a lot of time to work on it, so we really emphasized that during the last week of practice. The other area, which is pretty normal early, is turnovers. That’s something again that when we are pushing the ball, we could probably expect some of that early but we have really been keying in on valuing the ball. If we don’t have silly turnovers, then our transition defense will be a lot better. I think those two factors go hand-and-hand. So we have been working on our offensive execution, valuing the basketball and our transition defense.”
The 93 points the Seminoles scored against Premier is the most points the women’s basketball team has scored since December 7, 2001 when the Tribe topped Jacksonville 97-51. Six different Seminoles scored nine or more points in the Premier game, led by Trinetta Moore’s 21 points. Senior Tasheika Allen added 17 while freshman Shante Williams had 13 points in 14 minutes of play. Even Coach Semrau was surprised by the Seminoles’ offensive production.
“I was pleasantly surprised, because we were able to put in fresh legs and stay running hard,” Semrau said. “Sometimes I think we get into a situation where we want to run but maybe our legs weren’t fresh. Since we were able to keep fresh legs in, I hope we can continue in that trend.”
The exhibition will be FSU’s last preseason game. Florida State will open the 2003-04 season on Sunday, November 23 vs. Savannah State at 1 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.