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Women’s Basketball Travels To Clemson For Key Thursday Night ACC Contest

Jan. 29, 2003


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The Florida State women’s basketball team will conclude the first round of ACC play when the Seminoles face Clemson on Thursday, January 30th at 7 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Seminoles are 13-5 overall and are in third place in the ACC with a 5-2 league mark. Clemson will enter Thursday’s game 11-7 overall and 3-4 in ACC play. The game will be broadcast locally on WFLA AM 1270 and can be heard via the Internet by accessing the video/audio page on www.seminoles.com.

FSU has beaten Clemson just once in 24 games and it was back in the Seminoles’ first season in the ACC. FSU won that game 79-66 in Tallahassee on February 1, 1992. The two teams first met in the 1980-81 season – a 78-59 Tiger win at the MUW Christmas Tournament in Columbus, Mississippi. The series was renewed when FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92. Clemson is the only league team that FSU hasn’t beaten at least once in the Sue Semrau era.

Florida State Seminoles:
2002-03 Record          13-4, 5-1
2001-02 Record          13-15
Head Coach              Sue Semrau
School Record/Year      73-86/6th
Career Record/Year      Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2/3

Clemson Tigers: 2002-03 Record 11-7, 3-4 2001-02 Record 17-12 Head Coach Jim Davis School Record/Yrs. 327-157/16th Career Record/Yrs. 346-165/17th Starters Returning/Lost 3/2

A COMPARISON Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Tigers match up: FSU PER GAME CU 65.5 points 66.6 .432 fg % .410 .274 3-pt fg % .308 .679 ft % .689 38.2 rebounds 39.9 11.4 assists 14.8 18.2 turnovers 17.6 9.4 steals 9.5 3.8 blocks 5.1

Florida State battled from 11 down with 3:35 remaining in the game to pull within two points with 16 seconds left, but Clemson edged the Seminoles, 74-70. FSU scored nine points in a 20-second period. The four-point margin tied the closest FSU has gotten to beating Clemson on its home court. Back in 1994-95, the Seminoles, who had lost by 54 at Littlejohn the year before, fell 72-68 to the Tigers.

In two games vs. the Tigers, junior Tasheika Morris is averaging 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

Tasheika Morris has now scored in double figures in 12 straight games – the longest current streak of any ACC player this season. Duke Alana Beard had the previous streak (18) before being held by the Seminoles to a season-low seven points. Clemson’s Chrissy Floyd is second on the list with 10 straight double-figure games.

Linnea Liljestrand has now scored in double figures against Duke in three straight games. The sophomore scored a career-high 22 against the Blue Devils last year, followed it with 13 in the ACC Tourney meeting and 10 in Sunday’s game.

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