Jan. 29, 2003
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.
A CLOSER LOOK 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
THE LAST GAME AT CLEMSON
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.
CURRENT SEMINOLES VS. THE TIGERS
In two games vs. the Tigers, junior Tasheika Morris is averaging 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.
SHEIK’S ON A STREAK
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 GIVES A BOOST
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.