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Women’s Basketball Travels To New Orleans

Dec. 10, 2004


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The Florida State women’s basketball team will take its 5-0 record on the road when the Seminoles play at New Orleans (0-6) on Sunday, December 12th at 3 p.m. (Eastern). The Seminoles will be playing just their second road game of the season and first game since their Dec. 2nd home win over FAMU. Despite the 11-day stretch without a game due to final exams, the Seminoles still took advantage of that time to concentrate on some individual training and head coach Sue Semrau has been pleased.

“Contrary to what seems like a difficulty in having to come back after having a long layoff, I’ve never been so pleased with a team during finals week,” Semrau said. “We had a day off last Sunday and they came back and Monday and Tuesday, we had some of the best practices we’ve had. With the finals schedule the way it’s been, we got a lot of individual work done, a lot of shooting and limited team time together. Because we are going to have three games per week for three straight weeks, I think it’s a great thing that we had some time to put some new things in, some time to really go hard without worrying about their legs and also some time get some individual skill development. I’m really pleased with where we are right now and having two days still to practice before we play at New Orleans, I think we are in pretty good shape.”

Five Seminoles tallied double figures for the first time this season in FSU’s last game when the Seminoles topped FAMU 85-66 to move to a perfect 5-0. For the third straight game, Roneeka Hodges led the team in scoring with a game-high 19 points and Alicia Gladden added her second career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. The Tribe’s 5-0 record is the program’s best start since 1982-83.

Sunday’s game at New Orleans will be the sixth meeting between the Seminoles and the Privateers and the first since Dec. 20, 1995. UNO holds a 3-2 advantage in the series and is 2-0 in games played in New Orleans. FSU maintains a 17-11 record against current opponents in the Sun Belt Conference. The Seminoles last played a Sun Belt team when the Tribe topped South Alabama 67-61 on March 17, 2004 in the first round of the WNIT.

Hodges, a New Orleans native, will be heading home this weekend when the Seminoles face the Privateers. Ironically, though, her family will be in Tallahassee on Friday and Saturday watching Hodges graduate from FSU with a degree in social sciences.

“We’re all very excited to take Roneeka home because she’s meant so much to our team already in her short time here,” Semrau said. “It’s special for Roneeka, who basically spent her whole life in Louisiana before coming to Florida State, to be able to go home and be among family and friends. A lot of people who transfer will wait until their fifth year and really take it easy. For her to have stayed in the summer, trained and taken classes in order to graduate early is a real tribute to her hard work. It’s also exciting for her to be playing as well as she is.”

Despite New Orleans’ 0-6 record, Semrau and the Seminoles will not be taking the Privateers lightly.

“New Orleans has a new coach and a new system and with new coaches and new systems, it takes time,” Semrau said. “Over the course of time, you never know when it’s going to click for them so they are a team that people are going to have to be ready for throughout the course of the year.”

The New Orleans game, which will be an Internet broadcast only, will begin quite a stretch for the Seminoles. When FSU faces the Privateers, it will be the first of nine games over the next 19 days.

 FLORIDA STATE (5-0) AT NEW ORLEANS (0-6)
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Lakefront Arena • New Orleans, LA
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Ryan Pensy (play-by-play), Jamie Hovda (color)


IT’S BEEN A WHILE
After playing its first five games in a span of 14 days, when FSU faces New Orleans, it will be after an 11-day layoff. Due to finals’ week, the Seminoles have not played since Thursday, Dec. 2nd. It will also be 20 days since the Tribe last played on the road.


WHAT’S UP
The New Orleans game will begin quite a stretch for the Seminoles. When the Seminoles face the Privateers, it will be the first of nine games over the next 19 days.


A COMPARISON
Here’s a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Privateers match up:


FSU PER GAME UNO
73.0 points 46.7
.455 fg % .329
.351 3-pt fg % .254
.653 ft % .549
43.4 rebounds 38.7
14.4 assists 9.2
17.6 turnovers 26.8
7.8 steals 4.5
3.8 blocks 1.5


IT’S BEEN A WHILE
After playing its first five games in a span of 14 days, when FSU faces New Orleans, it will be after an 11-day layoff. Due to finals’ week, the Seminoles have not played since Thursday, Dec. 2nd. It will also be 20 days since the Tribe last played on the road.


WHAT’S UP
The New Orleans game will begin quite a stretch for the Seminoles. When the Seminoles face the Privateers, it will be the first of nine games over the next 19 days.


SUPER START
Florida State’s 5-0 start is the program’s best start since 1982-83 when the Seminoles finished 24-6 for an 80 percent winning percentage. Including this season, FSU has started 5-0 just three times in its 31-year history. The Seminoles did it in back-to-back season back in the `80’s as they also accomplished the feat in 1981-82.


HOME JAMES
New Orleans native Roneeka Hodges will be heading home this weekend when the Seminoles face the Privateers. Ironically, though, her family will be in Tallahassee on Friday and Saturday watching their daughter graduate from FSU with a degree in social sciences.


PULL THEM DOWN
Sophomore guard Alicia Gladden grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in the FAMU win. In fact, she already set her career-high in the first half with 11 boards in 18 minutes of play. The last time an FSU player recorded 18 or more rebounds in a game was when Levys Torres pulled down 18 vs. Wake Forest in 2001. An FSU player has recorded 18 or more rebounds in a game nine times (eight different players) in FSU history. Torres owns the record for single-game rebounds with 24 vs. Coppin State in 2000.


FIVE ALIVE
The FAMU win was the first time this season five different Seminoles scored in double figures in the same game. In the previous four contests, three players tallied double-digits.


FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Thanks to 18 three-pointers in the past two games, FSU has recorded 27 treys in its five games this season – two more than its opponents. The Seminoles, however, are not as far ahead in this department as you’d think. As a comparison, after five games last year, the Seminoles had 21 three-pointers.


YOWSA!
The Seminoles shot a season-high 85 percent (11-13) from the free throw line in the FAMU win. FSU has now shot 83 percent or better from the charity stripe in two games. Last year, FSU shot 83 percent or better from the free throw line in just two games and both were losses. The season-best was 15-for-17 for .882 at Duke. The Seminoles are shooting 65 percent from the free throw line on the season which is typical of an FSU team. The best an FSU team under Sue Semrau has shot from the free throw line is 70 percent in 2000-01. Take a look:


97-98 .634
98-99 .662
99-00 .649
00-01 .700
01-02 .675
02-03 .655
03-04 .651


TO THE LINE
The Seminoles have been to the free throw line 31 more times than their opponents this season. Roneeka Hodges has been there the most with 23 attempts. Gladden, who has made the most free throws at 12, has been there the second most with 17 attempts. All 10 Seminoles have attempted at least two free throws this year.


SHE’S A 10
Senior Linnea Liljestrand has a team-leading 10 three-pointers for FSU this season. She had a total of 13 in 2003-04. Her 63 points in the first five games is already more than she had all of last season (52). With three games in double figures, she already has as many double digit games as she did last year. She also had three double-figure games as a sophomore and a career-high six such games as a rookie in 2001-02.


HER DOUBLE, DOUBLE-DOUBLE
With 14 points and a career-high and game-high 18 rebounds, sophomore Alicia Gladden recorded her second double-double of the season (and of her career). Her first was in the Eastern Kentucky win.She’s the third Seminole to record a double-double this season but first to have multiple. Last season, FSU had four double-doubles but by four different players.


HOT HODGES
Senior Roneeka Hodges has now led the team in scoring in three straight games. After sharing honors with freshman Christie Lautsch with 16 in the EKU win, she has gone on to tally a career-high 23 points vs. Miami and 19 vs. FAMU.


TOSS IT OVER
Four different players have led the team in assists this season, but Holly Johnson has done it the most. With a team-high 19 assists, Johnson has been among the leaders in the category in four games.


A THREE FOR THREE
Tiffiny Buckelew, who wears No. 3, scored her first points as a Seminole in the FAMU game and ironically, it was a three-pointer.


CRAZY EIGHT-Y
The Seminoles have scored in the 80’s in their last two games. In fact, FSU’s 85 points in the win over FAMU was the most points the Tribe has scored in nearly a year. The last time FSU had 85 points or more was Dec. 21, 2003 when the Seminoles beat Fairleigh-Dickinson 88-77. In all, FSU scored 80 or more points seven times last year.


DEFENSE HOLD `EM
While the Seminoles are averaging 73.0 points per game, they are holding opponents to just 57.0 ppg. In fact, FSU has limited its opponents to 66 point or fewer in the first five game this season. Including this season, FSU has accomplished this feat seven different times in five different seasons since 1975-76. The last time FSU held its opponent to 66 points or less in five straight games was in the 1999-2000 season and the Seminoles went 3-2 in those games. The last time FSU held an opponent to 66 points or less in six or more games was in 1989-90 when FSU won seven straight twice. Take a look:

Year   Opp. 66 pts. or less  FSU record
2004-05   5 straight            5-0
1999-00   5 straight            3-2
1989-90   7 straight/twice      7-0/7-0
1982-83	  7 straight            6-1
1981-82	  5 straight/twice      4-1/5-0

LUCKY SEVEN
Of FSU’s 10 players, seven of them have tallied 10 or more points in a game at least once this season.

UNIFORMLY SPEAKING
Point guard Holly Johnson, who has averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and just 1.0 turnovers in 35.5 minutes per game over the last two contests, has scored in double figures in three games this season and each time, it has been 12 points. Ironically, the number on her uniform is No. 12. In each of the last two games, Johnson has been 5-for-13 from the field.

MAYBE IT’S THE ORANGE JUICE
FSU has outrebounded all five of its opponents this season and three have been by double digits. Both Sunshine State opponents, Florida and FAMU, however, kept it to single digits at five and eight, respectively.

HOW CONVINCING
FSU has won its last four games in convincing fashion with double-digit victories. The last time FSU won four games, in succession, by double digits was in 2002-03. FSU opened that year winning four of its first five and each was by double digits. UF, unfortunately, was the sore spot and beat FSU 80-69 in the third game of the season. The last time FSU had five or more successive wins by double digits was in 2000-01 when the Seminoles won eight of its first 10 games and all were by double figures.

PASS IT ON
In the Eastern Kentucky win, FSU recorded 17 assists which tied the previous two games combined. Now, FSU has had three straight games with double digit assists, including 19 in each of the last two games.

HIGHLY LIKELY
When the ball leaves Alicia Gladden’s hands, it is likely she is going to score because the sophomore guard is shooting a team-high 68 percent from the field (among players with 20 or more attempts). While she averages 12.8 points per game, good for second on the team, she is fifth on the squad with just 38 field goal attempts. Senior Roneeka Hodges leads the way with 65 shot attempts and 16 of those attempts have been from three-point land. Gladden has not attempted a three-pointer this year.

HOMELAND SECURITY
It’s true when they say Home Sweet Home because the Tribe has won four straight at the Tucker Center. The last time FSU won four straight at home was in 2000-01 when the Seminoles won their first six home games and finished the season 10-3 at home.

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