“It does really make it fun to think of what it could be tomorrow night when everyone is back in town,” Semrau said. “It got loud last night when we made a run. That was part of the energy that our players needed and we need that tomorrow night.”
Florida State’s team chemistry has been an essential part of the team’s success thus far and the Noles are hoping it will carry them through another tough matchup with much at stake.
“The team chemistry has been really great this year. Everyone wants to play, but people are not putting themselves first, they’re putting the team first,” forward Ama Degbeon said. “Everyone has just bought in so much, it’s just such a great chemistry this year.”
“It’s so fun to coach when you have players that want the team to succeed no matter who gets the credit,” Semrau added. “You look at players who were the best where they came from and to be able to set aside their own personal credit and accomplishments for the team is what athletics are all about and those are the teams that are most successful.”
FSU’s size and athleticism will be a key factor in the contest. The Noles used tenacious crashing of the boards to overwhelm the Leathernecks in the first round and will attempt to repeat that success against the Tigers.
“It is going to be a tough match up,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said. “We have seen them play at a high level, and the film I got to watch showed a really talented team who plays very unselfish, they go deep into their bench, and are extremely athletic.
The Seminoles have been resilient at home all season and with one last opportunity to play in the Donald. L Tucker Center, hope to leave it all on the floor Sunday night.
“Hosting at home is a great accomplishment for us and we know that we play really well at home,” Slaughter said with a smile.
“I would just like to thank the city of Tallahassee. They’re tremendous. Every home game we have they’re here and it really pushes us to keep accomplishing.”