Nov. 4, 2007
#19 Florida State vs. Michael T. White
Monday, November 5 l 7 pm
Donald L. Tucker Center l Tallahassee, Fla.
The Opening Tip: What You Need To Know
After opening up the exhibition season last Wednesday, the Florida State women’s basketball team plays its final warm up game on Monday at 7 p.m. against Michael T. White at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles picked up a victory in their first exhibition game, taking down DT3 89-61 on Wednesday.
Junior Britany Miller (Tallapoosa, Ga.) led the way with a game-high 24 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Rookie guard Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) had a great debut with seven points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Florida State is ranked 19th in both the preseason Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll.
Florida State Plays Final Exhibition Against Michael T. White
With its first live action of the season under it belt, the No. 19 Florida State women’s basketball team plays its final tune-up on Monday (November 5). The Seminoles take to the court at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 7 p.m. against Michael T. White. Monday’s opponent should offer more competition as the roster features three players from Tennessee as well as two from the ACC and Big East.
Inside Game Too Much For DT3 As Seminole Win 89-61
There was no answer for DT3 on the inside against the Seminoles as they cruised to an 89-61 victory on Wednesday night. Florida State held a 40-10 advantage in points in the paint and produced a 19-5 margin in second chance points. The Seminoles’ height advantage allowed them to shoot 55.9 (33-of-59) from the floor – compared to 32.1 percent for DT3 – and a 20-rebound advantage (46-26). Less than halfway through the opening stanza, the Seminoles built a double-digit lead (23-12). The lead climbed to as many as 15 in the first half, did not dip below double digits the last 22 minutes of the game and grew to as many as 30 on a pair of free throws by Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.).
Miller Leads Second Half Charge
DT3 could not match junior center Britany Miller on the inside, particularly in the second half. She scored 15 of her team-high 24 points in the last 20 minutes of the game. Twelve of those 15 points came directly from her six offensive rebounds in the second half. Miller was 11-of-14 from the floor and added a pair of blocks. Last season she was eighth in the ACC with a .513 field goal percentage.
TD A Threat From DT
Picking up where she left off last season, junior Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) was hot from the three-point line in the exhibition opener. She went 4-of-6 behind the arc as part of her 21 points on the night. As a team, the Seminoles hit 6-of-10 from downtown. A year ago, Davis-Cain was one off the school record with 52 three balls on a school record 181 attempts.
Freshour Provides All-Around Game
Perhaps the best complete game was turned in by junior guard Mara Freshour. She tossed in 15 points, which ranked third on the team, on 5-of-7 shooting – including 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 3-for-3 at the stripe. In addition, she grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and dished out four assists while playing a team-best 33 minutes.
Ward Gets Collegiate Career Off To Great Start
Even though she was playing in her first collegiate game, freshman guard Courtney Ward certainly did not look like a rookie at times. While it was just an exhibition, her game-high seven assists – which was just as many as DT3 dished out as a team – is as many as any Seminole dished out in a game last season. In addition to the assists, Ward did a good job of creating opportunities for herself as she took three lay-ups and got fouled on three other attempts when going to the rack.
Shot Selection Much Better For Seminoles
One thing the coaching staff was looking for the team to improve on this season was shot selection. It appeared that the Seminoles have made strides in that area during the first half of Wednesday’s exhibition. Florida State shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the floor and 80 percent (4-of-5) from three-point range. Britany Miller was 4-of-4 while Tanae Davis-Cain hit 3-for-4 from behind the arc. The Seminoles couldn’t miss at the start of the game as they hit their first seven shots and didn’t miss until the 14:51 mark.
Howard Provides Spark Off The Bench
There was more than one freshman who had a good debut on Wednesday night. Forward Antionette Howard (Snellville, Ga.) scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and nabbed two steals in just 18 minutes of play. Touted as the No. 41 player in the country last year, she calmly came into the game and knocked down her first shot – a 12 foot jumper on the baseline. In addition, she hit a team-best four free throws.