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FSU Women’s Basketball To Host FAU Wednesday

Dec. 14, 2004

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The Florida State women’s basketball team will play its first of two straight home games on Wednesday, December 15th when the 6-0 Seminoles play host to the Florida Atlantic Lady Owls (1-6) at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

“It will be nice to come back and play at home and get another game under our belt after finals,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I’m really looking at how our team will respond and how we are continuing to develop as a basketball team.”

The Seminoles are coming off of a 62-44 win at New Orleans on Sunday. Senior Roneeka Hodges, who graduated from FSU on Saturday, Dec. 11th, led the team in scoring for the fourth straight game with a game-high 17 points. With five rebounds each, Hodges, LaQuinta Neely and Alicia Gladden led the way on the boards. FSU has now outrebounded all six of its opponents this season and UNO was the fourth opponent the Tribe has outrebounded by double digits.

Wednesday’s game will be the eighth meeting between Florida State and Florida Atlantic but first since December 18, 1996 which is prior to the arrival of both current head coaches, Sue Semrau and Chancellor Dugan. FSU has a 5-2 advantage in the series, including four wins in Tallahassee. FAU will be the third of four instate opponents the Seminoles will face this season. FSU is already 2-0 this season vs. Florida schools with wins over Florida and FAMU. Overall, FSU is 146-71 all-time vs. opponents from the state of Florida (four-year schools).

“Playing a team in the state is always exciting for our players and for our program,” Semrau said. “At FAU, they’re very athletic and they play something different than we’ve ever seen before, so we are going to have to be ready for it.”

Florida State’s 6-0 record is the program’s best start since 1981-82 when the Seminoles finished 28-10. That year, FSU won 16 of its first 17 games. That lone loss occurred in Game 7, so if the Seminoles beat FAU on Wednesday, it will be the Tribe’s first 7-0 start in program history.

“I’m pleased that we haven’t been beaten yet,” Semrau said. “I’m also pleased that we’re not anywhere near where we are going to be and I think this is a team that really realizes that. We’re not a team that is sitting back and saying `Oh, isn’t this a great start?’ We are saying `Where do we want to be and what do we have to do to get there?’ I have liked that personality about this team.”

After Wednesday’s game, the Seminoles will return to action on Saturday when they host UT-Arlington at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on Sunshine Network.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Donald L. Tucker Center • Tallahassee, FL
WFLA AM 1270 •
Ryan Pensy (play-by-play), Jamie Hovda (color)


1986-87 L 38-42 (A)
1991-92 W 96-64 (H)
1992-93 W 97-67 (H)
1993-94 L 64-67 (A)
1994-95 W 69-55 (H)
1995-96 W 69-46 (A)
1996-97 W 79-63 (H)

Here’s a statistical look at how the Seminoles and the Lady Owls match up:

71.2 points 69.3
.458 fg % .374
.351 3-pt fg % .368
.657 ft % .648
42.2 rebounds 38.0
14.5 assists 14.3
16.5 turnovers 20.0
8.3 steals 9.3
4.0 blocks 3.0

The New Orleans game began quite a stretch for the Seminoles. When the Seminoles faced the Privateers, it was the first of nine games over the next 19 days.

Florida State’s 6-0 start is the program’s best start since 1981-82 when the Seminoles finished 28-10. That year, FSU won 16 of its first 17 games. That lone loss occurred in Game 7, so if the Seminoles beat FAU on Wednesday, it will be the Tribe’s first 7-0 start in program history.

For the first time this season, just two Seminoles managed double figures in a game and it just happened to be the senior captains. Roneeka Hodges led all players in scoring with 17 points while Linnea Liljestrand had 14 points in the win at New Orleans. In every other game, at least three Seminoles have tallied double digits.

For the second time this season, FSU recorded more assists than turnovers in a game. At New Orleans, the Tribe turned in 15 assists while recording a season-low 11 turnovers. In the Miami Ohio game, it was 19 to 14. The 11 mishaps at New Orleans was the fewest turnovers FSU has had in a game since recording last year’s season low of nine in the win vs. Wake Forest on February 16th. FSU had 11 or fewer turnovers in a game just twice last year.

Ever so quietly, senior Linnea Liljestrand has become a leader for the Seminoles. Already a team captain off the court, Liljestrand has also been showing the way on the court this year. She has recorded double figures in four games this year – including the last three straight games. She has already surpassed the number of double digit games she had last year (3). She also had three double-figure games as a sophomore and a career-high six such games as a rookie in 2001-02. She also has a team-high 14 three-pointers which is one more than last year’s total of 13. The most three-pointers Liljestrand has had in a season is 28 as a freshman.

Thanks to 25 three-pointers in the past three games, FSU has recorded seven more three-pointers than its opponents with 34. As a comparison, after six games last year, the Seminoles had 27 three-pointers. FSU has had seven or more three-pointers in a game in the last three straight games. The Tribe managed seven or more treys in a game just once last season and it was in the season-finale when they set an FSU record with 12 three-pointers.

After a year off due to transfer rules, Roneeka Hodges has found her comfort zone. In the last four games, the senior has averaged 18.8 points and 7.3 rebounds including 8-for-18 (.444) from the three-point line and 9-for-12 (.750) from the free throw line. In the first two games, she had respectable numbers with 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds but she struggled from the three-point line at 0-for-3 and turned in a dismal 2-for-12 (.167) performance from the free throw line.

Sophomore guard Alicia Gladden recorded a career-high six steals in the Florida game as the Tribe recorded eight in all. Gladden has led the team in steals in five games. Against Miami, she took a break from the steals and led the team in blocks with three instead. With a team-high 21 steals, she has 13 or more steals then anyone else and is averaging 3.5 per game.

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.

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.

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