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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Dec. 13, 2002

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Wadsworth, Ohio, native Katelyn Vujas, a senior on the women’s basketball team, will be heading home this weekend. No not for Christmas break, even though the fall semester has ended, but because the Florida State Seminoles (5-1) will play at the University of Akron (1-5) on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Akron is just 13 miles from Wadsworth and Vujas’ family and friends can’t wait to see their hometown hero and the Seminoles.

“I’m so excited,” Vujas said. “I’ve been talking about this for the last two weeks. There’s going to be over 50 of my friends and family at the game. It’s just going to be exciting to play in front of my family and my hometown again. I haven’t been there in four years, so it’s going to be fun.”

The Seminoles, in honor of Vujas, will conduct a clinic at her elementary school, Sacred Heart, on Saturday morning.

“Doing the clinic will be nice, because it’s in my hometown and my little cousin will be able to be there,” Vujas said. “It’s always great to be able to give back to the community, and it will be extra special to give back to the community in which I grew up.”

Vujas, a three-year starter for Florida State, is averaging 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. She was Wadsworth High School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,127 points upon graduation in 1999 and was a two-time first team all-state selection as well as the most valuable player in the county her final two seasons.

Sunday’s game will be Florida State’s first meeting with Akron. Akron is a member of the Mid-American Conference. FSU is 5-1 all-time vs. teams in the MAC, but hasn’t played a team from that league since falling 86-80 at Northern Illinois on February 9, 1993. Ironically, Sue Semrau was an assistant coach at NIU at that time.

Florida State emphasizes defense and through their first six games, the Seminoles are averaging 12.0 steals per game. Here’s a statistical comparison between FSU and Akron:

75.8	points	52.2
.440	fg %	.355
.308	3-pt fg %	.277
.676	ft %	.609
43.5	rebounds	38.7
13.2	assists	12.7
21.0	turnovers	24.5
12.0	steals	7.2
3.2	blocks	1.3

… a 6-1 record.
… four straight wins for the first time since Dec. 9, 2001.
…a 23-14 record in the month of December in the Sue Semrau era (since 1997-98).
…a 19-9 record all-time vs. teams from Ohio.

…shot 41 percent or better from the field in its five wins.
…had 43 or more rebounds in four games.
…had double-digit assists in five games.
…had six blocks in two different games.
…had double-digit steals in four games.
…a 3-0 record this season when scoring 80 or more points and a 23-5 record in the Semrau era when scoring 80 or more points.

After its loss at Florida, FSU changed its starting line up and the Seminoles have won three straight games. It appears that the starting five of Holly Johnson, LaQuinta Neely, Tasheika Morris, Katelyn Vujas and Trinetta Moore is what we’ll see this season. Rookie Ganiyat Adeduntan started the first three games until she was replaced by Neely.

FSU’s 82-78 win at South Florida was the program’s first road win in nearly a year. Prior to USF, Florida State’s last road win was a 78-68 victory at IUPUI on December 21, 2001.

FSU’s 5-1 start this season marks the third consecutive year that the Seminoles have won five of their first six games. FSU went on to 10-2 starts in 2000-01 and 2001-02.

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