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No. 25 Seminoles To Face No. 21 NC State Thursday

Feb. 16, 2005

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The No. 25-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team (21-5, 7-4) will travel to Raleigh, N.C., for a 7 p.m. match up Thursday with No. 21 NC State (18-5, 7-3). The game, which will be televised regionally including Sun Sports in the state of Florida, will feature two teams currently battling for third place in the ACC.

“NC State is a half game ahead of us in the ACC standings,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They are one of the best defensive teams that we will face all year. We are really going to have to work hard to find ways to score against them. They are very physical. They have a dominant post player on the inside. We’re going have to equal their intensity on the defensive end of the floor in order to win the game. They’re very talented and they work very hard.”

The Seminoles are coming off a thrilling come-from-behind 71-69 victory at Wake Forest in which Holly Johnson hit the game-winner with two seconds remaining in the game.

“Holly’s our floor leader,” Semrau said. “She’s a great director. She’s got a great head on her shoulders. They talked about the making of a quarterback during the Pro Bowl and I thought about it. Peyton Manning has a head and they put him at the head. Holly Johnson has a head and she just knows the right thing to do. She has really developed as a leader to get the other players in the right positions in order to make us more effective.”

Both teams have won seven of their last 10 games. NC State has won three straight ACC games, including two on the road. Ironically, the Wolfpack has a better ACC road record at 4-1 than its ACC home record at 3-2.

The Seminoles are 3-2 on the road in ACC play this season and including Thursday’s game, will play two of their final three regular-season games away from Tallahassee.

Thursday’s game can also be heard on WFLA AM1270 in Tallahassee or via the Internet at www.seminoles.com.

No. 25 SEMINOLES (21-5, 7-4 ACC)
at No. 21/24 NC State (18-5, 7-3 ACC)
February 17, 2005 • Reynolds Coliseum • 7:00 p.m.
Sun Sports • Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli
WFLA -AM 1270 • seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jenny Roulier

2004-05 Record 21-5, 7-4 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 15-15
Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record 113-115
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3
Conference Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee

2004-05 Record 18-5, 7-3 ACC
2003-04 Final Record 17-15
Head Coach Kay Yow/30th Season
School Record 614-286
Career Record 671-305/34th Season
Starters Returning/Lost 2/3
Conference Atlantic Coast

With FSU's dramatic come-from-behind win over Wake Forest, the Seminoles earned their seventh ACC win of the season thus assuring themselves at least a .500 record in the league. The victory was FSU's third ACC road win of the season. Both Roneeka Hodges (23.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg) and Ganiyat Adeduntan (19.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg) averaged a double-double for Florida State in the Tribe's two wins last week. At No. 25 this week, Florida State is among the Top 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll for the fifth straight week. Prior to this season, FSU had been ranked in the Coaches poll just seven weeks total in the history of the program.

• THE SERIES... NC State holds a 20-6 series advantage over Florida State, including a sweep last season. The series dates back to FSU's first season in the ACC - 1991-92. The three seasons prior to 2003-04, the two teams split, each winning on its own home court. NC State is the only ACC team (not including new teams Miami and Va. Tech) that Sue Semrau has not beaten on the road in her tenure.

When the ACC released the Florida State at NC State game on February 17th had been selected to be televised regionally, the Seminoles were happy because they are 5-1 in televised games this season.

Senior Roneeka Hodges has been a force for the Seminoles all season long and has scored in double figures in 25 of 26 games, including the last 24 straight games. She is especially effective against ranked opponents. In four games against ranked foes, Hodges has averaged 26.0 points per game on 51 percent shooting from the field and 45 percent shooting from three-point range. She has also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game. As a team, the Seminoles, who are 3-1 against ranked teams, have averaged 79.8 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field.

Both Roneeka Hodges and Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded double-doubles in FSU's win over Wake Forest. It was the second time this season that two players have had double-doubles in the same game and both have been wins. Against Louisville, it was Adeduntan (22 points, 12 rebounds) and Alicia Gladden (16 points, 11 rebounds) who led the team to victory.

For the second straight game, the same four Seminoles have scored in double figures. In both the Clemson and Wake Forest wins, Roneeka Hodges, Ganiyat Adeduntan, Alicia Gladden and Holly Johnson have managed double figures for the Tribe. Only Adeduntan has had back-to-back double-doubles. In FSU's last five ACC wins, four Seminoles have scored in double figures in each contest.

Holly Johnson has scored in double figures in the last two games and 11 games overall, including six ACC contests. The Seminoles have won every game that Johnson has scored double figures in.

FSU's 71-69 win at Wake marked the 12th time this season the Seminoles have scored 70 or more points in a game and the Tribe is a perfect 12-0 in those contests. FSU has scored in the 80's five times and in the 90's once this season. Only seven times this season has FSU allowed its opponent to score 70 or more points and only twice has the Tribe lost the game.

Alicia Gladden has gone a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the last two games. In the last three games combined, FSU has gone 40-for-46 for 87 percent. Gladden has led the way on 13-for-14. Interestingly, even though Ganiyat Adeduntan has averaged 19.0 ppg in the last three games, she has gone just 3-for-4 from the line.

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