Nov. 30, 2004
The Florida State women’s basketball team will put its 4-0 record on the line when cross-town rival Florida A&M visits the Donald L. Tucker Center on Thursday, Dec. 2nd at 7 p.m. The Seminoles have a 21-8 advantage in the series with the Lady Rattlers but the two clubs have not met since the first game of the 1997-98 season. In fact, it was head coach Sue Semrau’s first game at the helm of the Florida State program when her Seminoles defeated the Lady Rattlers, 79-70.
“We haven’t had the opportunity to play Florida A&M since the civic center was considered a neutral site,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We were still playing in Tully Gymnasium back then and we’d play them at the civic center as the home team one year and then the away team the next time.
“I have so much respect for Coach Clark and what she’s done.” Semrau continued. “We’ve worked so well with them and their program. We’ve worked with them in recruiting, we’ve worked with them in scheduling and I think it will be a fun match-up not only for our staff and players, but for the community as well.”
FSU is 2-0 all-time vs. other current MEAC schools with wins over Coppin State and Howard. The last time FSU played a MEAC school was when the Tribe defeated Coppin State 86-49 in Tallahassee on December 28, 2000.
Led by senior Roneeka Hodges 14.8 points per game, four players are averaging double figures for the Seminoles. Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan is averaging a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game but the team is enjoying balance on the boards as well as four players are averaging 6.3 or more rebounds per game.
The Lady Rattlers, coached by Debra Clark, are led by junior guard/forward Quidara Russell who is averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. FAMU is 0-2 on the young season with losses at Kentucky (88-54) and at Mercer (59-47).
The Seminoles’ 4-0 record is the Tribe’s best start since the 2001-02 season. With a win over FAMU, the Tribe would have its best start in more than 20 years. The last time FSU started out a season 5-0 was in 1982-83.
FLORIDA STATE (4-0) vs. Florida A&M (0-2)
Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004
Donald L. Tucker Center Tallahassee, FL
WFLA Radio AM 1270 seminoles.com
Ryan Pensy (play-by-play), Jamie Hovda (color)
2004-05 Record 4-0
2003-04 Final Record 15-15
Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record 96-110
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3
Conference Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee
2004-05 Record 0-2
2003-04 Final Record 17-12
Head Coach Debra Clark
School Record 44-43/4th Season
Career Record 155-128/11th Season
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic
THE STORY LINE
GENERALLY-SPEAKING... Led by Seminole Classic Most Valuable Player Roneeka Hodges, who had a career-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, FSU took a 82-56 win over Miami Ohio (3-1) to earn its straight fifth straight Seminole Classic title. Linnea Liljestrand and Alicia Gladden were named to the all-tournament team. FSU's 4-0 start is the program's best since the 2001-02 season. With a win over FAMU, FSU would be 5-0 for just the third time in program history and the first time since the 1982-83 season.
THE SERIES... Thursday's game will be the 30th meeting between Florida State and Florida A&M but the first since the November 16, 1997 - head coach Sue Semrau's first game at the helm of the FSU program. Florida State won that meeting 79-70 and holds a 21-8 advantage in the series. FSU is 2-0 all-time vs. other current MEAC schools with wins over Coppin State and Howard. The last time FSU played a MEAC school was when the Tribe defeated Coppin State 86-49 in Tallahassee on December 28, 2000.
CATCH THE Sue Semrau SHOW
The first installment of the 2004-05 Sue Semrau Show will be aired on Saturday, Dec. 4th at 9:00 a.m. on Sunshine Network. Join host Ryan Pensy, the voice of FSU women's basketball, and Coach Sue Semrau as they take you through the first part of the season. A special segment, Hanging with Holly, features junior guard Holly Johnson who hopes to pursue a career in television.
Thursday's game with FAMU will be the Tribe's third straight home game and fourth of five games so far this year. In fact, six of FSU's first eight games this season are at the friendly confines of the Donald L. Tucker Center, including FAU (Dec. 15) and UT-Arlington (Dec. 18) still to come before Christmas. FSU was 9-5 at home last season, including 5-1 in nonconference play.
A BALANCING ACT
Led by senior Roneeka Hodges 14.8 points per game, four players are averaging double figures for the Seminoles. Hodges and Alicia Gladden have each led the team in scoring twice. For Hodges in has been the last two games. Freshman Christie Lautsch also got into the action tying Hodges with 16 points in the Eastern Kentucky win.Junior Ganiyat Adeduntan is averaging a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game but the team is enjoying balance on the boards as well as four players are averaging 6.3 or more rebounds per game.
The Seminoles' 4-0 record is the Tribe's best start since the 2001-02 season. With a win over FAMU, the Tribe would have its best start in more than 20 years. The last time FSU started out a season 5-0 was in 1982-83.
The Seminoles have led all 40 minutes in each of their last two games. In fact, the last time the Tribe trailed in a game was 0-2 at the 18:03 mark of the first half of the Florida game. At 18:02, the Tribe tied the game and went on a 9-0 run that gave the Seminoles a 9-2 lead that they would never relinquish.
BLOCK IT TO `EM
Florida State recorded 10 blocks in the Miami win, including a career-high three by Alicia Gladden. The 10 blocks is the second most blocks an FSU team has recorded in a single game. The single game record is 12 blocks set vs. Mercer on Nov. 17, 1978. The previous high in the Sue Semrau era was nine blocks vs. Mississippi on Nov. 26, 1997.
CAREER HIGH AND DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Roneeka Hodges scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Miami and added 12 rebounds for her first double double of her Seminole career. Her previous career-highs at LSU were 21 points and 15 rebounds. She had six double-doubles in her career at LSU.
ABOUT THOSE DOUBLE DOUBLES
With Roneeka Hodges double-double vs. Miami, the Seminoles, as a team, have now recorded three double-doubles this season. FSU managed just four double-double the entire year in 2003-04. Hodges joined Ganiyat Adeduntan and Alicia Gladden in the double-double department.
PASS IT ALONG
Junior guard Holly Johnson recorded a career-high eight assists in the Miami win - more than the RedHawks managed as a team! Even more impressive is that in a team-high 36 minutes of play, she had just one turnover. Johnson put it all together in the contest, tying her season-high with 12 points and grabbing a season-high six rebounds. Ironically, fellow junior LaQuinta Neely recorded her career high the game before with eight assists in the Eastern Kentucky win.
OFF ANOTHER'S MISFORTUNE
Florida State scored a season-high 24 points off of Miami's turnovers in its 82-56 victory. In fact, the Tribe is averaging 20 points per game off of turnovers. The Seminole defense is forcing 17.3 turnovers per game.
IN THE PAINT
While the Seminoles scored 30 points in three-pointers in the Miami win, they also had 30 points in the paint. Driving the lane is something the Seminoles are looking to do this season. The Tribe is averaging 29 points per game in the paint.
Two Seminoles have already reached the 20-point mark in a game this season. Linnea Liljestrand turned in 20 in the win at Florida while Roneeka Hodges recorded a career-high 23 points in the Miami win. The three-point line had something to do with those performances. In those two games, the duo was a combined 7-for-11 from three point range.