Feb. 4, 2007
With the win at Miami last Thursday, the Florida State women’s basketball team (17-5) not only swept the Hurricanes for the second straight season, but also improved to a program-best 6-1 in the ACC. In a solid third place in the ACC, Florida State travels to Raleigh, N.C., to face the emerging NC State Wolfpack, winners of their last three straight games, on Monday, February 5th at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally, including FSN-Florida.
“NC State is very similar to our team in that they are a really gritty defensive team and they score in the 60’s,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I think it’s going be a great match up. It will be really emotional when we get up there with Coach Yow coming back. I know it’s an emotional time for them on a consistent basis but we’re so excited that she’s back and fighting that fight and we honor that. At the same time, it’s a basketball game and we’re really locked in to what we have to do to win this basketball game because it’s a big one for us.”
NC State is 12-1 at home this season with its only loss to No. 1 Duke. The Seminoles have won two straight themselves and are 4-0 on the road in the ACC this season and 8-3 overall this season away from Tallahassee. NC State is the only place FSU head coach Sue Semrau has not won at since arriving at Florida State in 1997-98. In fact, FSU has not won in Raleigh since the 1993-94 season.
The Wolfpack was picked to finish fourth in the ACC preseason poll while the Seminoles were right behind at fifth. NC State is led by Shayla Fields’ 10.4 points per game but she is the only player in double figures.
“NC State is very balanced with good inside play,” Semrau said. “There guards a just steady and contributing in a very balanced fashion. Again, they are similar to our team in that a different player can step up on a different night so it’s going to be an interesting match up.”