Feb. 18, 2006
After leading FSU with 20 points in the Miami win, senior Holly Johnson celebrated by leading the band following the game but the Seminoles were allowed to celebrate about five minutes once they got to the locker room because Florida State (16-8, 7-4 ACC) will depart for Clemson, S.C., Saturday afternoon and will play the Clemson Tigers (8-17, 2-9 ACC) on their home court Sunday, February 19th at 3 p.m. The game will be an Internet broadcast only at www.seminole.com.
“We gave the team the Clemson scouting report tonight,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Obviously we’ll be somewhat familiar since we’ve played them before but that was a long time ago. I really trust my team to study that and be prepared for Saturday where we’ll have a very light practice but we’ll be going through Clemson’s sets and get mentally prepared and try to take care of their bodies before we play a 3:00 game on Sunday.”
The Seminoles are in sole possession of fourth place in the ACC after beating Miami for the second time in eight days with a 68-61 victory Friday night in Tallahassee. With seven ACC wins, FSU has now earned seven or more league victories in four straight seasons. FSU now has sweeps over Miami and Virginia this season and could earn its third with a win at Clemson.
Alicia Gladden continues to pace the Seminoles with eight straight games with double figures and FSU has outrebounded its last five ACC opponents and seven of the last eight. After a six-game double-figure scoring drought, Ganiyat Adeduntan has scored in double figures in three straight games. Holly Johnson is on a six-game double figure scoring streak, including 20 points in the Miami win, and has led FSU in scoring in the team’s last three wins.
FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until 2002-03. Now the Tribe has won seven straight over the Tigers. The series stands at 23-8 in Clemson’s favor. FSU’s first win vs. Clemson was back in the Seminoles’ first season in the ACC. FSU won that game 79-66 in Tallahassee on February 1, 1992. The two teams first met in the 1980-81 season – a 78-59 Tiger win at the MUW Christmas Tournament in Columbus, Mississippi. The series was renewed when FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92. In FSU’s victory over Clemson back on January 19th, the Tribe outrebounded the Tigers by 18 boards.
When FSU and Clemson met the first time this season, the Tigers were coming off of a 75-68 win over Georgia Tech. The FSU loss was the first of seven straight losses for Clemson. The Tigers two wins in league play have both been at home. The Seminoles, on the other hand, were coming off of a 77-57 loss at Maryland and including the Clemson win, have gone 6-2. Three of FSU’s seven ACC wins have been on the road.