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Seminoles Head To Lipscomb For Non-Conference Tilt

Feb. 2, 2005

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The No. 24-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team (18-4, 5-3 ACC) will play a rare February non-conference game when the Seminoles face Lipscomb (10-7, 7-4 A-Sun) Thursday, February 3rd at 7 p.m. (Eastern). Tune in and listen to Ryan Pensy and Jenny Roulier on WFLA AM 1270 in Tallahassee or via the Internet at www.seminoles.com.

“It’s a little bit different this year because there are only 14 conference games, so rather than having two long bye weeks, I felt it was important for us to maintain our sharpness or in this case, to reestablish our sharpness at this time of year,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We will have another bye week where we will be able to get some rest but because we have non-conference games to get in, it just made more sense strategically to play a non-conference game at this time.”

The Seminoles are looking to regroup after consecutive ACC losses – the first time all season the Tribe has fallen in two straight contests.

“We’ve just have really spent a lot of time talking about getting our identity back, getting back to who we are,” Semrau said. “We are going to really work hard tomorrow night to reestablish ourselves on the defensive end of the floor. They’ve got a lot of very good shooters, a lot of very good passers and we’re going to really assert ourselves with our pressure defense again and try to also put a real emphasis on finishing the play. We haven’t done a good job on the boards. It will be our goal to do an exceptional job on the boards tomorrow night.”

Thursday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Florida State and Lipscomb of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The contest vs. the Lady Bison will be the Seminoles’ second of the season vs. a member of the A-Sun as the Tribe topped FAU 65-40 in December. Overall, FSU is 35-14 all-time vs. current A-Sun women’s basketball schools. FSU freshman Tiffiny Buckelew is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee. There are no Floridians on the Lipscomb roster.

The game will be crucial for both FSU and Lipscomb. The Seminoles have lost two straight games for the first time all season. The Lady Bisons are on a three-game skid for the first time this season. Lipscomb is 6-1 this season when playing at home.

Ganiyat Adeduntan has led the team in scoring in each of the last two games and is now third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.9 points per game. Leading scorer Roneeka Hodges, who ranks third in the ACC at 19.0 points per game, was held to just 11 points – an ACC season-low for the senior, in the Virginia loss. FSU is now fourth in the ACC standings with its 5-3 ACC record and has gone to No. 24 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls.

No. 24/24 SEMINOLES (18-4, 5-3 ACC)
at Lipscomb (10-7, 7-4 Atlantic Sun)
February 3, 2005 • Allen Arena • 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)
WFLA -AM 1270 • seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jenny Roulier

2004-05 Record 18-4, 5-3
2003-04 Final Record 15-15
Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season
School Record 110-114
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3
Conference Atlantic Coast
*Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee

2004-05 Record 10-7, 7-4
2003-04 Final Record 20-12
Head Coach Frank Bennett/25th Season
School Record 530-273
Career Record Same
Starters Returning/Lost 3/2
Conference Atlantic Sun

While the Lady Bisons, as a team, shoot just 64 percent from the charity stripe, senior wing Courtney Boynton is leading the nation in individual free throw shooting percentage. She is shooting 95.5 percent on 42-of-44 for the year.

Thursday's game is crucial for both FSU and Lipscomb. The Seminoles have lost two straight games for the first time all season. The Lady Bisons are on a three-game skid for the first time this season. Lipscomb is 6-1 at home this season.

Junior Ganiyat has now led the team in scoring in the last two games with 17 and 18 points, respectively, and three of the last four games and has scored in double figures in five straight contests. In the last five games, she is averaging 17.0 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game.

With a team-high 17 points at Miami and 18 points vs. Virginia, Ganiyat Adeduntan is now the third Seminole who has led the team in scoring in consecutive ball games. Roneeka Hodges has done it numerous times while Linnea Liljestrand led the Tribe at Montana with 12 points and vs. Colgate with 18 points.

FSU playing out of conference in February is rarer than one might think. In fact, when FSU travels to Lipscomb for its February 3rd meeting, it will be just the third time in the Sue Semrau era (since 1997-98) that the Seminoles have done so. The other times were losses: Feb. 11, 1999 at Florida (106-89) and Feb. 1, 2001 at Xavier (75-72).

While Linnea Liljestrand is having her best season from three-point land with a team-high 41 three-pointers, it is actually Roneeka Hodges who has the longest current streak. Hodges has made at least one three-pointer in the last 12 straight games while Liljestrand's streak is at 10 games.

Roneeka Hodges is the only Seminoles who has attempted 10 or more shots in every game this season. The senior averages 15.5 shot attempts per game. She has eclipsed the 20+ attempts mark three times but just once in ACC play with a season-high 26 attempts vs. Maryland. She had a career-high 39 points in that effort. Ganiyat Adeduntan has double digit attempts in the last five games, and in 10 games overall, and has, ironically, scored in double figures in the last five games. Overall, she has scored in double figures in eight of the 10 times she has attempted 10 or more shots.

After attempting a season-low five free throws in the Georgia Tech loss, the Seminoles have found a way to get to the free throw line in their last seven ACC contests and are now averaging 20.9 trips o the charity stripe per ACC game. Overall, FSU has attempted more free throws than its opponent in 16 games including six ACC games. In the last game, UVA went to the line 28 times to FSU's 24.

UVA made more free throws and more three-pointers than the Seminoles in the Cavaliers' win. It was the first time all season that an opponent has made more free throws and more three-pointers than FSU in the same game.

For just the fifth time this season and the first time in ACC play, FSU had single-digit assists with just nine in the loss to Virginia. Prior to that game, the last time the Tribe had fewer than 10 assists in a game was the Towson game back on December 20th - 12 games ago.

The Seminoles have now been outrebounded in the last five straight games. UVA outrebounded the Tribe by 17 - marking the second time in ACC play this season that an opponent has outrebounded FSU by double digits. Both times have been losses (by 11 to Georgia Tech was the other). In fact, FSU has been outrebounded by double digits in four games overall and is 1-3 in those games.

LaQuinta Neely had averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the two games prior to the UVA game but managed just four points vs. the Cavaliers. Perhaps the reason was that she was just 1 for 2 from the field. She did manage to get to the free throw line three times for the third straight game though.

FSU trailed by just two, 29-27, to Virginia at halftime. It was the first time in six games the Tribe trailed at the break but the seventh time overall. FSU trailed at halftime in the five straight games prior to the Clemson road win. In the seven games in which FSU has trailed at halftime, it has never been by more than seven points and the Tribe has come back and won four of them.

When Virginia scored 77 points on the Seminoles, it marked the sixth time this season that an opponent has scored 70 or more points vs. the Tribe but the first time the foe has won the game. One of FSU's goals this season is to hold its opponent under 60 points. The Tribe has been pretty successful in that venture as the Seminoles have held 13 foes to 60 or fewer points. FSU has allowed 70 or more points just six times this season, including three overtime games, and five of them have been wins: UT-Arlington (72-70), Charlotte (83-72), Maryland (95-91), UNC (79-73), Va.Tech 81-78. FSU is allowing opponents 60.4 points per game -- a mark that ranks sixth in the ACC in scoring defense.

With five steals in the loss to Virginia, Alicia Gladden now has 77 steals which ranks third on FSU's Top 10 list for steals in a single season. The all-time record is 96 steals in 27 games by Tia Paschal in 1992-93.

As of February 1st, Alicia Gladden's 77 steals is the third most steals by a Division I player this season. She trails just Melanie Boeglin of Indiana St. (82) and Kristen Boone of UNC Greensboro (80). She is 10th nationally in steals per game average.
Roneeka Hodges 19.0 points per game ranks tied for 23rd.

The Seminoles have been to the free throw line 120 more times than their opponents this season. Roneeka Hodges has been there the most with 103 attempts but is second on the team for most made with 60. Alicia Gladden is second with 87 attempts and has madea team-high 63. All 10 Seminoles have attempted at least four free throws this year and five players have scored 20 or more points from the charity stripe. Holly Johnson leads the team at 84 percent.

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