March 23, 2007
Photos by Brandon Goodman, FSU photographer
The Florida State women’s basketball team (24-9) are polishing up its dancing shoes for the next round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and will face No. 10-ranked LSU (28-7) Saturday, March 24th at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time in Sweet Sixteen action at the Fresno Regional. The game, which will be played at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., will be televised live on ESPN2 with Pam Ward, Jimmy Dykes and Beth Mowins. The game can also be heard in Tallahassee on WNLS AM 1270 or by accessing www.seminoles.com.
Saturday will be the sixth meeting between Florida State and LSU and the Tigers have a 3-2 series advantage. The series dates back to the 1989-90 season. FSU fell to LSU 68-65 on November 25, 1989 in Baton Rouge at the LSU Crawfish Classic. The last time these two met was on a neutral site on December 27, 2003 in Atlanta, Ga. as part of the ACC/SEC Shootout. The Tigers topped the Seminoles 75-68.
Both Alicia Gladden and Shante Williams played on the Seminole team that fell to LSU in 2003. Both started the game. Gladden scored six points and had five rebounds while Williams nearly had a double-double with five points, nine assists and 11 rebounds. No current member of LSU’s team played in that game.
LSU is the fourth SEC team FSU will have faced this season. The Seminoles had an 86-66 win over rival-Florida and lost at Mississippi State 65-60 in OT and 70-65 vs. then No. 16 Georgia. The last time FSU played four SEC teams in the same season was in 1990-91. The Seminoles are 40-88 all-time vs. current SEC teams.
2007 NCAA Women’s Fresno Regional
Saturday, March 24 – Save Mart Center – Fresno, Calif.
Florida State Seminoles (No. 10 Seed) Open Practice Quotes
Sue Semrau Head Coach
“We are extremely excited to compete against LSU. They are very talented team and our players know a lot of LSU players so it should make for an interesting game.”
On Sylvia Fowles
“I don’t think we’ve seen a player of her caliber yet. She is a tremendous athlete with great size. She is a tremendous rebounder and good scorer. She’s definitely going to get a lot of our attention.”
On Kay Yow
“Absolutely incredible. Kay has very strong faith, and she has been very outspoken about it. We got to see her faith in action with her 700th win and the emotion that came with that.”
On Alicia Gladden
“She leads by example in everything she does on the court and in the classroom. She is steady and we can always count on her. I don’t expect her to do anything less than what she hasn’t already done.”
“LSU’s defense is one of the best in the nation. We’ve got to find a way to score against them. There are a lot of different factors that are go¬ing into this game.”
Alicia Gladden Guard
“It has been a great four years and a great experience. I have tried to learn from the seniors before me. I just try to lead by example. Each year I learn something new and I just want to lead this team to a national championship.”
On playing defense
“I came in and they told me to play defense so I did and I just got better at it. Defense wins games too, it fuels the offense.”
On Sylvia Fowles
“She will be a big challenge. She is a big player so most of our focus will be on her as the top rebounder and scorer.”
On progress of program
“It has come a long way from my freshman year. We went to the NIT and we thought that was a big step. Now we are a NCAA team and we’ve just gotten better each year.”
Mara Freshour Guard
“It’s been fun, a great experience. It has been a lot of business too. We’re trying to have fun, we went to the mall, but making sure our legs stay fresh.”