Dec. 19, 2006
The 10-2 Florida State Seminoles will need to rebound quickly from their 84-65 loss at Washington as they face the San Francisco Dons (3-8) Wednesday night at 10 p.m. EST at War Memorial Gymnasium. The contest will be the first between FSU and USF of the West Coast Conference. The last WCC school that FSU has faced was Saint Mary’s back on November 18, 2000. FSU beat Saint Mary’s 78-57 at the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Overall, FSU is 2-1 vs. current members of the WCC having also had two meetings with Pepperdine.
“The Washington game revealed a lot of things for us,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “As a team that’s going to have enough character to achieve the type of goals that we want to, we’re going to need to rebound quickly against a San Francisco team on their home court who has been playing teams very, very closely.We’re going to have to have a much more consistent effort, especially on the defensive rebounding end.”
Junior guard Shante Williams has now led the Seminoles in scoring in the last two games and three games overall this season. In the last two games alone, Williams is averaging a team-high 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds and has shot 71 percent from the free throw line on 10-of-14 from the charity stripe. The 14 free throw attempts in twice as many attempts from the line as anyone else on the team in the last two games. Williams has also averaged 3.0 assists but 7.0 turnovers with her aggressive play. The scrappy guard led the team with nine rebounds at Washington which is a season-high for Williams.
The Seminoles suffered 23 turnovers in the loss at Washingon, their second worst total of the season. FSU had a season-high 25 turnovers in the loss at Mississippi State which means in FSU’s two losses, the Tribe is averaging 24.5 turnovers per game. You take those two games away and FSU is averaging just 16.6 turnovers per game rather than the 17.8 turnovers the Seminoles are averaging with all 12 games combined.
FSU didn’t shoot poorly at Washington at 43 percent from the field, the Seminoles just didn’t shoot enough. The Seminoles made a season-low 23 field goals but also tied their season-low with just 54 shot attempts. FSU also attempted just 54 shots vs. Florida but made 29 of those. Heading into the UW game, FSU was averaging 61.2 shots per game.
Wednesday night’s game will be the last of the year 2006 for the Seminoles. FSU will not play again until the Seminoles host High Point on January 2nd at the Donald L. Tucker Center.