Feb. 8, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team is looking to snap an ACC three-game skid when the Seminoles (19-5, 5-4 ACC) play host to the Clemson Tigers (7-14, 1-8 ACC) Wednesday, February 9th at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet at www.seminoles.com.
With the win at Lipscomb just prior to the Duke contest, the Seminoles have not lost more than two straight games this season.
“Every team is going to go through a tough stretch,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We hadn’t had a time where we lost more than a game in a row until this stretch. It was actually good for our team to see how we would face that challenge. It’s another way that we can get a little bit tougher throughout the course of things. We certainly don’t want to extend that stretch by any means but again, going outside of conference was very good for us. Going up and playing at the No. 3 team in the country and really coming through that learning a lot of things, we feel better than we did before the stretch. Sometimes when you go through a stretch like that, it can tear on your confidence and it really hasn’t which I think is a compliment to the mentality that they’re building.”
Florida State’s first ACC road game of the season was at Clemson and the Seminoles came away with a 68-57 win. Roneeka Hodges had 24 points and a team-high nine rebounds in the contest while Holly Johnson had one of the best games of the season, tying her career-high with 15 points. She also added six rebounds and six assists. For Clemson, that loss began a current eight-game losing streak.
“Even though we’ve played Clemson already this season, they are starting different kids and doing some different things,” Semrau said. “In the ACC, night in and night out is a challenge.”
The Seminoles now have three players averaging in double figures. Hodges leads the way at 18.9 points per game while Alicia Gladden and Ganiyat Adeduntan follow at 12.0 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Clemson is led by Reggie Maddox who averages 9.8 points per game.
ROUND TWO WITH THE TIGERS SEMINOLES (19-5, 5-4 ACC) vs. Clemson (7-14, 1-8 ACC) February 9, 2005 The Tucker Center 7:00 p.m. WFLA -AM 1270 seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jamie Hovda
FLORIDA STATE 2004-05 Record 19-5, 5-4 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 15-15 Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season School Record 111-115 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3 Conference Atlantic Coast *Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee
CLEMSON 2004-05 Record 7-14, 1-8 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 17-12 Head Coach Jim Davis/18th Season School Record 354-191 Career Record 373-199/19th Season Starters Returning/Lost 2/3 Conference Atlantic Coast
THE STORY LINE
GENERALLY-SPEAKING…The Seminoles have lost their last three ACC games and are tied for fourth place in the ACC with Virginia and Maryland. FSU has fallen to No. 27 in the latest Associated Press poll. A new Coaches’ poll will be released late Tuesday. FSU is looking for its 20th victory of the season which mark the first 20-win season since 1990-91. Three Seminoles are averaging double figures for Florida State including Roneeka Hodges (18.9), Alicia Gladden (12.0) and Ganiyat Adeduntan (11.0). No one on Clemson’s team is in double figures for the season.
THE SERIES… Wednesday’s game will be the 30th meeting between Florida State and Clemson. FSU had beaten Clemson just once in 24 games until 2002-03. Now the Tribe has won five straight over the Tigers. The series stands at 23-6 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.
GOING FOR SIX
When FSU beat Clemson 68-57 back in January, it marked the Tribe’s fifth-straight victory over the Tigers. The only other ACC team FSU has a current five-game winning streak against is Wake Forest. Not including new ACC members Miami and Virginia Tech, FSU has never won six straight games over an ACC team. FSU did win five straight over Georgia Tech between 1990-00 and 2001-02.
HOLLY WAS JOLLY
Holly Johnson tied her career-high when she scored a season-high 15 points at Clemson. She also added six rebounds (season-high tying) and six assists. Johnson, who leads the team in free throw percentage at 85 percent, had a career night from the charity stripe. She went 8-for-9 — both career-bests.
STARTED A FLURRY
When FSU played at Clemson in its third ACC game of the season, but first on the road, Roneeka Hodges scored a game-high 24 points and led the team with nine rebounds. It wasn’t a season-high or anything, but it started quite a run for the senior. That game began a four game stretch in which Hodges scored 20+ points, including a career-high and school record 39 points in the win over Maryland.
SECOND HALF SUCCESS
Clemson was the last time ACC opponent Florida State has outscored in the second half. Even in the overtime wins, the Tribe either tied or scored fewer points in the second half than its opponent. At Clemson, FSU scored 40 second half points and held the Tigers to 34 points in the final 20 minutes. FSU scored 42 points in the second half in the next game vs. Maryland but has been held to 35 points or fewer in the second half in the past six straight games.
TIES THE MOST
FSU’s 19 wins matches the most wins Florida State has produced under Sue Semrau. In 2000-01, she led FSU to a 19-12 record – the program’s most wins since 1990-91. With one more win, Florida State will reach the 20-win mark for the first time since 1990-91 when the Seminoles went 25-7 and the first time since joining the ACC. If FSU were to record 20 or more wins this season, it would be just the fifth time in program history.
HALFTIME LEADS TO LOSS
FSU has now lost two ACC games after leading at halftime. The first was the loss at Miami when the Tribe had a 31-28 advantage at the break. The second was the Duke loss. FSU led 35-34. In the second half of both of those games, FSU was held to under 30 points scoring.
Alicia Gladden has scored points, she has rebounded and now she is dishing out assists. For the first time this season, she led the team in assists with four at Duke. The sophomore recorded a career-high six assists at Miami to rank second to LaQuinta Neely’s seven assists.
ADEDUNTAN PLAYING WELL
Junior Ganiyat has led the team in scoring in the last three ACC games with 17, 18 and 19 points, respectively, and had scored in double figures in six straight ACC games. She had just seven points at Lipscomb, but added 11 rebounds and four blocks to her five steals. Adeduntan has grabbed double-digit rebounds in six games and has been among the team leaders in rebounding 13 times this season. In the last six ACC games, Adeduntan is averaging 17.3 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game.