Nov. 6, 2005
The Florida State women’s basketball team will host EA Sports in exhibition action Monday, November 7th at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Fan Day festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the “Pre-game Tailgate with the Team” on the plaza outside of the Tucker Center.
EA Sports features former collegiate players from all over the country, including schools like Tennessee, Florida, Rutgers and NC State. Florida State will be the third of seven ACC schools that EA Sports will face. Duke defeated EA Sports 118-73 on November 2nd while North Carolina took a 96-85 win on November 3rd. EA Sports has also fallen to Shaw University (99-96 OT) and Georgia (100-80).
Monday’s contest will be the final exhibition game for the Seminoles before hosting Georgia Southern on Friday, November 19th in the season-opener. FSU beat Athletes In Action 73-60 on October 31st.
FSU will likely be without seniors Ganiyat Adeduntan (ankle) and LaQuinta Neely for the second straight game. Both have seen limited practice over the last several days while nursing injuries. There absence will once again allow the young players an opportunity to see playing time.
“We joke that we’ve got almost a Brady Bunch kind of team this year where you’ve got six, almost seven new players with Shante (Williams) returning, and then you’re eight that played on the team last year,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “That type of integration has been our biggest challenge early on. Not to mention the injuries that we’ve seen with Ganiyat who has had a high-ankle sprain which also resulted in a bit of a bone bruise that has kept her out a little bit longer than we would have anticipated. Nikki Anthony was out about eight days with an ankle sprain and LaQuinta Neely was out and is back half speed right now with a lower back spasm. Without those three in practice everyday, there hasn’t been that example that we would hope early on but the freshmen have gotten more reps and that’s been a good thing. So you can take the bad with the good.”