Feb. 12, 2005
After earning its 20th victory of the season Thursday, the No. 24 ranked Florida State women’s basketball team (20-5, 6-4 ACC) is looking to continue its momentum as the Seminoles play the first of two straight ACC road games Sunday with a 3 p.m. tip off at Wake Forest (13-9, 2-7 ACC) Sunday afternoon. The game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet at www.seminoles.com. Of FSU’s final four regular-season games, three will be road contests.
“We’ve had really focused practices,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We responded, after having a really focused game against Clemson, with even more hunger. Knowing what’s ahead with three of our four games on the road, it takes more focus than we’ve had to have in the past on the road. I feel like we are in a really good place right now. We’re healthy and we’ve been able to lighten up on them physically and they’ve continued to grow mentally and that’s a really good sign for what’s ahead.”
Wake Forest has struggled in ACC play and has lost four straight league games but the Demon Deacons have four players scoring in double figures and with 191 three-pointers, lead the ACC.
“Wake Forest poses probably one of the most difficult match ups we’ve seen,” Semrau said. “Like us, they don’t have a lot of size so we match up with them well, player-for-player but they shoot an awful lot of threes which is something we haven’t seen a lot of. So it will be something different for us to look at. We will look at doing some different things defensively to put us in a position to defend those threes. If we can rebound and take care of the basketball, then it should be great game.”
The Seminoles earned their sixth ACC win of the season and snapped a three-game ACC losing streak when they dominated Clemson, 82-61. FSU is ranked tied for No. 24 with NC State in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Three Seminoles are averaging double figures for Florida State including Roneeka Hodges (19.0), Alicia Gladden (12.2) and Ganiyat Adeduntan (11.4).
Sunday will be the 29th meeting between FSU and Wake Forest. The all-time series between Wake Forest and Florida State is knotted at 14-14, but the Seminoles have won five straight over the Demon Deacons. The series began in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC. Sue Semrau is 10-4 vs. Wake Forest. In her first season, she led the Seminoles to a sweep of the Deacons and has now done it three times.
BACK TO TOBACCO ROAD No. 24 SEMINOLES (20-5, 6-4 ACC) at Wake Forest (13-9, 2-7 ACC) February 13, 2005 Joel Coliseum 3:00 p.m. WFLA -AM 1270 seminoles.com - Ryan Pensy, Jamie Hovda
SEMINOLES 2004-05 Record 20-5, 6-4 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 15-15 Head Coach Sue Semrau/8th Season School Record 112-115 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 2*/3 Conference Atlantic Coast *Neely was a starter in 2003-04 before injuring knee
DEMON DEACONS 2004-05 Record 13-9, 2-7 ACC 2003-04 Final Record 12-17 Head Coach Mike Petersen/1st Season School Record 13-9 Career Record 201-136/12th Season Starters Returning/Lost 5/0 Conference Atlantic Coast
A LONG OVERDUE 20-WIN SEASON With its 82-61 victory over Clemson, FSU earned its 20th victory of the season. It was the first time since 1990-91 that FSU had earned 20 or more wins and just the fifth time ever in the program's history. In 2000-01, Sue Semrau was close when she led FSU to a 19-12 record.
Florida State's 20-Win Seasons: 1981-82 28-10 1982-83 24-6 1989-90 21-9 1990-91 25-7 2002-05 20-5
FSU tied its season-high with 10 three-pointers in the Clemson win. The Tribe also hit 10 treys in the Miami-Ohio win. The FSU record is 12 three-pointers in the 2003-04 finale vs. Richmond on March 21st. FSU has now recorded 129 three-pointers this season which is just six shy of the FSU single-season record of 135 made back in 2001-02. Last year, FSU hit 95 treys and just 84 the year before. The fewest three-pointers an FSU team has made in a single season wais 32 back in 1991-92.
THE GOOD HANDS PEOPLE
The Seminoles recorded a season-low 10 turnovers in the Clemson win. The previous low was 11 mishaps at New Orleans. It's the fewest turnovers FSU has had in a game since recording last year's season low of nine in the win vs. Wake Forest on February 16th. Point guard Holly Johnson, who had six assists, had just one turnover in 34 minutes of play. She has had one or none turnovers in nine games this season.
ASSISTS TO TURNOVERS
With 16 assists to 10 turnovers in the Clemson game, FSU recorded more assists than turnovers in a game for the fifth time this season and the third time in ACC play. The Tribe had 20 assists to 17 turnovers in the Virginia Tech game. In the overtime win vs. No. 15 Maryland, FSU had 16 assists and 12 turnovers. At New Orleans, the Tribe turned in 15 assists while recording a season-low 11 turnovers. In the Miami Ohio game, it was 19 to 14.
FSU's 21-point win over Clemson was the Tribe's biggest win, by margin, over an ACC team this season. It was also FSU's largest point margin in a win since the 2000-01 season when the Noles topped Maryland by 31 points.
ALL-TIME DOUBLE DIGIT ACC WINS
FSU now has two double-digit wins in ACC games this season and both have come against Clemson. Overall, since joining the league in 1991-92, FSU has had 19 double-digits wins in ACC play including four over its next opponent Wake Forest. However, the opponent who has suffered the most is Georgia Tech who has lost by double digits to FSU seven times.
Roneeka Hodges seems to have Clemson's number. The senior is averaging 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games vs. the Tigers. But she's not the only one! In fact, four Seminoles, including Hodges, Ganiyat Adeduntan (15.0), Holly Johnson (13.5), Alicia Gladden (13.0) are averaging double figures this season vs. the Tigers. Adeduntan is averaging a double-double with 10.0 rebounds per game added to her 15.0 ppg. Johnson is averaging 6.0 assists in the two contests.
MORE ABOUT THE THREES
FSU has made four or more three pointers in 17 games. Here's why:
Ganiyat Adeduntan tied her career-high with five three-pointers in the Clemson game. She also hit five in her freshman season (2002-03) vs. Alabama State. Her nine attempts from beyond the arc in the Clemson game was a career-high. She now has 25 treys on the season - third best on team - which is a new single-season high. Her previous was 21 last year.
Linnea Liljestrand, who tied her career-high with six treys in the Colgate win, has 45 three-pointers which ranks first on the team and 5th in the ACC. She has already tripled her treys from a season ago as she finished with 13 total in 2003-04. Her previous single-season best was 28 in 2001-02. Liljestrand's 45 threes ranks third on the FSU single-season records list. The record is 51 treys by Wendy Hampton in 1996-97.
Holly Johnson's 22 three-pointers rank fourth on the team but coming into the season, the junior point guard only had 23 total three-pointers in her first two seasons combined.
The Seminoles attempted a season-high 25 three-pointers in the Clemson game and made 10 of them. In ACC play overall, FSU is making 5.9 three-pointers a game on 17.1 attempts. FSU has attempted 20 or more treys in a game six times three of which have been in ACC action.
Ganiyat Adeduntan recorded her fourth career double-double with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at home vs. Clemson. It was the third time this season the junior has reached the 20+ points mark. Her previous rebounding high was 12 boards vs. Xavier and Louisville this season. Adeduntan now has as many double-doubles this season as Florida State did as a team last season.
ON A TEAR
Junior Ganiyat has led the team in scoring in the last four ACC games and has scored in double figures in seven straight ACC games. In the last eight games overall, including the Lipscomb game, Adeduntan is averaging 16.5 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game. In the 16 games prior to that, she averaged 9.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
FSU scored 45 first-half points against Clemson marking the first time in ACC play this season that the Tribe has eclipsed the 40+ mark in the first half. In the previous nine ACC games, the Seminoles averaged just 32.0 points in the first half.
WE LOVE THE `70's AND THE `80's AND THE `90's
FSU's 82-61Clemson win marked the 11th time this season the Seminoles have scored 70 or more points in a game and the Tribe is a perfect 11-0 in those contests. FSU has scored in the 80's five times and in the 90's once this season. Only seven times this season has FSU allowed its opponent to score 70 or more points and only twice has the Tribe lost the game.
After being outrebounded in their last six straight ACC games, the Seminoles finally put themselves on the plus side and outrebounded Clemson 44-41. In league play, FSU has been outebounded by double digits twice (UVA by 17; Georgia Tech by 11). In fact, FSU has been outrebounded by double digits in four games overall and is 1-3 in those games.
The Seminoles tied their season-high 93 percent (14-15) from the free throw line in the Clemson win . The previous time was 14-of -15 in the loss to Montana. That mark ranks as the fifth-best percentage in a single game in FSU history. The best a Sue Semrau-coached FSU team has shot is 94 percent vs. Maryland in 2001.