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Winners Of Three Straight, Seminoles To Host NC State On Monday Afternoon

Jan. 18, 2004


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The Florida State women’s basketball team will host NC State in ACC action on Monday, January 19th at 4:30 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles, 10-6 overall and 3-2 in ACC play, are winners of their last three games, including two road contests. The NC State game will be FSU’s first of three straight home tilts. The Wolfpack will enter the game at 8-10 overall and 0-5 in ACC play, but, as FSU head coach Sue Semrau explains, don’t let their record fool you.

“I think NC State is a really dangerous team,” Semrau said. “They have had some really tough losses in the ACC and they are going to be really hungry for a win coming out on Monday. They are very talented. They’ve got Kaayla Chones, who is one of the best players to come through this conference in a long time. When their outside shooters hit shot sand open things up for her, it makes it very tough to defend. But I like where we are right now and I like our floor chemistry and the balance that we have as an inside-outside attack and that’s what is making us successful.”

The Seminoles are getting solid offensive production and have averaged 81.5 points per game in the last two contests while shooting 51 percent from the field. Senior Tasheika Allen is back on track and averaged 23.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in FSU’s two wins last week. She is leading the squad at 15.0 points per game overall. Chones is NC State’s leader at 14.7 points per game. The Wolfpack, who have lost three of their five ACC games by four or fewer points, are averaging 69.9 points per game.

Florida State is 6-1 overall at home this season, including 1-0 in ACC play with an 82-77 win over Maryland last week. The Seminoles have played seven of their last nine games on the road and will have to adjust to being home for two straight weeks.

“I think, honestly, it’s going to be an adjustment in our mindset,” Semrau said. “We’ve been road warriors and now to be home and get our legs under us, obviously we are looking forward to it.”

Florida State (10-6, 3-2) vs. NC State (8-10, 0-5)
Monday, Jan. 19, 2004 * 4:30 p.m.
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
Regional Sports Network (Sunshine Network in Florida)
WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com

THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 10-6, 3-2 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 17-13 Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 87-101 Career Record Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

NC STATE WOLFPACK 2003-04 Record 8-10, 0-5 ACC 2002-03 Final Record 11-17 Head Coach Kay Yow/29th Season School Record 587-276 Career Record/Yrs. 644-295/33rd Starters Returning/Lost 4/1

FLORIDA STATE PROBABLE STARTERS G 22 Shante Williams 9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.8 apg G 23 Alicia Gladden 4.1 ppg, 2.16 rpg G 33 Tasheika Allen 15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg F 42 Genesis Choice 10.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg F 44 Lauren Bradley 8.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg

NC STATE PROBABLE STARTERS G 30 Kendra Bell 6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg G 14 Nanna Rivers 5.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg C 50 Kaayla Chones 14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg F 34 Alvine Mendeng 7.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg F 12 Marquetta Dickens 7.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg

NC State holds an 18-6 series advantage over Florida State. The series dates back to FSU’s first season in the ACC – 1991-92. The last three seasons the two teams have split, each winning on its home court. Last year, FSU won 64-55 in Tallahassee while NC State won 57-52 in Raleigh. FSU has won three straight home games vs. the Wolfpack.

Here's an even closer look at the series with NC State...
First meeting: Jan. 19, 1992, FSU won 76-75
Last meeting: Feb. 9, 2003, NC State won 57-52
At home: 4-8
On road: 2-10
Biggest win by margin:
9 pts, 64-55 on January 8, 2003 in Tallahassee
Biggest loss by margin:
39 pts, 75-36 on January 26, 1997 in Raleigh

Here's a statistical look at how the Seminoles
and the Wolfpack match up:

74.1 points 69.9
.459 fg % .436
.327 3-pt fg % .308
.657 ft % .630
40.4 rebounds 38.5
13.9 assists 17.6
18.1 turnovers 17.8
9.8 steals 10.1
3.0 blocks 3.3

Wake Forest committed 32 fouls against Florida State and sent the Seminoles to the free throw line 46 times (43 in the second half) - just three shy of FSU's field goal attempts for the game (49). It ranks as the third-most free throw attempts in FSU history and the most since the 51 attempts vs. Georgia Tech in a triple overtime win on January 31, 1996. The 31 made free throws is the most free throws FSU has made in the Sue Semrau era and the most since that same Georgia Tech game. Prior to the Wake Forest game, the most free throws FSU had attempted this season was 31!

Tasheika Allen enjoyed the fouling strategy of Wake Forest as she went a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the win. Opponents really should think twice before fouling Allen. Although Lauren Bradley is leading the team at 82 percent from the free throw line, Allen has been pretty hot from the line. In the past four games, Allen is shooting 20-for-21 for 95 percent.

After scoring 15 points five times in her career, including twice this season, Lauren Bradley finally broke through to set a new career-high with 16 points in the win at Wake Forest. The senior also tied her career-high with seven field goals, nine rebounds and three blocks in the game.

FSU has reached the 80+ point mark in its last two wins and in six wins overall this season. FSU scored 80 or more points in three wins last season, but none were ACC games.

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