Jan. 12, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team begins arguably the toughest two-game stretch of the season on Friday at 7 p.m. in Durham. N.C., when the Seminoles face No. 7/6 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Two days later, FSU will host No. 13/11 Miami at 3:30 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (10-7, 2-1 in the ACC) take a sizable amount of momentum into the challenging weekend after hammering Virginia Tech, 75-40, in their last game on Sunday in Blacksburg, Va.
FSU has been exceptional on the road in conference play since the 2008-09 season, carrying a 19-3 record as the visitor in ACC play since that time.
To continue that success, FSU head coach Sue Semrau said her team will have to narrow its focus and not get intimidated by the Blue Devils' historic home court.
"With our conference schedule, we only play at Cameron Indoor (Stadium) every other year, so some these players have never been there," Semrau said. "We'll have to narrow our focus and do what we need to do on the boards.
"You have to remember that these players are 18-22 years old. You've had a chance to watch men's and women's games there for years on TV. It's important to get up there the day before and then get a really good shootaround in that day of the game. You have to be able to knock down that distraction."
The Blue Devils (12-2, 3-0 in the ACC) are led by sophomore guard Chelsea Grey, who leads the ACC in assists, and freshman center Elizabeth Williams, who leads the conference in blocks. Both players have recorded a triple-double this season.
After taking on Duke, FSU will come back to Tallahassee and prepare for Sunday's matchup with the Hurricanes (13-3, 2-1 in the ACC). Miami is led by the All-ACC senior backcourt tandem of Shenise Johnson (16.4 ppg), the reigning conference player of the year, and Riquna Williams (16.0 ppg).
"Miami has two tremendous players," Semrau said. "Shenise Johnson is probably the best player in the league. She is so savvy and smooth. And then you add Riquna Williams with her - another senior guard that can really score, you've got a really difficult matchup to defend. They have a lot of great complementary pieces too - that make them one of the top teams in the country."
In their recent win over the Hokies, FSU looked like one of the nation's top teams itself by opening a 30-4 lead to start the game. Virginia Tech came into the game having held its first two ACC opponents to 35 points or under, but the Noles had eclipsed that mark by halftime.
Television and Promotions Both games this weekend will air live on television.
Friday night's game is being broadcast on RSN-TV, a collection of networks that includes Fox Sports Carolina, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida Sun Sports, Fox Sports North and ESPN3. It will also air on a tape delay at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
Sunday's matchup with the Hurricanes will air live on ESPNU.
In addition, youth will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket to Sunday's game with the Hurricanes. The contest is FSU's "ACC Day" and the Noles will be raffling off a team-autographed basketball. Sign-up will be at the marketing table located in Section V.
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