Jan. 18, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team hits the road this Thursday with plans to even its ACC record to 3-3 when it faces Boston College at 7 p.m. at the Silvio O. Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Seminoles (10-9 overall, 2-3 in the ACC) are coming off a pair of close defeats to two of the nation's top teams.
FSU dropped a 60-57 decision to No. 13/11 Miami on Sunday in Tallahassee after coming all the way back from 19 points down to tie the game with 37 seconds left. Last Thursday, the Noles battled hard against No. 7/6 Duke before falling 73-66 in Durham, N.C.
Despite the losses, Florida State head coach Sue Semrau is encouraged by her team's attitude as the Seminoles get deeper into the conference portion of their schedule.
"We've got a lot resiliency for a young team," Semrau said. "They could get down because those are two close games we could've won, but I see a lot of resolve in them. They didn't quit until the end. We need to continue to grow."
One player growing up in a big way is sophomore Natasha Howard. Billed as the nation's No. 2 recruit coming out of high school, the Toledo, Ohio, native has been a superstar for the Seminoles the past three games, averaging 18.3 ppg and 10.3 rpg.
She had 22 points and a career-high 17 rebounds versus the Hurricanes - her sixth double-double of the season.
Howard and the Seminoles will be looking to take out some of their frustration after two losses on the Golden Eagles, who have started league play winless (0-4).
The Seminoles are 7-1 all-time against Boston College and 3-0 against the Eagles in Chestnut Hill. Still, Semrau expects a formidable challenge from their hosts on Thursday.
"They've had a lot of injuries, but right now they are to the point where they are back and healthy," Semrau said. "Now they are starting to gel. They had a great game against Georgia Tech this past weekend. We'll have to go up there and bring our `A' game."
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