Jan. 24, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 22/21-ranked Florida State women's basketball team returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center to host Georgia Tech on Friday at 7 p.m.
The game will air live on YouTube.
The Seminoles (15-3, 5-2 in the ACC) bring a three-game win streak into the battle with the Yellow Jackets (8-10, 1-6) and are coming off an exciting 12-point comeback win at NC State.
Florida State trailed 63-51 with 9:24 remaining in the game, but battled back to secure an 82-74 win over the Wolfpack behind 21 points from senior guard Leonor Rodriguez and 19 points, including 15 in the second half, from classmate Alexa Deluzio. Senior post Chelsea Davis also recorded her second double-double in three games with 18 points and 11 boards.
The Noles will face the Jackets for a second time this season.
FSU also had a comeback win against Georgia Tech when the squad met up on Jan. 3 in Atlanta. Florida State trailed by 9 with 15:16 remaining in the contest but fought back to win 85-78, as senior point guard Morgan Toles stuffed the box score with 18 points, 10 assists and zero turnovers, while junior forward Natasha Howard grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds to go along with 18 points and Rodriguez scored 23.
"They're a team that is extremely athletic," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said of Georgia Tech. "They like to mix up their defenses. If we don't come out with an attack mentality, then it will not be a pretty game. In the first half up there, we sat back a little and it took a huge effort in the second half to come out victorious."
The Seminoles are over halfway through the season and have established themselves as a lightning quick team with an ability to push the pace and score on anyone. As the only team in the country with five players averaging double figures in scoring, Georgia Tech will have its hands full again.
The Yellow Jackets have had an unexpected rough start to the season after going 26-9 and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago. Still, Georgia Tech has a preseason All-ACC First Teamer in Tyaunna Marshall on the roster as well as seasoned point guard Dawnn Maye and one of the ACC's top freshmen in Brittany Jackson.
"Teams want to maintain a certain identity and personality," Semrau said. "I know we're a better basketball team than when we played (Georgia Tech) the first time, and I know they are too. They will be a tough opponent."