Feb. 8, 2006
It will be a battle for fourth place in the ACC when the Seminoles and Hurricanes meet in women's basketball Thursday at 7 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fla. The game can be heard in Tallahassee on WFLA AM 1270 or via the Internet at www.seminole.com. Florida State will enter the game with a 14-7 record and a 5-3 ACC mark that places them fourth but Miami is right behind with a 15-7 overall record, including 5-4 in league play.
"Every game is important," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "We've been warriors on the road and I'm counting on my team to go down there with the same mentality that we've attacked road games. Miami's a very good team. They've got a backcourt that scores like crazy. They've got a lot of balance and they're going to be a tough team to defend but that's what we hang our hat on is the way we defend and lately the way we've rebounded. We feel confident going into the game but we know it's going to be a battle."
Just like with the football programs, Florida State was Miami's first league opponent as FSU's 65-56 win on January 9, 2005 marked the first ACC women's basketball game for the Hurricanes. Thursday's game will be the 28th game overall between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes and FSU has a 20-7 advantage.
The series dates back to the 1974-75 season. FSU had won five straight over the `Canes heading into last season, but the two teams hadn't met for 12 years. Now members of the same conference, the two teams are 1-1 in league play.
FSU and Miami have had two common non-conference opponents this season in the University of Montana and UCF. The Hurricanes fell to the Lady Grizzlies, 83-74, on the road on December 16th after the Seminoles had beaten Montana 69-56 in Tallahassee on November 27th. Both teams had double-digit wins over UCF, but there was a difference. FSU took a 32 points win at home while Miami won by 10 points on the road.
The Seminoles maintained possession of fourth place in the ACC with their 75-61 win over then No. 24 NC State Sunday. Holly Johnson recorded her career-high with 21 points while Alicia Gladden earned her fourth double-double, and third one in the last four games, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Britany Miller earned ACC Co-Rookie of the Week honors after averaging 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in FSU's two wins last week. It is her third such honor of the season.
FSU has now won three straight ACC games, and four of the last five while Miami is coming off a 79-71 win at Wake Forest and is 2-3 in its last five.