Feb. 22, 2005
"I'll always remember Linnea and Roneeka's senior night," head coach Sue Semrau said with a chuckle after Florida State's triple overtime 94-83 win over Virginia Tech Saturday night.
Overtime games have become somewhat of a norm for Florida State in 2004-05. The Seminoles have played in and won four overtime games this season, including two multiple OT games with the Hokies. In fact, FSU and Virginia Tech have seen 25 extra minutes of action when facing one another.
"Seven overtime periods this season, that's almost an additional game," Semrau said. "For a team that is this in numbers, it has to be hard. Their characters are really coming out and it's been fun to see that happen. You just never know who is going to step up and hit the big shots. In a triple overtime game, a lot of people go opportunities to do that."
Overtime or no overtime, these seniors have had a lot to be proud of and to celebrate this season.
"I think it was a good game," Hodges said. "I think it was even better that we won. It's been a good one year playing with the Seminoles. I feel like I've been welcomed with open arms. It's been a great ride. I really appreciate Coach Sue for giving me the opportunity to come here and be part of this Seminole family for one year. It's been great."
Florida State would have not been able to force a second or third overtime without the huge three-pointer that Liljestrand hit with 1:45 left in the first OT.
"I thought it was going to be more emotional before the game than it actually was because I was really trying to focus on the game because it was such an important game," Liljestrand said. "The game itself was the best thing that could have happened on a senior night. That was so awesome. Probably more than anything I could have asked for. My teammates and everybody were just so happy. It was just a great moment. I've been through a lot of tough times so that made it even more special to me."