Aug. 12, 2003
The Florida State women's basketball program released its 2003-04 schedule on Tuesday and it's a strong one. The Seminoles will have the opportunity to play 13 games against teams who advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament, including a trip to two-time defending national champion Connecticut on November 25th. This season's slate is highlighted by games against teams from the SEC, Big East and West Coast conferences, three in-state opponents as well as a nationally televised ESPN2 match-up with ACC-foe Virginia.
"I'm excited about a really strong schedule," head coach Sue Semrau said. "We open the season at home, but then immediately travel to the defending national champions which will be exciting for our program. We host two NCAA Tournament teams in our tournament and then have the chance to face two others when we head out to Malibu, California right before Christmas. Add the Peachtree Classic in Atlanta against LSU in the ACC/SEC challenge and we feel like our preseason and tournament field is very strong in preparation for what I see will be a very tough ACC schedule."
The schedule includes 14 regular-season home dates, including the seventh annual Seminole Classic, which features NCAA Tournament teams Harvard and Liberty as well as Wisconsin-Milwaukee. FSU's trip out west to the Pepperdine Tournament will showcase the Seminoles vs. TCU, followed by either Fairleigh Dickinson or host Pepperdine. TCU has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments while Pepperdine has been to three NCAA Tournaments in the past four seasons, including the last two consecutive years. LSU was the 2003 SEC Tournament champion and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The always-competitive ACC had five teams advance to postseason play last year.
With virtually the entire team returning from 2002-03's 17-13 squad and a Top 5 recruiting class coming in, there is reason to believe that good things are ahead for the Seminole program. FSU returns four starters and 10 letterwinners in all. Among those players is last year's top scorer in Tasheika (Morris) Allen (15.1 ppg), a 2003 second team All-ACC selection. Allen headlines an experienced and talented senior class which includes veteran posts Trinetta Moore (7.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Lauren Bradley (4.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and guard Angela Sutton (4.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Moore, who was a force in the middle as a starter for the Seminoles last year, was granted an additional year of eligibility after playing two seasons at FSU. Semrau believes that this group of seniors will provide the type of leadership that good teams must possess.
The junior class is full of players who came into their own in 2002-03. LaQuinta Neely (6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg) went from seeing limited playing time as a rookie to starting 24 of 28 games last season. Neely showed her versatility playing both the point and two-guard positions and excelling at both. Genesis Choice (6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and Linnea Liljestrand (3.3 rpg, 0.9 rpg) both provided explosive performances throughout the season and are ready to step up to any challenge given to them.
The three returning sophomores, point guard Holly Johnson (4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg), wing Ganiyat Adeduntan (5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and post Hannah Linquist (1.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg), have shown they are ready to take it to the next level after one year of experience in the system. Johnson, who saw the most playing time of the group, started 15 games as a rookie.
FSU's most highly touted recruiting class of the Semrau-era, and perhaps all-time, invades Tallahassee this fall. Highlighted by Parade All-American Dorian Williams, who was considered the number one guard in the nation last season, the class has it all -- size, speed, talent and versatility. While the Seminoles already have key players at every position returning, the freshman will not only provide a great deal of depth, but they also possess the ability to challenge for starting positions. Enhancing this group even more is the addition of Roneeka Hodges, who transferred to Florida State from LSU in May. A senior eligibility-wise, Hodges will have to sit out this season, but after practicing in the system for a year, she will be ready to go in 2004-05.
A complete ACC Women's Basketball Composite Schedule can be found on the league's website at TheACC.com. FSU women's basketball's television schedule for the women's basketball team will be released at a later date.
2003-04 FLORIDA STATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE November Sun. 2 (Exhibition) Premier Players HOME 2:00 pm Mon. 10 (Exhibition) Team Concept HOME 7:00 pm Sun. 23 UT-San Antonio HOME 1:00 pm Tues. 25 @ Connecticut Storrs, CT TBA SEMINOLE CLASSIC Tallahassee, FL Sat. 29 Liberty vs. Harvard HOME 6:00 pm FSU vs. UW-Milwaukee HOME 8:00 pm Sun. 30 Consolation/Championship HOME 2:00 & 4:00 pm