Nov. 21, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Led by reigning ACC Player of the Week Natasha Howard and a dynamic point guard duo, the Florida State women's basketball will look to remain undefeated when it travels to the San Juan Shootout at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Puerto Rico this weekend.
The Seminoles will battle Eastern Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday before facing No. 17/19 Vanderbilt at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Both games can be heard on 1270 AM WNLS and on Seminoles.com.
Florida State has jumped out to three straight wins by 30 or more points to start the season - a feat the program had never accomplished before. The hot-shooting Noles are shooting at a 51.1 percent clip in their uptempo fastbreak offense, while holding opponents to just 15.1 percent shooting from long range.
Head coach Sue Semrau said she has learned a lot about her team during its opening stretch.
"We have the ability to be an uptempo team and be a very dangerous team," Semrau said. "We have to stay more consistent, though. We need make sure we hammer that lesson home. We have some things we need to clean up, and we're going to add some new wrinkles. Tuesday was an important day of practice."
Howard came off the bench to average 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in two blowout wins over Florida and Stetson last week en route to her conference accolades. Point guards Cheetah Delgado (6.0 assists per game) and Morgan Toles (5.7 assists per game) have jump-started the offensive attack. Senior post Chelsea Davis is leading the team in scoring at 18.0 ppg.
Delgado is a second generation Puerto Rican and will have plenty of family cheering for her at the tournament.
Eastern Kentucky is 3-0 this season, while Vanderbilt is 3-1, having dropped a contest to Dayton on Nov. 18, 71-66. The Commodores are the first ranked team the Seminoles will face this season. The two squads have battled the past two seasons and split the outcomes. Vanderbilt won last year, 64-59, in Nashville despite a double-double from Chasity Clayton. FSU beat VU, 72-66, in Tallahassee two years ago.
The Seminoles last competed in the San Juan Shootout in 2004, going 3-0 with victories over Fordham (65-51), Towson (67-56) and Charlotte (83-72).