Sue Semrau was looking to mix things up in the starting lineup after three midweek losses.
Kortney Weber has provided just the spark the last two games. The sophomore guard has contributed a combined 16 points and seven rebounds since she became a starter, helping the team bounce back to take a win at Wake Forest and then pick up a home victory over Miami.
“She’s always been somebody who’s heady, who’s smart, who knows what to do,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “Now getting that experience on the floor, being able to play through her mistakes, I think she’s come out and done a better job in every aspect. She fills the stat sheet and that’s what we need her to do.”
Weber has helped FSU re-calibrate after three straight losses on Thursday nights, all to some of the top teams in the ACC. The Seminoles (17-3, 6-3 ACC) are now looking for their third straight win when they host Boston College (10-9, 3-5) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a game that will stream on ACC Network Extra. An FSU win would equal a sixth straight season that the program has won at least seven of its first 10 ACC games.
The Seminoles are powered by their three star seniors – Kiah Gillespie, Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk average 44.8 of FSU’s ACC-leading 75.7 points per game. But it’s often the surrounding cast that goes unnoticed and plays a large role in the success.
Weber is a critical piece, a player who makes smart plays, consistently takes the high-percentage shots, rebounds and delivers while minimizing mistakes. That helped to stabilize a team that was looking to find its footing after losses to Syracuse, Georgia Tech and NC State.
“When we had our rough patch, we were just losing what we do best which was defensive pressure and rebounding,” Weber said. “We’ve been getting back to that. We had a big talk. Everybody said what they had to say. We went really hard in practice.”
Weber said the response was immediate: FSU has played with greater intensity and is sharper on the court. The cliche in this case has been accurate as the Seminoles learned a valuable lesson through losing.
“A lot of times you don’t see your mistakes until you get exposed,” Weber said. “It’s going to get us ready for the tournament.”
Semrau said she likes using the four-guard starting lineup, which features Gillespie, Ekhomu, Woolfolk, Weber and Morgan Jones. The lineup has helped against teams that don’t feature as many post players.
“It’s been a great matchup,” Semrau said.