It's a good thing Florida State's Leonor Rodriguez had patience, and plenty of it.
After an unremarkable first three seasons at a school far away from her home in the Canary Islands, Spain, the 21-year-old sharpshooter has become a driving force in the high-scoring Seminoles turnaround from its first losing season in a decade.
''Hard work pays off, sometimes sooner and sometimes later,'' Rodriguez said after a late-afternoon Seminole practice this week. ''I never gave up. I always believed in myself.''
Rodriguez's 16.2 points a game leads the 22nd-ranked Seminoles (15-3, 5-2 ACC). She is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor, 43.8 percent from 3-point range and making 84.1 percent of her attempts. Her 51.5 shooting percentage is the highest among any guard in the country as the Seminoles enter a busy weekend with home games against Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Georgia Tech on Friday night and Virginia Tech on Sunday.
No one is happier about Rodriguez' emergence than Florida S...