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Florida State's season ends as the defending national-champion Bears get 33 points and 22 rebounds from Brittney Griner in an 85-47 win on their home floor Tuesday night.
No. 8 seed Florida State set to face defending national champion and NCAA Tournament overall No. 1 seed Baylor Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. ET with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles lead Seminoles with 12 points in 60-44 victory.
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Entering her 17th season as the head women's basketball coach at Florida State, Sue Semrau, a three-time winner of the ACC Coach of the Year award and Florida State's all-time leader in wins, has earned a reputation as a coach that not only keeps her team in the national rankings by leading her players to victory but also one that helps foster the personal and professional growth of the student-athletes.
"Coach Sue" has guided the Seminoles to nine NCAA Tournaments, including a 2010 Elite Eight appearance, won a pair of gold medals with USA Basketball and seen 27 student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors. Over the last five years, Florida State has averaged over 23 wins per season and had 12 players sign professional contracts either in the WNBA or with a European club team. Eight Seminoles have been selected in the WNBA Draft in the last 10 years.
Semrau is so respected among her peers in the coaching community that she was named president of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association this summer after serving as the vice president since 2010. Semrau's two-year term will last until the end of the 2014-15 season.
This Past Season During the 2012-13 season, Florida State had a league-best and a school-record three All-ACC First Team selections, advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round and tallied its eighth 20-win season with Semrau at the helm.
Senior guards Leonor Rodriguez (14.9 points per game) and Alexa Deluzio (13.8 ppg) led an FSU offense that had five players averaging double figures at the end of the regular season and finished in the top 10 nationally in both scoring and field goal percentage. The Seminoles' 74.8 points per game average and .453 shooting percentage were their highest marks in over 20 years.
Deluzio and Rodriguez joined junior Natasha Howard on the All-ACC First Team, while senior forward Chasity Clayton collected ACC Sixth Player of the Year honors. Florida State tallied a 23-10 record and placed fourth in the ACC.
At the end of the season, Semrau was honored with the Kay Yow Heart of a Coach Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the WBCA Convention in New Orleans.
Molding True Student-Athletes As successful as Florida State has been on the court, Semrau's commitment to community service is just as important to her program's identity. The past four years, Semrau has partnered the Seminoles with Samaritan's Feet, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives through shoe distributions around the world. Semrau annually will coach a game barefoot in an effort to raise money, and the Seminoles took a break from the 2010 Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas to give back on Thanksgiving.
Additionally, the Seminoles have performed a variety of services throughout the Tallahassee area and have been known to extend a helping hand when on the road, making visits to the Boys and Girls Club at the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando and elementary schools in Harlem, West Chester and Wadsworth, Ohio and Martinsville, Ind., as well as the Duke Hospital in Durham, N.C.
In August, Semrau and the Seminoles held a basketball clinic for youth in Dakar, Senegal in addition to visiting an orphanage during the team's 2013 Foreign Tour.
These efforts have molded countless Seminoles into superstars in the game of life following their hoops careers. Current assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff (Class of 2001) and Christian Hunnicutt (Class of 2011) each earned prestigious ACC Postgraduate Scholarships, while Vanessa Fuchs (Class of 2001) served as Interim Athletics Director at Florida State and is currently the Seminoles' Senior Women's Administrator.
Recent Success The 2009-10 season served as the perfect example of just how strong Florida State's women's basketball program has become under Semrau. The Seminoles captured their second consecutive regular-season ACC Co-Championship and made it all the way to the Elite Eight of the annual NCAA Tournament as a program-best No. 3 seed for the second straight season. Along the way, FSU set the school record for most wins in a season with 29, most conference triumphs ever with 12 and highest national ranking ever at No. 9.
After the season was complete, star forward Jacinta Monroe was taken sixth overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics; a draft slot that was the highest ever for an FSU women's basketball player.
During a 24-8 campaign in 2010-11, the Seminoles extended their NCAA Tournament streak to seven consecutive years, nabbing another No. 3 seed. Along the way, forward Cierra Bravard nabbed honorable mention All-America honors and teamed with point guard Courtney Ward to capture All-ACC accolades.
Changed Culture Semrau's 273 career win total with the Seminoles nearly doubles the second-most victories by an FSU coach (Marynell Meadors, 132), and her tenure has accounted for nine of FSU's 12 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances.
Semrau basically built the Seminoles from scratch, as she inherited a program coming off of a 5-22 record in 1996-97 and hadn't reached double figures in wins in four years.
By her fourth year, Semrau had completely turned the program around, capturing a 19-12 record and the first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade. The 2000-01 season served as the jumpstart for unprecedented success.
FSU had only four 20-win seasons before Semrau guided the Noles to six 20-win seasons over a seven-year stretch beginning in 2004-05.
A Respected and Seasoned Coach Prior to coming to Florida State, Semrau served three years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin under Jane Albright. While in Madison, she contributed to the Badgers' three-straight winning seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's first ever back-to-back 20-win seasons. Semrau first joined Albright at Northern Illinois in 1991 where she assisted in leading NIU to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Before her hiring at Northern Illinois, Semrau served as head women's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Occidental College in Los Angeles for four years where she compiled a 51-47 overall record. She also coached soccer for two seasons and was responsible for the administrative duties of fundraising and promotions at the Division III institution.
Semrau also worked as the public relations and promotions director for the L.A. Heat professional soccer team from 1986-87, and as the public relations director for the Seattle Storm soccer team in the previous year.
A native of Seattle, Wash., Semrau is a graduate of Shorecrest High School. She went on to attend the University of Puget Sound for two years. Semrau transferred to the University of California-San Diego in 1984 where she was a team co-captain and Co-MVP. She graduated in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in communications and received her master's degree in athletic administration from the University of Southern California in 1988.