No. 18/20 Seminoles Host Yet Another Ranked Opponent as No. 8/9 Maryland Travels South for 7 p.m. Game Monday Night
Jacinta Monroe leads FSU with 13.6 ppg.

Jacinta Monroe leads FSU with 13.6 ppg.

Feb. 2, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On the heels of its thrilling 82-75 overtime victory over No. 3 Duke, the FSU women's basketball team plays host to No. 8/9 Maryland Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

 

By beating the Blue Devils, the Seminoles (18-4, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their winning streak to nine-straight ballgames and moved into sole position of first place in the conference with an unblemished league record of 7-0.

 

If the Seminoles can beat the Terrapins (16-4, 4-2), they will tie the 1992-93 school record for most victories over a ranked opponent in a season with five. In addition to beating the highly ranked Blue Devils, FSU has already earned wins over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 24 Georgia Tech and No. 14 Virginia this year.

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Three WINS AWAY FROM SEMRAU'S 200th

In her 12th season at the helm of the Florida State women's basketball program, head coach Sue Semrau is on the verge of accomplishing a terrific career milestone. After defeating No. 3-ranked Duke in overtime, Semrau now boasts 197 victories in her FSU coaching career and is within grasp of win No. 200. Semrau is already used to making a little magic happen at FSU as she became the program's winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record is 196-156.

 

THE FSU-MARYLAND SERIES

The Florida State-Maryland series dates back to the 1991-92 season when the two teams first met. In that first ever meeting, the Terrapins earned a 79-64 victory. Maryland would win 15 of the first 19 meetings between the two before FSU won eight of the next 12 starting in the 1999-00 season. Maryland is currently on a three-game winning streak against the Seminoles .

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. MARYLAND.............. 12-22

1991-92......... L.................. 64-79........................ (H)

...................... L................. 70-101....................... (A)

1992-93........ W................. 68-61........................ (H)

...................... L.................. 61-74........................ (A)

...................... L.................. 69-91........................ (N)

1993-94......... L.................. 54-69........................ (H)

...................... L.................. 39-81........................ (A)

 1994-95........ L.................. 56-70........................ (H)

...................... W................. 66-59........................ (A)

...................... L.................. 56-72........................ (N)

1995-96......... L.................. 49-72........................ (H)

...................... L.................. 63-75........................ (A)

1996-97......... L.................. 58-65........................ (H)

...................... L.................. 59-79........................ (A)

1997-98........ W................. 53-50........................ (H)

...................... L.................. 49-77........................ (A)

1998-99......... L.................. 76-94........................ (H)

...................... W................. 69-63........................ (A)

1999-00......... L.................. 67-68........................ (H)

...................... W................. 66-52........................ (A)

...................... W................. 65-60........................ (N)

2000-01........ W................. 69-38........................ (H)

...................... W................. 77-65........................ (A)

2001-02......... L.................. 50-62........................ (A)

...................... W................. 60-55........................ (H)

2002-03........ W................. 76-61........................ (A)

...................... L.................. 61-66........................ (H)

2003-04........ W................. 82-77........................ (H)

...................... L.................. 67-76........................ (A)

...................... L.................. 47-62........................ (N)

2004-05........ W.............. 95-91(OT).................... (H)

2005-06......... L.................. 57-75........................ (A)

2006-07......... L.................. 60-74........................ (H)

2007-08......... L.............. 84-92(OT).................... (A)

 

LAST SEASON AGAINST THE TERRAPINS

Florida State and Maryland matched up just one time last season in a game that was played in the Terrapins' home gym in College Park, Md. The Seminoles wound up that losing that game in overtime by a score of 92-84 to a Maryland squad that at the time was ranked No. 4 in the country. Now-senior guard Mara Freshour led all FSU players in that ballgame with 23 points.

 

Scouting MARYLAND

FSU.................................. PER GAME.................. MARYLAND

71.0...................................... POINTS.................................... 77.3

.427 ....................................... FG%....................................... .453

.378...................................... 3 FG%..................................... .426

.657........................................ FT%....................................... .736

42.4.................................. REBOUNDS................................. 43.6

13.4..................................... ASSISTS................................... 14.3

18.9................................. TURNOVERS................................ 18.1

8.2........................................ STEALS....................................... 7.2

4.8....................................... BLOCKS..................................... 3.6

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD

With the victory over No. 3 Duke, the Seminoles have achieved the program's first ever six-game winning streak in ACC play.

 

NINE IN A ROW AND GUNNING FOR MORE

FSU has earned nine-straight victories, including a perfect 7-0 record so far in 2009 and 6-0 record in conference games. The last time FSU won nine-straight was at the start of the 2004-05 season when the Seminoles won their first 12 contests and finished 24-8 and made the program's first NCAA appearance since 2001. FSU's nine-game winning streak this season is second only to Duke among ACC teams. The Blue Devils had run off 15-straight wins this season before falling to the Seminoles in overtime.

 

COURTNEY'S CAREER NIGHT

Sophomore Courtney Ward had a career night against the No. 3 Blue Devils. While leading the team with a career-high 42 minutes played, she scored 11 points and added a career-high 10 assists, marking the first double-double of her career. Ward's 10 assists marks the first time a Seminole has registered double digits in assists since Dec. 16, 2007 when Shante Williams dished out 13 assists in a home win against Alabama State.

 

MATCHING LAST YEAR'S TOTAL

Florida State's 18 wins already surpasses the regular season total from the 2007-08 season (17). It is also the second-fastest the team has gotten to 18 wins under Sue Semrau. The Seminoles notched their 18th win of the 2004-05 season on Jan. 24 with a double overtime victory at Virginia Tech, on their way to a 23-6 regular season record. There are only two other times under Coach Sue Semrau that FSU has gotten this many regular season wins. In 2006-07, FSU had 21 wins (No. 18 was on Feb. 9 against Georgia Tech), and in 2005-06 the Seminoles had 19 wins (No. 18 was on Feb. 23 against Wake Forest).

 

LIGHTING IT UP

Duke, which had a defense that led the ACC and was ranked seventh nationally in allowing just 52.9 points per game this season, had its hands full against the Seminoles as FSU lit up the scoreboard for 82 points, including 14 points in the overtime session. Duke hadn't given up that many points in a loss since falling to North Carolina 82-51 on March 2, 2008. This also marks the first overtime loss for the Blue Devils since losing to Maryland 78-75 in the 2006 National Championship game (April 4).

 

PERFECTO!

With the win against Duke, Sue Semrau became perfect for the month of January for the first time in her career with a 7-0 record. This comes against arguably the hardest competition she's faced during that month. The Seminoles had home wins against No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke (OT), No. 24 Georgia Tech and Clemson. They also had three tough road victories against No. 14 Virginia, Virginia Tech, and NC State. Her previous best January was in the 2006-07 season when she led FSU to a 6-2 mark.

 

OVER RANKED FOES

The Seminoles have rattled off four-straight victories against top 25 opponents. The Seminoles beat No. 3 Texas A&M, No.3 Duke, and No. 24 Georgia Tech at home, but also beat No. 14 Virginia on the road in Charlottesville, Va. That victory marked the first time since 2005 that the Seminoles had beaten a ranked opponent in a true road game.  In that season, Florida State defeated No. 23 Virginia Tech 81-78 in double overtime.  Florida State is now 4-1 on the season against ranked opponents, with its only loss coming against No. 1 UConn, 83-71. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 24-144 in games played against ranked opponents.  Twelve of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.    

 

NO. 3?  NO PROBLEM!

Prior to this season, Florida State had only had one win against a team ranked No. 3 in the country, a 68-61 victory against No. 3 Maryland on Jan. 12, 1993. But in just the last seven games, the Seminoles have squared off against two No.3 ranked teams and have come away victorious each time. FSU beat No. 3 Texas A&M on Jan. 5 by a score of 60-53, and most recently defeated No. 3 Duke 82-77 in OT on Jan. 29. FSU is now 5-40 all-time against top-five opponents. 

 

IN THE LEAGUE

The Seminoles are 6-0 in conference play and stand alone atop the ACC. With its 80-75 victory over No. 14/16 Virginia, FSU went to 5-0 in ACC play for the first time in program history. The six wins mark the longest winning streak against ACC opponents. FSU has won five-straight in conference play three times now in program history. Prior to this year, the last time that the team achieved five in a row in the conference happened during the 2004-05 season. The previous best was five straight league wins in 2004-05 and 2000-01. The Tucker Center has also been kind to the Seminoles in conference play, as the Seminoles are 9-2 in their last 11 home ACC contests.  FSU has averaged nine ACC wins over the last four seasons with a program-best 10 league wins in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. 

 

JUST ONE SHY

FSU's 18 wins this season are just one shy of last year's total wins (19).  Since Sue Semrau inherited an FSU squad that was 5-22 overall - including 0-16 in the ACC in 2006-07 - she has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in the last 10 seasons including, five straight seasons of 17 or more wins. 

 

COACH SEMRAU IN OVERTIME

Seminoles head coach Sue Semrau is now 9-10 in games that require an extra five minutes after defeating No. 3 Duke 82-75. Of the 19 overtime games that she has coached in at the helm of the FSU women's basketball program, 15 of those have been against ACC squads and she is 9-6 in those ballgames. Coach Semrau is 5-5 in overtime games at home, 4-2 on the road and 0-3 on a neutral basketball court.

 

FIVE WINS OVER RANKED FOES TIES RECORD

With a win over No. 8/9 Maryland Monday night, FSU would tie the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five. The only time that the Seminoles have accomplished such a feat occurred during the 1992-93 season.

 

CLOSING IN ON 1,000

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain already became the 22nd player in Seminole history to score at least 1,000 points in a career when she accomplished that milestone against UCF. Now its fellow senior Mara Freshour's turn. Freshour is just 25 points away from reaching 1,000 points after registering 21 against Duke. Both Davis-Cain and Freshour also Nos. 1 and 2 in most 3-pointers made in a Seminoles career.

 

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,095

Mara Freshour: 975

 

Career 3-Pointers

1. Tanae Davis-Cain      168

2. Mara Freshour          148

 

FOUR NOW AVERAGING DOUBLE DIGITS

By scoring a game-high 21 points against the Blue Devils, senior guard Mara Freshour is now averaging an even 10.0 points per game this season. Her increased scoring average means that four Seminoles are averaging double figures each game. Jacinta Monroe leads the team with 13.6 ppg, Tanae Davis-Cain is second with 12.1 ppg and Cierra Bravard is third with 10.3 ppg while Freshour's 10.0 ppg is fourth.

 

 MORE ON THE DUKE WIN

...FSU won the rebounding battle 40-33 and has now earned more boards than its opponent in all but five games this season.

...FSU turned the ball over 18 times after giving it away just 12 times in the previous game against Virginia.

...Despite trailing 37-34 at halftime, the Seminoles still earned the victory and moved to 2-3 on the season in games that they are behind at intermission.

...By scoring 82 points, FSU is now 7-0 in games when the team scores at least 80.

...FSU's 66 field goal attempts against the Blue Devils is the season high - FSU had shot the ball 65 times two times prior this year in wins over Penn State and Clemson.

 

SEASON HIGH FOR FRESHOUR

Senior guard Mara Freshour's 21 points against No. 3 Duke is her highest of the season and is just four shy of her career-high 25 she posted in a win over Fordham last season. Freshour's previous season high before the Duke game was the 17 she scored in the win over Clemson. She has now scored in double figures in all six ACC games this year.

 

Monroe the block artist

Jacinta Monroe has led the Seminoles in blocked shots over the past two seasons and is steadily climbing the ranks in her quest to become arguably the greatest shot-blocker in program history. With a game-high seven blocks against Duke, Monroe now has a team-best 61 swats this season and is just 19 blocks away from tying the FSU single-season record of 80 blocks set by Brooke Wycoff during the 1997-98 season. Monroe now has 202 career blocked shots and is also just five shy of Wyckoff's all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Monroe is averaging 2.8 blocks per game this season.

 

ON THE 82 POINTS SCORED VS. DUKE

Florida State's 82 points in the win over Duke is the third time the Seminoles have scored that many in a conference game this year after beating Virginia 80-75 and Clemson 80-54.  Before this season, the last time FSU scored at least 80 points in an ACC game occurred last year when the team fell in overtime to No. 4 Maryland on Feb. 24, 2008 by a score of 92-84. FSU scored 80 or more in only two ACC games last season and did not reach that scoring mark in any conference game during the 2006-07 season and did it only once in the 2005-06 campaign.

 

FRESHOUR CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE LIST

Senior guard Mara Freshour continues to move up the list in the career games-played department. The Nashville, Ind. native is now just one game behind Sue Galkantas and Ganiyat Adeduntan for seventh place all-time in program history. Freshour won't be finished there, however, as it's very likely she will become the new record holder in this category before her senior season is complete as Glenda Stokes' FSU record of 130 games is within reach.

 

Career Games Played

Career Record:             1. Gelnda Stokes          130

                                    2. Alicia Gladden           126

                                    3. LeeVayne Oliver       122

                                        Holly Johnson           122

                                    5. Shante Wiliams        121

                                    6. Sue Galkantas          120

                                        Ganiyat Adeduntan   120

                                    8. Mara Freshour        119

 

18 GIVEAWAYS AGAINST DUKE

A game after tying its season low with 12 turnovers against Virginia, FSU gave the ball away 18 times against Duke. The Seminoles are now averaging 18.9 turnovers per game. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU averaged 20+ turnovers per contest in her first three seasons. In each of her NCAA Tournament seasons, FSU has averaged no more than 18.3 turnovers per game and that was last season.

 

FSU Turnovers Per Game In Semrau Era

2008-09           18.9

2007-08           18.3     NCAA Tournament

2006-07           16.9     NCAA Tournament

2005-06           15.7     NCAA Tournament

2004-05           16.5     NCAA Tournament

2003-04           17.1

2002-03           18.5

2001-02           17.8

2000-01           17.8     NCAA Tournament

1999-00           21.6

1998-99           21.0

1997-98           24.6

 

DAVIS-CAIN HAS 47 3-POINTERS THIS YEAR

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 47 of her 3-point attempts this season, which is good enough for seventh all-time in the FSU record books for completed triples in a season. Davis-Cain already finds her name on that list as her 52 three-pointers in the 2006-07 season is good enough for third all-time and her 49 last season is fifth. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 - a mark she set last year.

 

STILL PERFECT ON THE ROAD

By beating Virginia, the Seminoles moved to a perfect 6-0 on the road this season. In addition to winning in Charlottesville, Va., FSU has won at UNF, Temple, LSU, Virginia Tech and NC State.

 

GOING DOWNTOWN at VIRGINIA

Florida State connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers in the Virginia win and have made more three-pointers than its opponents in nine games this year as the Cavaliers made just four treys.  The 10 three-pointers is the most by FSU since the Seminoles hit 10 triples vs. Clemson back in the 2004-05 season on February 9, 2005.  FSU made nine three-pointers in five different games last season on its way to a program-best 182 three-pointers for the season. 

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

With her combined five3-pointers against Virginia and Duke, Courtney Ward now has 23 completed treys on the season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 all season. So far this year, FSU's starting point guard is third on the team in triples made and fourth in three-point shooting percentage.

 

BRAVARD SHOOTS A HIGH PERCENTAGE

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has had a terrific rookie season so far as the Sandusky, Ohio native is third on the team with 10.3 ppg and has started 14 games. Bravard, who has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors this year, is on pace to put her name in the FSU record books, too. Entering the game against Duke, Bravard ranks fifth all-time in field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 83-for-142 on the season for a mark of .585.

 

SEEING DOUBLE x FIVE

In the win at Virginia, all five Seminole starters scored in double figures.  Including the UVA win, FSU has had five players score in double figures in four games this season but the contest vs. the Cavaliers marked the first time the five players were all starters.  FSU also had five players in double digits in the Florida Gulf Coast and Murray State victories and in the loss to Valparaiso.

 

FOUR-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR MONROE

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and blocked shots (2.8 bpg) and with 10 points and team-high 11 rebounds against Virginia, she achieved her team-high seventh double-double of the season and fourth in as many games. The seven double-doubles is second only to Duke's Chante Black who has eight on the year.  Monroe now has 15 career double-doubles. The seven double-doubles this season is a single-season best for Monroe as she turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her sophomore campaign.

 

FOULS GALORE AGAINST VIRGINIA

FSU averages just over 18 fouls per game but against Virginia the referee's whistle was working overtime. In that game, the Seminoles picked up 26 fouls and three players - Tanae Davis-Cain, Courtney Ward and Cierra Bravard - all fouled out. Alysha Harvin also played much of the second half with four fouls. Senior guard Mara Freshour was the only FSU player to receive playing time and not pick up a foul. FSU entered the UVA contest averaging just 12.7 fouls per game over the previous three contests, including 12 fouls in the Clemson and Georgia Tech wins. The Seminoles had a season-high 29 fouls in the Valparaiso loss. As far as FSU opponents, they are averaging 20.1 fouls per game this season and Temple had the most with 31.

 

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

FSU scored just 59 points in its win over Georgia Tech ... well below its 70.6 points per game heading into the contest. FSU has scored below 60 points just one other time this season and it was in the 72-57 loss to Florida. Before the Georgia Tech win, the last time the Seminoles won a game when scoring below 60 points was on March 6, 2008 in a 57-52 win over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.

 

MONKEY OFF HER BACK

FSU head coach Sue Semrau has accomplished a lot during her 12-year Seminole career but one thing she had never done was win at NC State. Well, that changed on Jan. 15 as her team earned a 64-59 victory at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. Semrau was 0-8 all-time in the Wolfpack's home gym before earning the win.  With that victory, Semrau has now won at every ACC school.

 

BLOCKED!

The Seminoles recorded a season-high 10 blocks in the Virginia Tech win, which is the most blocks by an FSU team since the Seminoles had 10 blocks vs. Miami on January 7th, 2007.  Nine blocks at Texas A&M was the season-best last year.

 

SEMINOLES ARE PERFECT WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF

FSU is a perfect 14-0 in games this year when leading after the game's first 20 minutes. The Seminoles are now 2-1 when tied at halftime and 1-3 when trailing at intermission.

 

SEASON-TICKET SALES UP 63 PERCENT

Make no mistake about it, college basketball at Florida State University is getting more and more popular each season. The FSU marketing office reports that with a school-record 1,819 women's basketball season tickets sales for the 2008-09 season, the Seminoles have now sold 63 percent more seats than they did a season ago. The previous high for season tickets was 1,119 during the 2006-07 season.

 

TAKING DOWN THE NATION'S NO. 3 TEAM

Florida State's upset victory over No. 3 Texas A&M marked the first time FSU has defeated a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 25 Ohio State last year. The Seminoles' last win over a top-five-ranked team occurred in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when they upset then-No. 5 Stanford to advance to FSU's first Sweet Sixteen. The victory over the Aggies also marked the Seminoles' first win over a top-three program since downing then-No. 2 Duke in 2004. With the win, FSU now has three victories all-time against top-three-ranked teams.

 

A SECOND HALF TO REMEMBER

After a quick timeout by head coach Sue Semrau early in the second half of the Texas A&M game, FSU went on a tear. The Seminoles went on an incredible 34-10 run to close out the game. FSU did this by making timely shots on the offensive end and limiting the Aggies' playmakers on the defensive end. After shooting just over 20 percent in the first half, FSU shot just over 62 percent in the second half. And perhaps more importantly, the Seminoles limited Texas A&M's stellar guard Takia Starks as she finished with just six points - well below her average - on just 3-for-18 shooting. She was also 0-for-8 from 3-point range. For the game, FSU scored 41 points in the second half compared to just 24 by the Aggies.

 

VERY EXCITING MOMENTS

Trailing by 17 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game against Texas A&M, hope seemed to be lost for the Seminoles. But after chipping away at the Aggies lead and cutting the deficit to just six points with around five minutes remaining in regulation, things got even more exciting for everyone at the Tucker Center. The frenzy all started when Tanae Davis-Cain drilled a 3-pointer with 4:42 remaining in the ballgame to cut Texas A&M's lead to just 50-47. Davis-Cain's fist-pumping to the crowd and chest bumping with her teammates then led to a lay-up by Angel Gray and a couple of Cierra Bravard free-throws that gave FSU a 51-50 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Courtney Ward then converted a lay-up and hit a 3-pointer to put the Seminoles on top at 56-50 and FSU never looked back.

 

FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR WHEN TRAILING AT THE HALF

The upset victory over Texas A&M marked the first time this season that the Seminoles earned a victory despite trailing at the halftime break. The Aggies boasted a 29-19 advantage at the game's intermission. Despite trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the win marked the squad's biggest comeback of the 2008-09 season.

 

Best Defensive Performance of the Season

Bouncing back after a poor showing against the University of Florida, the FSU defense did its job in the win against Southeast Missouri State. The mere 31 points SEMO was allowed was the lowest total scored by an FSU opponent since the 'Noles held Savannah State to just 28 points in a 107-28 romp on Nov. 23, 2003. The fewest amount of points that FSU has ever allowed in a game was 26 when the Clemson Tigers posted that many in an 80-26 loss during the 1993-94 season.

 

FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC

The ACC Preseason Poll was selected by the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives.

 

2008-09 ACC Preseason Poll

1. North Carolina (15 first place votes)

2. Maryland (11 first place votes)

3. Duke (14 first place votes)

4. Virginia (two first place votes)

5. Florida State

6. Georgia Tech

7. Boston College

8. NC State

9. Clemson

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami

12. Wake Forest

 

Florida State Women's Basketball Program Signs Talented 2009 Prospect

FSU head coach Sue Semrau announced the signing of 6-foot-3 forward Chelsea Davis, a talented post player from Middletown, Delaware, to a national letter of intent. Davis has been one of the top girl's high school basketball players in the entire northeast since she burst onto the scene two years ago.  She will enter her senior season as a three-year starter and has recorded 1,257 career points and 744 career rebounds.  She averaged 21.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a junior on her way to leading the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game.  A three-time all-state honoree, including first team honors in each of the last two seasons and honorable mention honors as a freshman, Davis has earned first team all-conference honors the last three seasons and has also been named the MVP of her team three straight years. Davis is ranked as the 35th-best post-player prospect in the entire country, according to Hoopgurlz.

 

Antionette Howard Leaves Team

Sophomore forward Antionette Howard decided to not play basketball at FSU and left the team in November.

 

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