Undefeated on the Road, No. 15/19 Seminoles Travel to Play at Miami Sunday at 3 p.m.
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Junior guard Angel Gray

Feb. 6, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 15.19 Florida State women's basketball team will be looking to maintain its strong positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings as it travels south to take on in-state rival Miami Sunday at 3 p.m.

 

The Seminoles (19-5, 7-1 ACC) square off against Miami (12-10, 1-6 ACC) after earning a 64-53 at Boston College that improved the team's road record this season to an unblemished 7-0. In Coral Gables, Fla., FSU will be looking to beat the Hurricanes for the seventh-straight time.

 

Sunday's matchup will be aired on Comcast Sports South.

 

COUNTDOWN TO 200: JUST TWO TO GO

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 earning a victory in Chestnut Hill, Mass. against Boston College, Semrau is within grasp of win No. 200 as she now boasts 198 victories in her FSU coaching career. 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 198-157.

 

THE FSU-UM SERIES

The in-state rivalry between the Seminoles and Hurricanes dates back to the 1974-75 season when FSU earned 59-45 victory on a neutral court. It would prove to be a sign of things to come as the Seminoles currently boast a 26-7 all-time record over Miami - including a 7-1 mark since the Hurricanes joined the ACC. Florida State enters Sunday's game having won six-straight over the Hurricanes and 11 of the last 12.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. MIAMI....................... 26-7

1974-75........ W................. 59-45....................... (N)

1977-78........ W................. 66-56....................... (N)

1978-79........ W................. 73-57....................... (N)

...................... W................. 74-64....................... (A)

...................... W................. 79-53....................... (H)

1979-80........ W................. 82-64....................... (H)

...................... W................. 93-74....................... (A)

...................... W................. 72-61....................... (N)

1980-81........ W................. 87-73....................... (H)

...................... W................. 62-55....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 70-79....................... (N)

1981-82........ W................. 77-74....................... (A)

...................... W................. 66-52....................... (H)

...................... W................. 84-80....................... (N)

1983-84........ W................. 76-64....................... (N)

1984-85......... L.................. 65-79....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 67-74....................... (H)

1986-87........ W................. 75-74....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 73-80....................... (H)

1988-89......... L.................. 85-96....................... (N)

...................... L.................. 79-88....................... (A)

1989-90........ W................. 95-66....................... (H)

1990-91........ W................. 76-62....................... (A)

1991-92........ W................. 71-69....................... (H) 

1992-93........ W................. 64-61....................... (A)

2004-05........ W................. 65-56....................... (H)

...................... L.................. 57-62....................... (A)

2005-06........ W................. 79-54....................... (A)

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

2006-07........ W................. 71-62....................... (H)

...................... W................. 75-68....................... (A)

2007-08........ W.............. 75-70(OT).................... (A)

...................... W................. 50-49....................... (H)

 

LAST SEASON AGAINST THE HURRICANES

Florida State and Miami matched up twice last season and the Seminoles came out victorious on both occasions - although neither one of them was easy. In the first meeting between the two, it took an extra five minutes of play as FSU pulled off a 75-70 overtime win. In that game, Jacinta Monroe lead FSU with 21 points. The Seminoles' second win of the season was just as difficult as it took until the final seconds for the game to be decided. FSU earned a 50-49 win thanks to former guard Shante Williams' driving basket with 6.2 seconds left in regulation.

 

Scouting MIAMI

FSU.................................. PER GAME.................................. UM

70.8...................................... POINTS.................................... 66.1

.428 ....................................... FG%....................................... .400

.389...................................... 3 FG%..................................... .270

.659........................................ FT%....................................... .622

41.4.................................. REBOUNDS................................. 38.8

13.5..................................... ASSISTS................................... 15.5

18.6................................. TURNOVERS................................ 16.6

8.0........................................ STEALS.................................... 12.2

4.6....................................... BLOCKS..................................... 4.6

 

WATCH OUT FOR THE TRAP!

If the Seminoles want to continue their strong play in the ACC, they need to watch out for a Miami club that has played spoiler to them in the past. Just like this year, FSU entered its matchup with the Hurricanes during the 2004-05 season with a national ranking and a one-loss record in the conference. Miami wound up pulling off the upset in that game - a defeat that was then followed up by a loss in two of FSU's next three conference games.

 

SEMINOLES OWN THE SUNSHINE STATE

Florida State is 167-74 all-time against teams from the state of Florida. FSU has played Florida Gulf Coast, Florida and UCF this year as the team defeated the Eagles, fell to the Gators and then beat UCF. Prior to losing to UF on Nov. 23, the Seminoles were riding a 15-game win-streak against in-state foes.

 

HIGHEST RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY

Florida State's No. 15 ranking in this week's Associated Press poll is the highest ranking in program history.  FSU has spent five weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and three currently) which is also a program record.  The Seminoles are also ranked No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

 

MAKING NOISE IN THE ACC

Not only is FSU's 7-1 conference record the best in program history but the Seminoles have reached those seven wins the fastest ever for a women's basketball team at Florida State.  FSU has already tied its ACC win total from a season ago when the Seminoles finished 7-7 in league play.  Since joining the league, FSU has now earned seven or more ACC wins nine times and eight of those times have been under Sue Semrau's direction.  FSU earned a program-best 10 wins in ACC play twice (2005-06, 2006-07).

 

FRESHOUR GETS TO 1,000

Senior guard Mara Freshour scored a game- and season-high 22 points against Boston College and by doing so became the 23rd player in Florida State history to reach 1,000 career points. Freshour's accomplishment marks the second time this season an FSU player has reached that scoring plateau as fellow senior Tanae Davis-Cain hit 1,000 for her career in the game against UCF. Both Davis-Cain and Freshour are also Nos. 1 and 2 in most 3-pointers made in a Seminoles career.

 

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,125

Mara Freshour: 1,008

 

Career 3-Pointers

1. Tanae Davis-Cain      173

2. Mara Freshour          154

 

SEMINOLES ARE PERFECT ON THE ROAD

FSU travels to play in Coral Gables, Fla., boasting an unblemished record on the road this season. By beating Boston College, the Seminoles moved to a perfect 7-0 in opponents' home gyms on the year. In addition to winning at Boston College, FSU has won at UNF, Temple, LSU, Virginia Tech, NC State and No. 14 Virginia.

 

MONROE WITHIN REACH OF A MILESTONE

Despite the fact that she was held without a block for the first time in 12 games and for just the third time all year against Boston College, Jacinta Monroe has a team-best 63 blocks this season and is just 17 away from tying the FSU single-season record of 80 blocks set by Brooke Wyckoff during the 1997-98 season. Monroe now has 204 career blocked shots and is just six shy of breaking Wyckoff's all-time career record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Monroe is averaging 2.6 blocks per game this season. Against ACC foes, Monroe has 29 blocks. This gives her a 3.6 block per game average, ranking her second in the league. Her nine blocks against Georgia Tech and her seven swats against Duke are the two highest single game totals in the conference this season.

 

HOMECOMING FOR MONROE, HARVIN

Junior forwards Alysha Harvin (Dania, Fla.) and Jacinta Monroe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are both from the Miami area and will get to play in front of friends and family when the Seminoles and Hurricanes square off. In two career games playing at Miami for both players, Monroe has averaged 16.5 points per game and Harvin has averaged 9.5. Monroe led all Seminoles last season at Miami with 21 points.

 

NEW BUT FAMILIAR STARTING FIVE AGAINST BC

Florida State head coach Sue Semrau utilized a new - albeit familiar - lineup against Boston College. For the first time in nine games, junior forward Alysha Harvin was replaced in the starting five by Cierra Bravard while all the other starters remained the same. The starting unit of Bravard, Jacinta Monroe, Tanae Davis-Cain, Mara Freshour and Courtney Ward is the same group that started the first four games of the season for the Seminoles.  This lineup is now 4-1 overall.

 

FSU BENCH ANSWERS THE CALL

The FSU bench outscored Boston College's bench 17-7 thanks to a strong effort by Alysha Harvin and Christian Hunnciutt. Those two players combined for 10 points while reserve forward Cayla Moore held her own against the Eagles' dominant post-player, 6-foot-6 Carolyn Swords.

 

MORE MINUTES AND A 3-POINTER, TOO

Sophomore guard Christian Hunnicutt's 13 minutes of action against Boston College was her most in nine games and the Jonesboro, Ga., native didn't disappoint when on the basketball court. Not only did she finish with five points - including her second 3-pointer of the year - but she was strong on the defensive end, helping limit Eagles' guard Mickel Picco.

 

MORE ON THE STOPPING OF PICCO AND THE EAGLES

Mickel Picco entered the game against FSU averaging a team-best 17.4 ppg for Boston College. But the combined defensive effort of guards Tanae Davis-Cain, Angel Gray and Christian Hunnicutt limited the Eagles' best scorer to just seven points on 3-for-15 shooting - including a 1-for-10 clip from 3-point range. As a whole, the defense held Boston College to just 31 percent shooting from the field.

 

SEASON-HIGH FOR "FRESH"

Senior guard Mara Freshour's 22 points in the win over the Eagles was her most of the season. Her previous high this year was the 21 she scored in the win over No. 3 Duke.

 

60 PERCENT FROM BEHIND THE ARC!

FSU's 60 percent shooting from 3-point range against Boston College was its highest of the season. The previous high this year was the 56.3-percent that the Seminoles registered in the loss to No. 1 UConn in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico in December.

 

DOUBLE-DIGIT STREAK OVER FOR MONROE

FSU leading scorer Jacinta Monroe was held to just seven points against Boston College - ending her streak of six-straight games of scoring in double figures.

 

SAME GOES FOR WARD

Like Jacinta Monroe, point guard Courtney Ward was limited on the offensive end as she scored just three against Boston College - putting to rest her five-game streak of scoring in double figures. Her three points marked just the second time in eight games that she didn't score in double figures against an ACC team this season.

 

JUST 15.3 TURNOVERS PER GAME THE LAST FOUR

Florida State turned the ball over less than its average against Boston College as the Seminoles had just 16 turnovers in the win. The Seminoles are now averaging 18.6 turnovers per game. In fact, FSU is averaging just 15.3 turnovers per game over the past four contests. 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           18.6

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

 

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 tied with Shante Williams for fifth place all-time in program history with 121 games played in her career. 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. Glenda Stokes          130

                                    2. Alicia Gladden           126

                                    3. LeeVayne Oliver       122

                                        Holly Johnson           122

                                    5. Shante Wiliams        121

                                        Mara Freshour        121

 

MORE THAN LAST YEAR IN THE REGULAR SEASON

Florida State's 19 wins already surpasses the regular season total from the 2007-08 season (17). It is also the second-fastest the team has gotten to 19 wins under Sue Semrau. The Seminoles notched their 19th win of the 2004-05 season on Feb. 3 with a 73-49 victory at Lipscomb, 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. 19 was on Feb. 18 against Virginia), and in 2005-06 the Seminoles had 19 wins in the regular season (No. 19 occurred on Feb. 26 against No. 17.19 Boston College).

 

TYING LAST YEAR'S TOTAL WINS

FSU's 19 wins this season ties last year's total wins.  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. 

 

SHOOTING MORE THREES IN ACC PLAY

Florida State has recently found its comfort zone behind the 3-point arc. In the first 16 games of the season, the Seminoles only shot 35.4 percent from 3-point range (75-for-212). Since the start of ACC play, though, FSU has shot 44.9 percent from behind the arc (57-for-127) - good enough to lead the conference with an average of 7.2 3-pointers per game. Last year in conference play, the Seminoles only averaged 5.1 three-pointers per game.

 

FRESHOUR ON THE BOARDS

Mara Freshour has been doing an excellent job scoring in conference games, posting a 14.8 per game average. But if she or her teammates fail to convert a shot, she has been aggressive in grabbing offensive rebounds. Her 26 offensive boards in conference play gives her a 3.3 per game average, ranking her eighth in the conference. While that is impressive on its own, she is the only true guard to rank in the top 10 in that category. 

 

DAVIS-CAIN HAS 52 THREE-POINTERS THIS YEAR

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 52 of her 3-point attempts this season, which ties her own record for third all-time on the list of most 3-pointers made in a season.  Davis-Cain made 52 during the 2006-07 season. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 - a mark she set last year.

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

With her three 3-pointers against Maryland, Courtney Ward now has now made 26 treys on the season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 all season. Courtney Ward's proficiency behind the 3-point line has been some of the best the program has ever seen. She is currently shooting .565 (26-46) from behind the arc this season, and .421 (54-for-128) for her career. That would place her at the top of the all-time career and single-season 3-point percentage ranks.

 

Season 3-point FG% (min 20 made)                           

1. Courtney Ward, 2008-09................. .565 (23 games)

2. Robin Storey, 1988-89........................... .475 (27 games)

3. Mara Freshour, 2007-08.................. .429 (33 games) 

Career 3-point FG%

1. Courtney Ward, 2007-pres.............. .421 (56 games)

2. Robin Storey, 1987-89........................... .414 (54 games)

3. Mara Freshour, 2005-pres............. .389 (121 games)

 

MORE ON WARD FROM 3-POINT RANGE

Courtney Ward's .565 shooting percentage from 3-point range for the season places her atop the conference rankings by a wide margin. Her closest competitor is Heather Claytor from UNC with a .470 percentage. Ward would place second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage, but needs at least 2.0 3-pointers per game to qualify, and she only has 1.1 per game.

 

THE SEMINOLES AS  A TEAM FROM THREE

Along with Florida State leading the conference as a team in 3-point shooting percentage during ACC games, three of the top six individual players in that category also don the garnet and gold. Courtney Ward ranks third with .571, and Mara Freshour and Alysha Harvin are tied for fifth with a .471 percentage.

 

A LOOK AT THE SEMINOLE "D" IN THE ACC

Florida State has been getting it done on both ends of the floor this season. In the eight conference games that they have played, they have averaged 70.9 points per game, while giving up 62.5 points per game. Those both rank No. 4 in the ACC, and FSU is the only team to rank in the top 4 in both categories.

 

WARD WITH THE ASSIST

Courtney Ward has been spreading the wealth around this season. She has 110 assists on the season already in 24 games, after dishing out 102 assists in 2007-08 while playing in 33 games. She also has a conference-leading 48 assists this season in ACC games for a 6.0 per game average. She also holds the two top assist games in conference play with her 10 assist performance against Duke and her nine assists against Georgia Tech.

 

STREAK STOPPED

Entering the matchup with No. 8 Maryland, FSU was one of the hottest teams in the United States as the Seminoles had rattled off nine-straight wins and were a perfect 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. But against the Terrapins that winning streak came to an end when Maryland guard Kristi Tolliver hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 72-71 victory.  The nine-game winning streak ranks as one of Florida State's longest streaks in program history.  In 2004-05, the Seminoles opened the season with 12 straight victories - a program best.  In the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1990-91 seasons, FSU recorded 10-game winning streaks.

 

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

The Seminoles' loss to Maryland sure must have felt strange to the players seeing as it had been over a month since their last loss. The last time that FSU came away with an "L" was in Cancun, Mexico way back on Dec. 21 to the undisputed No. 1 team in the country, UConn. The last time that the Seminoles had lost in the United States was even further back as that occurred over two months ago on Nov. 29 when Valparaiso earned an upset in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD STOPS AT SIX

Before being stunned by Maryland, FSU's victory over No. 3 Duke earned the program its first-ever six-game winning streak in ACC play.

 

SO CLOSE TO ANOTHER SCHOOL-BEST

If No. 8 Maryland hadn't escaped with a last-second shot to win the game, FSU would have tied 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. FSU has earned wins over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 25 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Virginia and No. 3 Duke this season. The Seminoles have their second chance to set that record when North Carolina comes to town Feb. 13.

 

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

Florida State's one-point loss to No. 8 Maryland is now the ninth game under Sue Semrau that has been determined by the slimmest of margins and five of those have occurred in just the past three seasons. Her record in one-point games is now 6-3, with two of those losses coming against Maryland.

 

CLOSE BALLGAMES IN THE SEMRAU ERA

Jan. 8, 1998............... W............. 64-63............. Wake Forest

Jan. 12, 2000............. L.............. 68-67.................. Maryland

Jan. 5, 2001............... W............. 66-65............ Georgia Tech

Dec. 19, 2001............ W............. 62-61..................... Indiana

Jan. 18, 2007............. W............. 61-60.................. Clemson 

Dec. 27, 2007............ W............. 52-51................... Samford

Feb. 28, 2008............ W............. 50-49....................... Miami

March 24, 2008.......... L.......... 73-72(OT).... Oklahoma State

Feb. 2, 2009............... L.............. 72-71.................. Maryland

 

GOING DOWNTOWN vs. virginia and maryland

Florida State connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers in the Virginia win and then made that many again in the loss to Maryland. FSU has now made more 3-pointers than its opponents in 11 games this year. The 10 three-pointers in two games this year is the most by FSU since the Seminoles hit 10 triples vs. Clemson back in the 2004-05 season on February 9, 2005.  The Seminoles hit 10 triples in a game twice that year with 10 vs. Miami-Ohio on November 24, 2004.  FSU made nine 3-pointers in five different games last season on its way to a program-best 182 triples for the season. 

 

OVER RANKED FOES

The Seminoles had achieved four-straight victories against top 25 opponents before the loss to No. 8 Maryland. 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 4-2 on the season against ranked opponents, with its only losses coming against No. 1 UConn and No. 8 Maryland. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 24-145 in games played against ranked opponents. Twelve of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.

 

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 marked 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.

 

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.

 

NO. 3?  NO PROBLEM!

Prior to this season, Florida State had only 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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

BRAVARD SHOOTS A HIGH PERCENTAGE

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has had a terrific rookie season so far as the Sandusky, Ohio native is fourth on the team with 9.9 ppg and has started 15 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 Miami, Bravard ranks sixth all-time in field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 87-for-152 on the season for a mark of .572, placing her second in the conference for the entire season.

 

SEVEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR MONROE

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocked shots (2.6 bpg). 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 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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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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