Coach Semrau Goes for Win No. 200 as No. 14/17 FSU Hosts No. 8/7 UNC Friday at 6:30 p.m.
12th-year head coach Sue Semrau currently has 199 career victories

12th-year head coach Sue Semrau currently has 199 career victories

Feb. 11, 2009

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#14 Florida State Seminoles (20-5) (8-1 ACC)

#8 North Carolina Tar Heels (21-3) (6-2 ACC)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Boasting the highest ranking in program history, the No. 14/17 Florida State women's basketball team will be looking to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference as No. 8/7 North Carolina comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. showdown on Friday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

 

FSU (20-5, 8-1 ACC) has won 11 of its last 12 and is currently in first place in the conference. By defeating the Tar Heels (21-3, 6-2), the Seminoles would tie the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five and head coach Sue Semrau would achieve career victory No. 200.

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In addition to gunning for her staggering 200th victory in Tallahassee, Semrau will coach Friday's game without any shoes on. FSU's 12th-year head coach will go barefoot as she shows support for the Samaritan's Feet campaign.

 

Fans that wish to gain free entry into the pivotal ACC matchup can help the cause as well. Everyone that donates a new pair of shoes will be admitted into the Donald L. Tucker Center for free.

 

Friday's game will be broadcast on Sun Sports and can be heard on the radio by turning the dial to 1270 AM or on Seminoles.com.

 

ONE MORE TO GO IN THE QUEST FOR 200

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.  With a win at Miami, Semrau enters the showdown with North Carolina looking to earn the 200th victory of her stellar 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 199-157.

 

THE FSU-UNC SERIES

North Carolina holds a 27-7 advantage in a series between the two schools that dates back to the 1981-92 season. FSU enters Friday's matchup having lost the past three games against UNC.  FSU's last win over UNC was a 79-73 thrilling overtime victory during the 2004-05 season. Interestingly enough, each of FSU's past two victories over the Tar Heels have come in overtime.  FSU and UNC have met just one time the last three seasons.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. NORTH CAROLINA.... 7-27

1981-82........ W................. 77-68....................... (N)

1982-83........ W................. 75-74....................... (N)

1987-88......... L.................. 79-82....................... (A)

1991-92........ W................. 70-61....................... (H)

...................... L.................. 52-69....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 69-81....................... (N)

1992-93........ W................. 85-66....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 60-73....................... (H)

1993-94......... L................. 61-102...................... (A)

...................... L.................. 48-71....................... (H)

1994-95......... L.................. 52-77....................... (H)

...................... L.................. 47-92....................... (A)

1995-96......... L.................. 59-67....................... (A)

...................... W................. 73-64....................... (H)

1996-97......... L.................. 63-88....................... (H)

...................... L.................. 56-82....................... (A)

1997-98......... L................. 77-103...................... (A)

...................... L.................. 58-75....................... (H)

1998-99......... L............ 101-112(OT)................... H)

...................... L.................. 76-87....................... (A)

1999-00......... L.................. 76-77....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 74-78....................... (H)

2000-01......... L.................. 62-75....................... (H)

...................... W.............. 80-78(OT).................... (A)

2001-02......... L.................. 81-93....................... (H)

...................... L.................. 63-93....................... (A)

2002-03......... L.................. 53-74....................... (H)

...................... L.................. 56-72....................... (A)

2003-04......... L.................. 60-66....................... (A)

...................... L.................. 58-71....................... (H)

2004-05........ W.............. 79-72(OT).................... (H)

2005-06......... L.................. 51-68....................... (A)

2006-07......... L.................. 59-80....................... (H)

2007-08......... L.................. 77-97....................... (A)

 

LAST SEASON AGAINST THE TAR HEELS

Florida State and North Carolina only met once time last season and the third-ranked Tar Heels earned a lopsided 97-77 victory in Chapel Hill, N.C. For the Seminoles, guard Tanae Davis-Cain posted a game-high 25 points while guard Christian Hunnicutt was the only other player to score in double figures as she finished with 11 points.

 

Scouting NORTH CAROLINA

FSU.................................. PER GAME................................ UNC

70.9...................................... POINTS.................................... 84.5

.427 ....................................... FG%....................................... .461

.389...................................... 3 FG%..................................... .344

.668........................................ FT%....................................... .702

41.3.................................. REBOUNDS................................. 45.2

13.5..................................... ASSISTS................................... 17.8

18.5................................. TURNOVERS................................ 20.0

8.2........................................ STEALS.................................... 13.0

4.7....................................... BLOCKS..................................... 7.1

 

HIGHEST RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY

Florida State's ranking of No. 14 in this week's Associated Press poll, and No. 17 in this week's USA TODAY/ESPN Poll, are the highest rankings in program history.  FSU has spent six weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and four currently) which is also a program record. 

 

ANOTHER 20 WIN SEASON

Florida State has now recorded 20 or more wins in a season for the eighth time in school history and for the fourth time in the Sue Semrau era, including in four of the of the past five seasons.

 

IMPROVEMENT IN THE ACC

By beating Miami, FSU earned conference win No. 8 of the season. The Seminoles have now earned more ACC victories this year than they did all of last year when they finished 7-7 in league play. Under head coach Sue Semrau, FSU has now recorded eight or more conference wins six times.

 

BEST START EVER IN THE CONFERENCE

Florida State's 8-1 league record is its best start ever in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The school record for best ACC record at season's end is 10-4 as the Seminoles have achieved that record twice in program history - both in the Sue Semrau era.

 

FASTEST TO 20 OVERALL, EIGHT IN THE ACC

By moving to 20-5 overall and 8-1 in the conference on Feb. 8, FSU set new school records (by date) for fastest ever in program history to both 20 wins overall and eight in league play. The previous record for fastest to 20 was set twice in FSU history as the team accomplished that many wins on the same date of Feb. 9 during the 1982-83 and 2004-05 seasons. The fastest FSU had ever accrued eight ACC wins happened during the 2000-01 season when the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, 73-61, on Feb. 15 of that year.

 

MORE WINS THAN ALL OF LAST YEAR

FSU's 20 wins this season is one more than the 19 victories the team earned all of last season. 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. 

 

FOUR BLOCKS AWAY FROM NEW SCHOOL RECORD

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe is within reach of setting a new school record for most blocks in a career. FSU's leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker posted two blocks against Miami and now has 206 career blocked shots - putting her just four shy of breaking former Seminole Brooke Wyckoff's all-time career record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Monroe has a team-best 65 blocks this season and is just 15 away from tying the FSU single-season record of 80 blocks set by Wyckoff during the 1997-98 season.  Monroe is averaging 2.6 blocks per game this season. Her nine blocks against Georgia Tech and her seven swats against Duke are the two highest single game totals in the ACC this season.

 

BOTH FSU BASKETBALL TEAMS ENJOYING SUCCESS

For the first time in 17 years, both the women's and men's basketball teams at FSU are nationally-ranked at the same time. The women's team is enjoying its highest ranking ever at No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 17 in the Coaches' Poll.  The No. 25 men are ranked for the first time since December 2003 (Coaches' Poll) and are ranked in both polls for the first time since 1998. 

     During the 1991-1992 season, the women and men were ranked at the same time on three separate occasions. The men were ranked on Jan. 27 at No. 23 in the AP while the women were No. 22 by the AP on Jan 28. That marked the first time in school history both teams were ranked at the same time. The following week the women stayed at No. 22 while the men stayed at No. 23 according to the AP and were added to the ESPN/USA Today poll at No. 23. The week of Feb. 10, 1992 marked the last time both Seminole squads were ranked at the same time.

     This season, however, marks the first time ever that both teams are ranked in both polls at the same time.

 

A WIN OVER UNC WOULD TIE SCHOOL RECORD

If the Seminoles defeat No. 8 North Carolina Friday, they will 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. FSU has earned wins over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 25 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Virginia and No. 3 Duke this season.

 

A WIN WOULD ALSO ADD TO ANOTHER RECORD

FSU has already set the school record for most wins over a top-10 opponent in a season by beating No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 3 Duke. A win over No. 8 UNC would add yet another to that stellar statistic.

 

COACH SUE AND SAMARITAN'S FEET

In 2003, the organization Samaritan's Feet was started with the goal to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million impoverished people in 10 years and Florida State women's basketball head coach Sue Semrau wants to help the cause. When the Seminoles host UNC, Semrau and members of her staff will coach the game in their bare feet to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet. There have been many men's basketball coaches involved in the project.  IUPUI men's basketball head coach Ron Hunter has coached barefoot in a game two-straight seasons.  Semrau will be one of the first female coaches to get involved in the project.

 

A VISIT FROM DAMIEN HORNE

National recording artist Damien Horne will be in attendance at the North Carolina game. Horne's song, "She Can Play" is the official tune for women's basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Horne has been traveling throughout the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and making appearances at various ACC women's basketball games. He most recently appeared at UNC's home game against Duke earlier this week. FSU players have already met Horne as he serenaded them following the Seminoles' win at Miami.

 

SEMINOLES VS. TOBACCO ROAD

Florida State is looking to stay undefeated against the "Tobacco Road" teams of North Carolina - Duke, NC State, UNC and Wake Forest. The Seminoles have already earned a win at NC State and at home against No. 3 Duke. After facing off with UNC at home, FSU will later close out its 2008-09 regular season with a trip to play at Wake Forest on March 1. FSU has actually defeated all four teams in one season --during the 2000-01 season.

 

SEMINOLES STILL PERFECT ON THE ROAD

By beating Miami, the Seminoles moved to 8-0 in true-road games this year. In addition to winning at Miami, FSU has won at UNF, Temple, LSU, Virginia Tech, NC State, No. 14 Virginia and Boston College. The Seminoles have just two more road games this year as they play at Clemson and at Wake Forest. FSU has never finished undefeated on the road in the history of the program.

 

SEMINOLES GO 4-1 AGAINST IN-STATE FOES THIS YEAR

Florida State is now 168-74 all-time against teams from the state of Florida. FSU has played Florida Gulf Coast, UNF Florida, UCF and Miami this year and went 4-1 in those games.

 

MONROE, HARVIN REACH DOUBLE DIGITS at "home"

Junior forwards Alysha Harvin (Dania, Fla.) and Jacinta Monroe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are both from the Miami area and didn't disappoint when playing in front of friends and family in the game at Miami. Harvin finished the game with a team second-best 13 points and tied her career high with two blocks. Monroe scored 10 points and added two blocks and seven rebounds in the winning effort.

 

BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS

Head coach Sue Semrau went back to her most familiar lineup against Miami after switching things up against Boston College. Against the Eagles, true freshman Cierra Bravard started in place of junior Alysha Harvin while starters Jacinta Monroe, Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Courtney Ward remained the same. But against Miami, Semrau inserted Harvin back into the lineup in place of Bravard. That group of starters with Harvin in the lineup is now 9-1 while the group with Bravard boasts a 4-1 record.

 

CAREER HIGH IN BLOCKS FOR HARVIN

Junior forward Alysha Harvin tied her career high with two blocks against Miami. Entering this season, the 5-foot-11 guard/forward had only one block in her two-year career. This season alone, she already has six.

 

MOST POINTS FOR HUNNICUTT IN AWHILE

Sophomore guard Christian Hunnicutt's eight points against Miami was her most in 14 games this season since she posted  nine in the win at Temple on Dec. 7.  The rookie is averaging 6.5 points and 14.0 minutes per game over the last two contests.

 

FRESHOUR TAKES A SPILL

Senior guard Mara Freshour played a team-high 32 minutes in the win over Miami but had to leave the game late in the second half after crashing hard to the floor. The Nashville, Ind., native landed awkwardly on her left side and had to be helped off the court. There was no structural damage - just some deep bruising - and FSU's team captain is expected to start against UNC.

 

JUST RIGHT FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE

The Seminoles shot less than 40 percent from the field against Miami but sure made it count from the free-throw line in that game. By connecting on 19 of their 21 free-throw attempts - including a perfect 12-for-12 in the second half - the Seminoles finished the game shooting a season-high 90.5-percent from the charity stripe.  The last time FSU shot better than 90 percent in a game was in the 2004-05 season.  The Seminoles shot 93.3 percent (14-for-15) vs. Clemson on February 9, 2005 and also at Montana on December 29, 2004.

 

DAVIS-CAIN HAS 56 THREE-POINTERS THIS YEAR

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 56 of her three-point attempts this season, which is good enough for second all-time on the list of most three-pointers made in a season. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 - a mark she set last year. Davis-Cain has made 24 of her three-pointers in ACC games this year, which is good enough for third in the conference at 2.7 triples per conference matchup.

 

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 LeeVayne Oliver and Holly Johnson for third place all-time in program history with 122 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

                                       Mara Freshour         122

 

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 ACC. In the nine conference games that they have played, the Seminoles have averaged 71.3 points per game, while giving up just 61.1 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.

 

JUST 15.4 TURNOVERS PER GAME THE LAST FIVE

Florida State turned the ball over less than its average against Miami as the Seminoles had just 16 turnovers in the win. The Seminoles are now averaging 18.5 turnovers per game. In fact, FSU is averaging just 15.4 turnovers per game over the past five 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           18.5

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 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 at FSU in most three-pointers made in a career.

 

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,143

Mara Freshour: 1,014

 

Career Three-Pointers

1. Tanae Davis-Cain      177

2. Mara Freshour          154

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

With her one three-pointer against Miami, Courtney Ward now has now made 27 treys on the season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 all season. Courtney Ward's proficiency behind the three-point line has been some of the best the program has ever seen. She is currently shooting .540 (27-for-50) from behind the arc this season, and .424 (56-for-132) for her career. That would place her at the top of the all-time career and single-season three-point percentage ranks.

 

Season three-point FG% (min 20 made)                    

1. Courtney Ward, 2008-09................. .540 (23 games)

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

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

Career three-point FG%

1. Courtney Ward, 2007-pres.............. .424 (57 games)

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

3. Mara Freshour, 2005-pres............. .390 (121 games)

 

MORE ON WARD FROM THREE-POINT RANGE

Courtney Ward's .540 shooting percentage from three-point range for the season places her atop the conference rankings by a wide margin. Her closest competitor is Maryland's Kristi Toliver, who has a mark of .468. Ward would place second in the country in three-point field goal percentage, but needs at least 2.0 three-pointers per game to qualify, and she only has 1.1 per game.

 

SHOOTING MORE THREES IN ACC PLAY

Florida State has recently found its comfort zone behind the three-point arc. In the first 16 games of the season, the Seminoles only shot 35.4 percent from three-point range (75-for-212). Since the start of ACC play, though, FSU has shot 44.1 percent from behind the arc (63-for-143) - an average of 7.0 three-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 13.8 points per game in those contests. But if she or her teammates fail to convert a shot, she has been aggressive in grabbing offensive rebounds. Her 27 offensive boards in conference play gives her a 3.3 per game average, ranking her seventh 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. 

 

WARD WITH THE ASSIST

Courtney Ward has been spreading the wealth around this season. She has 115 assists on the season already in 25 games, after dishing out 102 assists in 2007-08 while playing in 33 games. She also has a conference-leading 53 assists this season in ACC games for a 5.9 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.  Last year's leader in assists was Shante Williams with 125 on the season.

 

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 9.8 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 North Carolina, Bravard ranks sixth all-time in field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 89-for-157 on the season for a mark of .567, which also places her second in the conference for the entire season.

 

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 three-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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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 three-pointers than its opponents in 13 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 three-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.

 

SEVEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR MONROE

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (13.3 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.

 

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