FSU Captures No. 8 Seed, Faces Princeton in NCAAs



March 18, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State women's basketball team captured a No. 8 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will face No. 9 seed Princeton in the first round in Waco, Texas on Sunday at 5:10 p.m. ET at the Ferrell Center.

The game will air live on ESPN2.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSUNOLE or HERE at Seminoles.com. Tickets for second round games will be available to fans that purchase first round tickets.

No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 16 seed Prairie View A&M will also be Waco for the first and second rounds, which are part of the Oklahoma City Region. A first round victory would propel the Seminoles into a contest between the winner of the Bears/Panthers matchup on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

"There are only 64 teams that are privileged to compete and we're excited to be back there to travel and meet a very good Princeton team in the first round," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "I know (Princeton's) coach (Courtney Banghart) and she does an excellent job with their team. They're extremely well coached. They're an extremely smart team. They have the player of the year from the Ivy League (Niveen Rasheed). They're going to be a tough match up."

This is Florida State's 12th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and eighth selection in the past nine years. The Seminoles missed the tournament last season after seven straight appearances.

FSU will enter the "Big Dance" with a 22-9 record and as the ACC's leader in scoring (76.2 points per game). Florida State ranks fifth nationally in field goal percentage (.459) and seventh in scoring.

"I'm very excited," senior guard Alexa Deluzio said. "Last year was hard to handle, having no postseason and having to go right into practicing. I'm just happy we get to play. I have more games to play with my team."

The Seminoles had a league-high three All-ACC First Team honorees this season as senior guards Deluzio and Leonor Rodriguez and junior forward Natasha Howard all earned the prestigious accolade.

Senior Chasity Clayton also nabbed ACC Sixth Player of the Year.

FSU has never faced Princeton, Baylor or Prairie View A&M and will be a No. 8 seed for the first time in school history.

The Seminoles are 12-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida State went 8-5 against teams that also made the tourney this season, beating Stetson, Iowa, Miami (three times) and Vanderbilt, splitting with Maryland and North Carolina and falling to Nebraska and Duke (twice).

"I'm ecstatic right now," senior guard Morgan Toles said. "It's an unbelievable feeling. All my three years in college I've never been able to experience the tournament. The selection show was great, having all the fans behind us. I'm just really excited."

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Florida State Quotes Following Monday's NCAA Selection Show

Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau
On being selected into the NCAA Tournament...
"There are only 64 teams that are privileged to compete and we're excited to be back there to travel and meet a very good Princeton team in the first round."

On the crowd tonight...
"It was fantastic. It's been that way all year. We've got great fans here in Tallahassee. Obviously, it would be nice to be closer enough to where they can travel, but for them to be here tonight backing us it's just huge. It meant a lot to us."

On if she was surprised to get the eight seed...
"A little bit. Maybe our resume worked us a little bit higher, but we're just excited to be back. Really doesn't matter, we're just getting ready to play somebody and it might as well be Princeton."

On how much of Princeton she's seen...
"I haven't seen any. I do know their coach and she does an excellent job with their team. They're extremely well coach, they're an extremely smart team. They have the player of the year from the Ivy (League). They're going to be a tough match up."

On waiting for the seed to be announced...
"I feel like that's what we get to do all the time. We throw a good party and we might as well just wait to the last and have all of the suspense, but certainly knowing that we were in the tournament, just knowing where we were going to go was the anticipation."

Florida State senior guard Alexa Deluzio
On how excited she is to get back in the NCAA tournament...
"I'm very excited. Last year was hard to handle, having no postseason and having to go right into practicing. I'm just happy we get to play. I have more games to play with my team."

"I can't wait. I'm so excited to play. Princeton is a great team. We are going to have to work hard to get past them and then we get the opportunity to play Baylor if we take care of business against Princeton." "We are going to have fun tonight, celebrate, and then get busy and really focus on film and make sure we take care of that win."

On game plan for Princeton...
"I'm sure naturally the focus and intensity is going to be greater but we are going to just treat it like any other game."

On possible matchup with Baylor...
"I'm really excited. I mean someone told me `to be the best you have to play the best,' and that's so true."

On being excited to see the fans tonight...
"At Florida State we have a great fan base and everyone is so involved so it was fun seeing so many people. We ran out of food and drinks, so I guess that's a good sign."

On having to wait for the last region to be called...
"It was nerve wrecking. You know you start thinking, `Are we going to make it, are we not?' But to see our name on the screen, that was overwhelming. I knew we were going to make it, but there's always a little doubt."

Senior point guard Morgan Toles
How it feels to be playing in her first ever NCAA Tournament...
"I'm ecstatic right now. It's an unbelievable feeling. All my three years in college I've never been able to experience the tournament. The selection show was great, having all the fans behind us. I'm just really excited."

How it felt waiting till the last side of the bracket to be revealed...
"Extremely nervous and a lot of anticipation, but it was fun. There was a lot of energy and we were just waiting to see where we were seeded."

On getting an No. 8 seed...
"It is what it is. Bottom line is that we're still going to play basketball. We've got to focus on Princeton right now and getting past the first round and doing what we can do."

On being able to back up Coach Sue's "David vs. Goliath" comparison...
"Yeah we are. We've been battling all year and you always want to go against the best. But right now, like she said, we have to focus on Princeton. They are an extremely well coached team and extremely talented so when we get past them then we will see what we are able to do."

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