May 6, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced Florida State Women's Basketball's 2014-15 home/away opponents in league play, which include several quality matchups against top-notch teams from one of the nation's toughest conferences.
The format for regular-season play is a 16-game ACC schedule. Each team will play two opponents home and away, and will face six opponents at home only and another six on the road only.
"ACC fans will appreciate the fact that the rival partners, those conference members that will play each other home and away each season, are the same for ACC men and women's basketball," said Nora Lynn Finch, Senior Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball. "For ACC women's basketball, the only conference opponents who repeat home and away games each season will be the `rival partners'. Long-standing rivalries will be honored, and new conference rivalries will be developed with a schedule that is certain to entertain our fans and challenge our teams."
In the upcoming 2014-15 season, the Seminoles will have home and away games against their two rival partners in Miami and Clemson. Florida State hosts a slew of entertaining home games at the newly renovated Donald L. Tucker Center, highlighted by a visit from reigning NCAA Elite Eight opponent Louisville. The Cardinals will officially join the ACC on July 1, 2014.
Other ACC home games for the Seminoles include Duke, NC State, Syracuse, Pitt and Wake Forest. Overall, FSU will play an eight-game home schedule against ACC opponents while fulfilling its other eight games versus conference opponents on the road. Among the 2014-15 ACC home opponents, Syracuse and Pitt will be making first-time visits to Tallahassee.
Florida State will have road tests at 2014 NCAA National Runner-up Notre Dame, reigning NCAA Elite Eight school North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College. FSU's trip to South Bend, Ind., to play the Fighting Irish will be its first in school history.
Dates and times for Florida State's 16 ACC matchups will be announced later in the summer.
The ACC was represented by nine postseason squads in 2014, including eight teams in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, which was tied for the most of any conference. The league had three teams advance to the Regional Finals and two in the Final Four. The ACC finished the 2013-14 season with a 184-91 (.669) record against non-conference competition.
The Seminoles are coming off a 21-12 overall record in their 2013-14 campaign that included their ninth NCAA postseason appearance in the last 10 seasons under head coach Sue Semrau. FSU also won its NCAA first-round game for the 11th straight time when it upended No. 7 seed Iowa State on the road in the Ames Regional.
FSU brings back plenty of talent to make the 2014-15 outlook very bright. Rising sophomore standouts Brittany Brown and Ivey Slaughter help bolster the Seminoles' back court and front court, while the depth-filled positions of point guard and shooting guard include rising junior Emiah Bingley, rising redshirt junior Morgan Jones, rising redshirt junior Shakena Richardson and rising redshirt senior Maegan Conwright. The development of center Kai James can also be a key piece that helps FSU succeed in the upcoming year.
Also, the `Noles bring in a formidable 2014 recruiting class that includes top-notch guard/forward Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga, Ala.), guard Chania Ray (Alexandria, Va.) and center/forward Ama Degbeon (Grünberg, Germany).
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com for more news on FSU Women's Basketball season tickets available this summer, and also be on the lookout for more updates on the renovations scheduled for the Donald L. Tucker Center this offseason.
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