FSU Women's Basketball to Play in 2014 Cancun Challenge



May 21, 2014


Emiah Bingley and the 'Noles will be in Cancun this season


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will spend its next Thanksgiving weekend in Riviera Maya, Mexico, as it participates in the 2014 Cancun Challenge held at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel on Nov. 27-29.

The Cancun Challenge Riviera Tournament features Florida State, Furman, Hartford and Washington. Each team will play one game per day in a true classic format. Specific matchups and game times will be announced in July. All games in Mexico are played in the Central Time Zone.

“Participating in the Cancun Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our student-athletes,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “When they become a part of this program, we try to not only influence them in a positive direction as players, but also take them to places that perhaps they haven’t been before. We were able to participate in this tournament in 2008 and it will be great to spend part of the holiday season as a family doing what we love.”

Florida State will be playing in Cancun for the second time in school history. During the 2008-09 season, the Seminoles participated in the Caribbean Classic against Northern Colorado, Washington and Connecticut in December just before the holidays.

The Cancun Challenge will mark Florida State’s third international tournament played in the last five seasons, as FSU won tournament titles at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas in 2010-11 and at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico in 2012-13.

The Cancun Challenge is one of the most unique basketball events held each year. Teams stay and play at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya near Cancun, Mexico. The resort’s convention center ballroom is converted into an arena which provides fans a special close-up view of the games. Once arriving to the hotel, teams and fans are treated to a spectacular all-inclusive environment with games, practices, food, and fun all in one location.

Seating is limited for this exclusive event, and all fans should book land travel packages through Triple Crown Sports for admission into games in Mexico. Travel packages are the only way to guarantee admission to games at this time. For travel package information, contact Sarah Sullivan by phone at 970-672-0533 or by email at sarah@triplecrownsports.com, or visit the website at www.cancunchallenge.net.

The Seminoles are coming off a 21-12 overall record in the 2013-14 season which included an NCAA Tournament appearance for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. FSU finished the year with 10 Top 100 RPI victories.

For more information on Florida State women's basketball throughout the offseason, follow the Seminoles on Twitter at @FSU_WBasketball and like their official Facebook page (Facebook.com/FSUWomensBasketball).


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