Nov. 1, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team captured a No. 13 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll released on Tuesday. The Seminoles appear in the coaches' preseason poll for the fifth consecutive season.
Florida State, who was slotted at No. 14 in the Associated Press' preseason poll, is one of five ACC teams that garnered mention in the rankings. FSU joined No. 7 Miami, No. 8 Duke, No. 10 Maryland and No. 19 North Carolina.
The Noles ended the 2010-11 campaign ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN poll after finishing 24-8 and advancing to their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament.
The Seminoles' upcoming campaign features seven matchups with preseason ranked opponents. The Noles welcome No. 9 Louisville on Nov. 25, open the ACC against No. 11/10 Maryland on Jan. 2 and host No. 20/19 North Carolina on Feb. 15. FSU faces No. 7 Miami and No. 8 Duke twice apiece. The Garnet and Gold welcome the Hurricanes on Jan. 15 and travel to Coral Gables, Fla., on Feb. 19. FSU journeys to Durham, N.C. on Jan. 13 to face the Blue Devils before welcoming the defending conference champions to the Donald L. Tucker Center on Feb. 12.
Led by senior honorable mention All-American Cierra Bravard, Florida State was picked to finish fourth in the ACC. The Noles return three starters and nine letterwinners from a year ago.
Bravard is geared up for her final year of collegiate hoops. The 6-4, Sandusky, Ohio, native has been named to the Wooden Award and Wade Award Watch Lists as well as the Sporting News' Preseason All-America First Team and the Preseason All-ACC First Team.
Among college basketball preview magazines, the Noles were ranked No. 14 by Sporting News and No. 19 in the Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview.
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USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Poll (11-1-11)
1. Baylor (17)
2. Notre Dame (5)
3. Tennessee (3)
4. Connecticut (2)
5. Stanford (2)
6. Texas A&M (2)
7. Miami (FL)
13. Florida State
14. Penn State
19. North Carolina
24. Wisconsin-Green Bay
25. Michigan State