Nov. 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team is back in action for the 2013-14 season as it hosts UNC Greensboro on Friday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in an ESPN3-streamed game at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Calling the action on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app is play-by-play man Rob Wilson and color analyst Melissa Bruner. Fans can also listen to the game on WNLS 1270 AM as well as Seminoles.com, as Drew Branyon and Bob Thomas will be on the radio call.
Friday night's game against the Spartans offers a 2-for-1 doubleheader for fans. A ticket to the women's basketball game is also good for the subsequent FSU men's basketball contest at 8 p.m. against Jacksonville.
"It's extremely exciting," head coach Sue Semrau said about Florida State's season-opening matchup. "I've talked a little bit about our team being young and a little bit restless and I thought we got out on the floor and was really pleased the way our freshmen responded (in the exhibition). There's an eagerness to learn, and the standard we hold them to is very high."
Florida State is 1-0 all-time against UNC Greensboro, having defeated the Spartans last season 93-63 on Dec. 22, 2012, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Just three `Noles on this year's squad in senior forward Natasha Howard, senior guard Cheetah Delgado and redshirt junior forward Lauren Coleman earned court time in last year's win at UNCG.
The `Noles are 32-8 all-time in season openers, having won 19 straight and not dropping their first game of the year since the 1993-94 season. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 16-0 in season openers as Florida State's head coach.
Under Semrau, Florida State has showcased a dynamite offense in season-opening games. In Semrau's 16-game unbeaten streak in season openers, the `Noles have averaged nearly 83 points per game (82.9) and have been held below 60 points just once.
The Seminoles return just three players from last season but add an influx of new talent. The `Noles have three players on their current roster in senior Natasha Howard, redshirt sophomore Morgan Jones and freshman Kai James who each were McDonald's All-Americans coming out of high school.
Howard has been a consistent force offensively and on the glass. The Toledo, Ohio, native begins her senior season with 26 career double-doubles, which is the second-most among active ACC players. If Howard keeps up her current double-double pace, she will surpass FSU great Sue Galkantas (1981-84), who posted a school-record 31 for her career.
Howard's double-double prowess has translated into a whole lot of points and rebounds. The Senior CLASS Award candidate is one of just 11 `Noles who are in the 1,000-point, 700-rebound club.
Florida State holds a 16-10 record all-time against current Southern Conference teams. Semrau is 9-2 versus the current SoCon.
Sophomore guard Lucy Mason headlines the returnees from the Spartans after earning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors last season. UNCG lost just one starter from a season ago and welcomes six newcomers to the fold. Senior Janae' Stevenson is another key returnee who led the Spartans in rebounding in 2012-13 and finished third in scoring.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 Florida State women's basketball season are also on sale now and can be purchased at Seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSUNole.
Season tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for youth and seniors. For the third year in a row, FSU is offering a "Family Pack" for women's hoops season tickets which includes two adults and two youth tickets for $99. Additional youth tickets can be added $15 each.
The website to purchase single-game FSU women's basketball tickets is http://www.seminoles.com/tickets/fsu-tickets-13.html . From there, click on the "2013-14 Women's Basketball Season Tickets" link and you will be directed to the single-game tickets page as well.
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