Sept. 8, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Head coach Sue Semrau and the athletics administration at Florida State University officially announced the 2010-11 women’s basketball schedule Wednesday morning.
Featuring an overall schedule that includes eight opponents that went to the NCAA Tournament last year, the Seminoles’ must navigate a challenging non-conference calendar highlighted by a rematch with defending national champion Connecticut on Dec. 21 before kicking off the Atlantic Coast Conference slate on Jan. 6 at Virginia Tech.
“Each year we focus on doing everything that we can to prepare ourselves for success in the ACC and the postseason,” Semrau said. “That starts with developing a competitive and strong non-conference schedule to begin the year. We have done that this season with several non-conference games against teams that competed for postseason championships last year.”
Coming off the program’s first trip to the Elite Eight last season, FSU’s non-conference road schedule has them traveling to Auburn, Western Carolina, Yale and Missouri in addition to the game against the Huskies. The ‘Noles will also play in a Bahamas tournament in late November against Alabama and either Arizona State or Providence.
FSU gets non-conference home games against Alabama State, Colorado State, Vanderbilt, Jacksonville State, UCF, Florida, Stetson and Michigan State for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
In the previous three ACC/Big Ten Challenges, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia remain undefeated for the ACC, while Michigan boasts the only unbeaten record among Big Ten squads.
As for conference play, the Seminoles will be defending their back-to-back regular-season co-ACC championships with league contests on the road at Virginia Tech, Clemson, Boston College, NC State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Miami.
The Cavaliers, Hurricanes, Tigers, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia Tech all come play at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“The ACC is historically one of the toughest conferences in the entire country and that is no different this year,” Semrau said. “We are defending our regular-season ACC Championship. We have a great ACC home slate and our home-court advantage is tremendous.”
As of Wednesday, six of Florida State’s 2010-11 games will be aired on television, with the Feb. 20 game at home against Maryland set to be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
Five more games will air regionally on Raycom Sports with the possibility of future television dates being added.
Florida State officially gets the 2010-11 campaign started with an Oct. 24 home exhibition at 3 p.m. against Alabama-Huntsville.