TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball head coach Sue Semrau has announced the 2014-15 season schedule, which includes a challenging slate of nine NCAA postseason opponents from last year, several attractive home matchups and 19 televised/streamed contests.
“We are extremely excited about the schedule we have this upcoming season,” Semrau said. “The ACC is such a tremendous conference and we have no shortage of quality opponents from the league, and we also have some good non-conference tests. We’re playing several NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and have 19 games televised, which will allow our fan base to see us many times during the season.”
Nearly two-thirds of Florida State’s 30-game schedule will feature a televised and/or streamed contest on ESPN3 or through the WatchESPN app. Two of FSU’s televised events occur at the renovated Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, and include a matchup against Duke (Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.) and Syracuse (Monday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.). Both games will air on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks.
The five other RSN contests all happen on the road against Georgia Tech (Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.), North Carolina (Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.), Virginia (Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m.), Boston College (Sunday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m.) and Miami (Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m.).
RSN, which reaches in excess of 51.4 million homes and includes Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network, the Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania. All ACC games produced as part of the RSN package will be available via WatchESPN, but are subject to regional blackout.
For the second consecutive season, all of Florida State’s home games that are not televised will be broadcast on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app. FSU’s list of quality home matchups include the annual clash against rival Florida on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. ACC newcomer Louisville visits Tallahassee on Thursday, Jan. 22, for a 7 p.m. tilt.
FSU’s other home games, all of which will air on ESPN3, are the season-opener against UAB (Nov. 14, 7 p.m.), a special 11 a.m. tip against Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 18), North Florida (Dec. 16, 7 p.m.), Savannah State (Dec. 19, 7 p.m.) and Jacksonville (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.).
The ACC season will feature several more great matchups at home. Pitt makes its first visit to Tallahassee on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m., and Wake Forest pays a visit on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. In-state foe Miami plays its first of two games against the Seminoles on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m., and Clemson travels for a Feb. 19 tilt at 7 p.m. FSU ends its home season facing NC State on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
The challenge of winning on the road in ACC play looms large once again. Among FSU’s toughest road matchups is a conference-opening game at NCAA National Runner-up Notre Dame on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The ‘Noles also face Clemson (Jan. 8), Virginia Tech (Jan. 18) and Boston College (Feb. 22) on the road in conference play. Clemson and Miami are pitted as FSU’s only two-time opponents for the 2014-15 regular season.
FSU will participate in two non-conference tournaments during the regular season, highlighted by the Cancun Challenge at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya tournament during Thanksgiving time on Nov. 27-29. FSU will face Washington on Nov. 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET, Furman on Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. ET and Hartford on Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Seminoles also travel to Dallas, Texas, for a two-game tournament hosted by North Texas. FSU will play Eastern Illinois on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. and Massachusetts on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.
Semrau begins her 18th season at FSU with one of her deepest groups ever. This year, the ‘Noles have 14 roster players, tied for the third most in the Semrau era at FSU (1997-present). The Seminoles boast some talented newcomers, including junior Adut Bulgak, sophomore Leticia Romero and freshman Ama Degbeon. All three begin their FSU careers after spending the summer playing in high-level FIBA competition overseas.
Sophomore Brittany Brown is the top returning ACC player in steals per game with 2.3 last season. She anchors a defensive unit that finished second in the league behind only UNC with 10.2 steals per game in 2013-14. Also returning for the ‘Noles are sophomores Ivey Slaughter and Kai James, redshirt freshman Gabby Bevillard, junior Emiah Bingley, redshirt juniors Morgan Jones and Shakena Richardson and redshirt seniors Lauren Coleman and Maegan Conwright.
Outstanding freshmen begin trying to make their mark on the program, including McDonald’s All-American forward Shakayla Thomas and guard Chania Ray. Thomas is one of seven McDonald’s All-Americans to begin their collegiate careers in the ACC this upcoming season.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 season are already on sale and can be purchased on Seminoles.com. The Family Pack plan is a package that includes two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets for only $99. Additional youth tickets to the family pack can be added for only $15.
Fans can also purchase individual season tickets, with the costs being just $50 for an adult, $25 for seniors and $25 for youth.
Current season ticket holders are urged to renew their season tickets by Oct. 1. Renewing by that priority deadline will allow season ticket holders to enjoy exclusive benefits like attending the FSU Women’s Basketball open house, meet and greets and much more.
Also, fans who renew or purchase their season tickets by Oct. 1 will be automatically entered to get their season tickets delivered in person by members of the team.
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