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Battle of the ACC’s Best Records: No. 18/20 Florida State Hosts No. 3/6 Duke Thursday at 7 p.m.

Jan. 28, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18/20 Florida State women’s basketball team will host No. 3/6 Duke at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a game that pits the two teams with the best Atlantic Coast Conference records against each other.

 

The Seminoles (17-4, 5-0 ACC) enter Thursday’s showdown riding a wave of momentum after defeating a top-20-ranked Virginia squad in Charlottesville, Va. on Jan. 23. By beating the Cavaliers, FSU extended its winning streak to eight-straight games and set a new school record for best start to league play in school history by moving to 5-0 in the conference.

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The Blue Devils (17-1, 5-0 ACC) travel to Tallahassee boasting an even longer winning streak as they have earned victories in 15-straight ballgames.

 

For those that cannot attend the game between the Seminoles and Blue Devils, all the action can be viewed online at www.ACCSelect.com.

 

FOUR WINS AWAY FROM SEMRAU’S 200th

In her 12th season at the helm of the Florida State women’s basketball program, head coach Sue Semrau is on the verge of accomplishing a terrific career milestone. After defeating Virginia, Semrau now boasts 196 victories in her FSU coaching career and is within grasp of win No. 200. Semrau is already used to making a little magic happen at FSU as she became the program’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record is 196-156.

 

Scouting DUKE

FSU……………………………. PER GAME……………………….. DUKE

70.5……………………………….. POINTS……………………………… 72.1

.427 ………………………………… FG%………………………………… .407

.378……………………………….. 3 FG%………………………………. .313

.657…………………………………. FT%………………………………… .693

42.4……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 46.8

13.4………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 13.5

18.9…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 20.4

8.2…………………………………. STEALS……………………………… 13.9

4.8………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 5.8

 

THE FSU-DUKE SERIES

The Seminoles-Blue Devils rivalry dates back to the 1991-92 season when FSU first entered the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles won five of the first six meetings but between the two but haven’t had as much luck since as they have earned just two wins since against Duke since. The Seminoles’ last victory at home over Duke was a big one as they defeated the No. 2 Blue Devils 80-74 on Feb. 4, 2004.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. DUKE…………………….. 7-28

1991-92………….. W………… 67-55…………………. (H)

……………………… W………… 61-53………………… (A)

1992-93………….. W………… 84-72…………………. (A)

……………………… W………… 74-67………………… (H)

1993-94………….. L………… 60-66…………………. (A)

……………………… W………… 78-73…………………. (H)

1994-95………….. L ……….. 68-84…………………. (A)

………………………  L………… 71-75…………………. (H)

1995-96………….. L………… 30-92…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 47-61…………………. (H)

1996-97………….. L………… 46-87…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 70-77…………………. (H)

1997-98………….. L………… 76-96…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 67-79…………………. (H)

1998-99………….. L………… 72-91…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 75-92…………………. (H)

………………………. L………… 57-90…………………. (N)

1999-00………….. L………… 54-59…………………. (H)

………………………. L………… 52-87…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 65-92…………………. (N)

2000-01………….. L………… 60-73…………………. (H)

……………………… W………… 71-69…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 56-72…………………. (N)

2001-02………….. L……….. 80-102………………… (H)

………………………. L………… 55-88…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 66-82…………………. (N)

2002-03………….. L………… 63-81…………………. (A)

………………………. L………… 49-70………………….. (H)

2003-04………….. L………… 66-79………………….. (A)

……………………… W………… 80-74………………….. (H)

2004-05………….. L………… 64-75………………….. (A)

2005-06………….. L………… 68-87………………….. (A)

2006-07………….. L………… 60-73………………….. (H)

2007-08………….. L………… 38-70………………….. (A)

………………………. L………… 67-81………………….. (N)

 

LAST SEASON AGAINST THE BLUE DEVILS

The Seminoles played two games against Duke last season and lost both of those games. The first of the two matchups occurred on the Blue Devils’ home floor when they defeated FSU by a score of 70-38. In that game, Alysha Harvin led all current Seminole players with seven points against a Duke squad that was ranked No. 12 in the country. The second meeting between the two happened in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and was much closer but Duke prevailed with an 81-67 victory. Mara Freshour led all current FSU players with 18 points in that loss.

 

BATTLE OF THE 5-0’s

Both FSU and Duke enter Thursday’s game with perfect 5-0 records in ACC play. FSU has averaged nine ACC wins over the last four seasons with a program-best 10 league wins in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Both FSU and Duke also have 17 wins on the year. North Carolina is the only other school in the league with 17 wins already this season but the Tar Heels are  3-2 in ACC play. 

 

JUST TWO SHY

FSU’s 17 wins this season are just two shy of last year’s total wins (19). Since Sue Semrau inherited an FSU squad that was 5-22 overall including 0-16 in the ACC in 2006-07, she has guided the Seminoles to double digit victories in the last 10 seasons including five straight seasons of 17 or more wins. 

 

FSU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

FSU’s contest against No. 3 Duke will mark the fifth time this season that the Seminoles will play against a ranked opponent and third time in as many games. The Seminoles are now 3-1 in games against ranked foes this year. Florida State fell to No. 1-ranked UConn in Cancun, Mexico at the Caribbean Classic in December and defeated then-No. 3 Texas A&M earlier this month before later taking down then-No. 24 Georgia Tech and then-No. 16 Virginia in successive games. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 23-144 in games played against ranked opponents.  Eleven of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.

 

BEST START EVER IN THE CONFERENCE

With an 80-75 victory over No. 14/16 Virginia, FSU is now 5-0 in ACC play for the first time in program history. Not only have the Seminoles set a new school record with the feat but they have also tied the school-record for most league wins in a row at five. FSU has won five-straight in conference play three times now in program history. Prior to this year, the last time that the team achieved five in a row in the conference happened during the 2004-05 season.

 

LOOKING FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL RECORD

With a victory over Duke, the Seminoles could achieve FSU’s first ever six-game winning streak in ACC play as well as extending their school-record for a start in the conference.

 

MOVING UP IN THE RANKINGS

Florida State has been rewarded for its eight-game winning streak with recognition in the national polls. FSU is now ranked No. 18 in the AP poll which ties the program’s highest ranking as the Seminoles were also ranked No. 18 in the November 12, 2007 poll. FSU is current ranked No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.  After starting the 2008-09 season ranked in the top 25, the Seminoles were bounced from the rankings after an upset loss to Valparaiso at the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo. Since then, the Seminoles have gotten some votes but never enough to warrant a top 25-ranking until January 19th when FSU cracked back into the top 25.

 

ACC TEAMS RANKED

FSU is one of five ACC teams ranked among the Top 25 in this week’s national polls.  In RPI rankings, FSU is ranked No. 17 in the latest RealtimeRPI.com rankings … fourth-best in the ACC behind Maryland (2), Duke (9) and North Carolina (13).

 

STILL PERFECT ON THE ROAD

By beating Virginia, the Seminoles moved to a perfect 6-0 on the road this season. In addition to winning in Charlottesville, Va., FSU has won at UNF, Temple, LSU, Virginia Tech and NC State.

 

EIGHT IN A ROW AND WANTING MORE

FSU has run off eight-straight victories, including a perfect 6-0 record so far in 2009 and 5-0 record in conference games. The last time FSU won eight-straight was at the start of the 2004-05 season when the Seminoles won their first 12 contests and finished 24-8 and made the program’s first NCAA appearance since 2001. FSU’s eight-game winning streak this season is second only to Duke among ACC teams.  The Blue Devils have run off 15-straight wins this season.

 

FASTEST TO 17 WINS SINCE 2004-05 Season

By defeating Virginia on Jan. 23, the Seminoles have reached 17 regular-season wins the quickest since the 2004-05 season. Last year, FSU didn’t reach 17 wins until beating Miami on Feb. 28. The year before that, win No. 17 didn’t occur until Feb. 1, which was also against Miami. During the 2005-06 campaign, the Seminoles didn’t post 17 wins until Feb. 19 against Clemson.

 

GOING DOWNTOWN at VIRGINIA

Florida State connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers in the Virginia win and have made more three-pointers than its opponents in nine games this year as the Cavaliers made just four treys. The 10 three-pointers is the most by FSU since the Seminoles hit 10 triples vs. Clemson back in the 2004-05 season on February 9, 2005.  FSU made nine three-pointers in five different games last season on its way to a program-best 182 three-pointers for the season. 

 

SEEING DOUBLE x FIVE

In the win at Virginia, all five Seminole starters scored in double figures.  Including the UVA win, FSU has had five players score in double figures in four games this season but the contest vs. the Cavaliers marked the first time the five players were all starters.  FSU also had five players in double digits in the Florida Gulf Coast and Murray State victories and in the loss to Valparaiso.  In ACC play, FSU has five players averaging in double figures in the scoring department.

 

 MORE ON THE VIRGINIA WIN

…Virginia outrebounded FSU 34-33 but FSU still earned the victory. FSU has been outrebounded five times this season but has won the last three of those games (Texas A&M, NC State are the others).

…FSU held the Cavaliers to just 39 percent shooting and are now a perfect 14-0 in games when its opponent shoots under 40 percent.

…FSU moved to 2-1 this season in games that are tied at halftime as it was 38-38 at intermission in Charlottesville, Va. The other win was Georgia Tech while the loss was vs. Washington.

…With just 12 turnovers against the Cavaliers, FSU is now 4-0 in games when the Seminoles turn the ball over less than 15 times.

…By scoring 80 points, FSU is now 6-0 in games when the team scores at least 80.

 

WARD CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL IN THE ACC

Sophomore point guard Courtney Ward has been playing terrific in the ACC this season and that continued against Virginia. In that game, the 5-foot-7, Montgomery, Ala., native achieved a new career high in points with 18. Against Georgia Tech she set a career high with nine assists and tied her career-best with four steals. In five league games this season, Ward is averaging 11.4 ppg – a four-point increase on her season average of 7.3 ppg. She is also tied for second on the team in 3-pointers in ACC games with eight.

 

FOUR-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR MONROE

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and blocked shots (2.6 bpg) and with 10 points and team-high 11 rebounds against Virginia, she achieved her team-high seventh double-double of the season and fourth in as many games. The seven double-doubles is second only to Duke’s Chante Black who has eight on the year.  Monroe now has 15 career double-doubles. The seven double-doubles this season is a single-season best for Monroe as she turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her sophomore campaign.

 

Monroe the block artist

Jacinta Monroe has led the Seminoles in blocked shots over the past two seasons and is steadily climbing the ranks as one of the greatest shot blockers in program history. With a combined 11 blocks the past two games (including a school-record nine against Georgia Tech), Monroe now has a team-best 54 swats this season and is just 26 blocks away from tying the FSU single-season record of 80 blocks set by Brooke Wycoff during the 1997-98 season. Monroe now has 195 career blocked shots and is also just 14 shy of Wyckoff’s all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Monroe is averaging 2.6 blocks per game this season.

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Florida State‘s game against Duke will mark the fourth time in the Sue Semrau era that the Seminoles will play on Jan. 29 and the team is 1-2 in those games. Interestingly, FSU’s two losses on that date were both to ranked teams as the Seminoles fell to No. 21 Clemson during the 1997-98 season and to No. 24 NC State during the 2000-01 campaign. FSU’s lone win during Semrau’s tenure on Jan. 29 came against unranked Virginia in the 2005-06 season.

 

IMPROVEMENT AT THE CHARITY STRIPE

Coach Sue Semrau said following the win over Georgia Tech that once her team hits free throws, they’re going to be pretty good and the Seminoles went out and proved her right against Virginia. Entering the matchup against the Cavaliers, FSU had shot a dismal 47.5 percent from the charity stripe in games against NC State and Georgia Tech. But against UVA, FSU made it count from the free-throw line and made 20 of its 27 attempts – four of which were made in the final seconds to preserve the victory. On the season, the Seminoles are shooting 65.7 percent from the free-throw line. The highest free-throw percentages for a season during the Sue Semrau era were in 2004-05 and 2000-01 when FSU shot 70 percent. FSU finished last season shooting 66 percent from the line.

 

TYING THE SEASON-LOW FOR TURNOVERS

Florida State tied its season low with just 12 turnovers in the victory over Virginia. The Seminoles are now averaging 18.9 turnovers per game. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU averaged 20+ turnovers per contest in her first three seasons. In each of her NCAA Tournament seasons, FSU has averaged no more than 18.3 turnovers per game and that was last season.

 

FSU Turnovers Per Game In Semrau Era

2008-09           18.9

2007-08           18.3     NCAA Tournament

2006-07           16.9     NCAA Tournament

2005-06           15.7     NCAA Tournament

2004-05           16.5     NCAA Tournament

2003-04           17.1

2002-03           18.5

2001-02           17.8

2000-01           17.8     NCAA Tournament

1999-00           21.6

1998-99           21.0

1997-98           24.6

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

With her four, three-pointers against Virginia, Courtney Ward now has 22 completed treys on the season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 all season. So far this year, FSU’s starting point guard is third on the team in triples made and fourth in three-point shooting percentage.

 

HARVIN BOUNCES BACK FROM INJURY

Junior forward Alysha Harvin showed no ill signs of the mild concussion she sustained against Georgia Tech in the win over Virginia. Against the Cavaliers she scored 14 points despite some foul trouble. Harvin has become a go-to player for the Seminoles as a full-time starter. In fact, all one has to do is look at her career statistics to see the Dania, Fla., native’s impact on the FSU lineup. Entering her junior season, Harvin was 23-for-54 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3-point range in her first two seasons combined. But this year, her more active role has led to a stat-line that looks like this: 55-for-138 from the field and a 12-for-32 mark from behind the arc. She is fourth on the team with 7.7 ppg.

 

FRESHOUR CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE LIST

Senior guard Mara Freshour continues to move up the list in the career games-played department. When she suited up and started for the Seminoles against Virginia, the Nashville, Ind., native officially moved into sole position for eighth place with 118 games played in a career and is now just two games behind Sue Galkantas and Ganiyat Adeduntan for seventh place all-time in program history. Freshour won’t be finished there, however, as it’s very likely she will become the new record holder in this category before her senior season is complete as Glenda Stokes’ FSU record of 130 games is within reach.

 

Career Games Played

Career Record:             1. Gelnda Stokes          130

                                    2. Alicia Gladden           126

                                    3. LeeVayne Oliver       122

                                        Holly Johnson           122

                                    5. Shante Wiliams        121

                                    6. Sue Galkantas          120

                                        Ganiyat Adeduntan   120

                                    8. Mara Freshour        118

 

ON THE 80 POINTS SCORED AGAINST UVA

Florida State’s 80 points in the win over Virginia is the second time the Seminoles have scored that many in a conference game this year after beating Clemson 80-54 earlier this month.  Before this season, the last time FSU scored at least 80 points in an ACC game occurred last year when the team fell in overtime to No. 4 Maryland on Feb. 24, 2008 by a score of 92-84. FSU scored 80 or more in only two ACC games last season and did not reach that scoring mark in any conference game during the 2006-07 season and did it only once in the 2005-06 campaign.

 

DAVIS-CAIN HAS 45 3-POINTERS THIS YEAR

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 45 of her three-point attempts this season, which is good enough for seventh all-time in the FSU record books for completed triples in a season. Davis-Cain already finds her name on that list as her 52 three-pointers in the 2006-07 season is good enough for third all-time and her 49 last season is fifth. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 – a mark she set last year.

 

BRAVARD SHOOTS A HIGH PERCENTAGE

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has had a terrific rookie season so far as the Sandusky, Ohio native is third on the team with 10.4 ppg and has started 14 games. Bravard, who has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors this year, is on pace to put her name in the FSU record books, too. Entering the game against Virginia, Bravard ranks fifth all-time in field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 81-for-137 on the season for a mark of .591, which is just one percentage point behind teammate Jacinta Monroe’s .592 she achieved last year.

 

DAVIS-CAIN OVER 1,000 AND Freshour OVER 950

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain already made a little bit of history this season by officially becoming FSU’s career leader in three-pointers and against UCF she became the 22nd player in Seminole history to score at least 1,000 points in a career.  Senior guard Mara Freshour also has the opportunity to leave her name among career three-point shooters  as she moved into sole position of second place on the all-time three-pointers list with one against LSU. She currently has 145 career triples while Davis-Cain currently has 166 after making four against Virginia. In addition to moving up the career list for three-pointers, Freshour also could reach the 1,000-point mark in this, her final season at FSU. Against Virginia Tech, she surpassed the 900-point total. The updated statistics are:

 

Career 3-Pointers

Career Record:             1. Tanae Davis-Cain      166

                                    2. Mara Freshour          145

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,078

Mara Freshour: 954

 

FOULS GALORE AGAINST VIRGINIA

FSU averages just over 18 fouls per game but against Virginia the referee’s whistle was working overtime. In that game, the Seminoles picked up 26 fouls and three players – Tanae Davis-Cain, Courtney Ward and Cierra Bravard – all fouled out. Alysha Harvin also played much of the second half with four fouls. Senior guard Mara Freshour was the only FSU player to receive playing time and not pick up a foul. FSU entered the UVA contest averaging just 12.7 fouls per game over the previous three contests, including 12 fouls in the Clemson and Georgia Tech wins. The Seminoles had a season-high 29 fouls in the Valparaiso loss. As far as FSU opponents, they are averaging 20.1 fouls per game this season and Temple had the most with 31.

 

SOUNDS SIMPLE: FSU WINS WHEN THEY SCORE

With 80 points against Virginia, Florida State is now a perfect 6-0 when the Seminoles score at least 80 points in a game. The Seminoles are also undefeated when they lead at halftime and are perfect in games decided by 20 points or more.

 

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

FSU scored just 59 points in its win over Georgia Tech … well below its 70.6 points per game heading into the contest. FSU has scored below 60 points just one other time this season and it was in the 72-57 loss to Florida. Before the Georgia Tech win, the last time the Seminoles won a game when scoring below 60 points was on March 6, 2008 in a 57-52 win over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.

 

MONKEY OFF HER BACK

FSU head coach Sue Semrau has accomplished a lot during her 12-year Seminole career but one thing she had never done was win at NC State. Well, that changed on Jan. 15 as her team earned a 64-59 victory at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. Semrau was 0-8 all-time in the Wolfpack’s home gym before earning the win.  With that victory, Semrau has now won at every ACC school.

 

BLOCKED!

The Seminoles recorded a season-high 10 blocks in the Virginia Tech win, which is the most blocks by an FSU team since the Seminoles had 10 blocks vs. Miami on January 7th, 2007.  Nine blocks at Texas A&M was the season-best last year.

 

SEMINOLES ARE PERFECT WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF

FSU is a perfect 14-0 in games this year when leading after the game’s first 20 minutes. The Seminoles are now 2-1 when tied at halftime and 1-3 when trailing at intermission.

 

SEASON-TICKET SALES UP 63 PERCENT

Make no mistake about it, college basketball at Florida State University is getting more and more popular each season. The FSU marketing office reports that with a school-record 1,819 women’s basketball season tickets sales for the 2008-09 season, the Seminoles have now sold 63 percent more seats than they did a season ago. The previous high for season tickets was 1,119 during the 2006-07 season.

 

TAKING DOWN THE NATION’S NO. 3 TEAM

Florida State‘s upset victory over No. 3 Texas A&M marked the first time FSU has defeated a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 25 Ohio State last year. The Seminoles’ last win over a top-five-ranked team occurred in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when they upset then-No. 5 Stanford to advance to FSU’s first Sweet Sixteen. The victory over the Aggies also marked the Seminoles’ first win over a top-three program since downing then-No. 2 Duke in 2004. With the win, FSU now has three victories all-time against top-three-ranked teams.

 

A SECOND HALF TO REMEMBER

After a quick timeout by head coach Sue Semrau early in the second half of the Texas A&M game, FSU went on a tear. The Seminoles went on an incredible 34-10 run to close out the game. FSU did this by making timely shots on the offensive end and limiting the Aggies’ playmakers on the defensive end. After shooting just over 20 percent in the first half, FSU shot just over 62 percent in the second half. And perhaps more importantly, the Seminoles limited Texas A&M’s stellar guard Takia Starks as she finished with just six points – well below her average – on just 3-for-18 shooting. She was also 0-for-8 from 3-point range. For the game, FSU scored 41 points in the second half compared to just 24 by the Aggies.

 

VERY EXCITING MOMENTS

Trailing by 17 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game against Texas A&M, hope seemed to be lost for the Seminoles. But after chipping away at the Aggies lead and cutting the deficit to just six points with around five minutes remaining in regulation, things got even more exciting for everyone at the Tucker Center. The frenzy all started when Tanae Davis-Cain drilled a 3-pointer with 4:42 remaining in the ballgame to cut Texas A&M’s lead to just 50-47. Davis-Cain’s fist-pumping to the crowd and chest bumping with her teammates then led to a lay-up by Angel Gray and a couple of Cierra Bravard free-throws that gave FSU a 51-50 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Courtney Ward then converted a lay-up and hit a 3-pointer to put the Seminoles on top at 56-50 and FSU never looked back.

 

FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR WHEN TRAILING AT THE HALF

The upset victory over Texas A&M marked the first time this season that the Seminoles earned a victory despite trailing at the halftime break. The Aggies boasted a 29-19 advantage at the game’s intermission. Despite trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the win marked the squad’s biggest comeback of the 2008-09 season.

 

FSU AND IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS

The Seminoles journey to Cancun, Mexico to take part in the Caribbean Classic along with Connecticut, Northern Colorado and Washington marked the second time this season in which FSU competed in an in-season tournament. Earlier this season, the Seminoles competed in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational on the campus of Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. during the Thanksgiving holiday. In that tournament, FSU defeated Murray State 85-50 in the opening game but fell to Valparaiso 80-74 in the tournament’s championship contest. After going 1-1 in Colorado and then are 1-2 in Mexico after beating Northern Colorado and losing to Washington and UConn, the Seminoles are 27-12 during in-season tournaments in the Sue Semrau era (since 1997-98 season). The Seminoles have won seven in-season tournaments during Semrau’s tenure – including two during the 2004-05 season.

 

Best Defensive Performance of the Season

Bouncing back after a poor showing against the University of Florida, the FSU defense did its job in the win against Southeast Missouri State. The mere 31 points SEMO was allowed was the lowest total scored by an FSU opponent since the ‘Noles held Savannah State to just 28 points in a 107-28 romp on Nov. 23, 2003. The fewest amount of points that FSU has ever allowed in a game was 26 when the Clemson Tigers posted that many in an 80-26 loss during the 1993-94 season.

 

FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC

The ACC Preseason Poll was selected by the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives.

 

2008-09 ACC Preseason Poll

1. North Carolina (15 first place votes)

2. Maryland (11 first place votes)

3. Duke (14 first place votes)

4. Virginia (two first place votes)

5. Florida State

6. Georgia Tech

7. Boston College

8. NC State

9. Clemson

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami

12. Wake Forest

 

Florida State Women’s Basketball Program Signs Talented 2009 Prospect

FSU head coach Sue Semrau announced the signing of 6-foot-3 forward Chelsea Davis, a talented post player from Middletown, Delaware, to a national letter of intent. Davis has been one of the top girl’s high school basketball players in the entire northeast since she burst onto the scene two years ago.  She will enter her senior season as a three-year starter and has recorded 1,257 career points and 744 career rebounds.  She averaged 21.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a junior on her way to leading the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game.  A three-time all-state honoree, including first team honors in each of the last two seasons and honorable mention honors as a freshman, Davis has earned first team all-conference honors the last three seasons and has also been named the MVP of her team three straight years. Davis is ranked as the 35th-best post-player prospect in the entire country, according to Hoopgurlz.

 

Antionette Howard Leaves Team

Sophomore forward Antionette Howard decided to not play basketball at FSU and left the team in November.

 

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