COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Seminoles.com) – The No. 5 seed Florida State Women’s Basketball team gets ready for another year of March Madness as it faces No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee in College Station, Texas, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET. The first-round matchup will air on ESPN2.
Calling the action on ESPN2 is Paul Sunderland and Chiney Ogwumike. The game can be heard locally on 103.1 FM with Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner providing expert commentary and analysis.
The Seminoles (23-7) make their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, playing in the Dallas Region. Florida State is 17-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, which includes a 16-11 record under head coach Sue Semrau since her first appearance in 2001. Florida State has made the NCAA postseason in 11 of the last 12 seasons, including four straight seasons.
From 1982-97 FSU made three NCAA Tournament appearances in 16 seasons. In Semrau’s 19 seasons at FSU (beginning in 1997), the Seminoles have made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, two NCAA Elite Eight trips (2010, 2015) and three trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 (2007, 2010, 2015).
FSU and Middle Tennessee (24-8) have met just twice and split at 1-1 in the all-time series. The Blue Raiders won the first matchup at home on Nov. 26, 1983 (W, 75-67), but FSU won 10 years later in Tallahassee by a 66-43 score behind 16 points and nine rebounds from former player Christy Derlak.
Florida State has won its first-round NCAA Tournament game in each of its last 12 appearances dating back to 1991. FSU’s active 12-game win streak in the first round trails only Duke’s 22-game first round win streak among current ACC teams.
The Seminoles are a No. 5 seed for just the third time in program history and for the first time since the 1991 NCAA Tournament, which is when they won their first-ever NCAA postseason game in the first round vs. Appalachian State (W, 96-57).
Florida State is looking to make another deep run in March. Since the 2010 season, the Seminoles are one of just 11 NCAA Div. 1 programs who have made the NCAA Elite Eight multiple times (2010 and 2015).
The Seminoles are 11-2 in NCAA First Round games since first making the Big Dance in 1983. Under Semrau’s guidance, FSU’s first-round success is raised to a perfect 11-0 record.
Florida State’s No. 5 seeding marks the seventh time in program history that FSU has garnered a fifth seed or better in the NCAAs. Five of those seven times have occurred in the last eight seasons: 2009 (#3), 2010 (#3), 2011 (#3), 2015 (#2) and 2016 (#5).
Florida State is fifth nationally and first in the ACC with an average rebound margin of +12.3. FSU is surrendering just 28.8 rebounds per game, the third-lowest in the country behind opponents of Albany (26.7) and Vanderbilt (28.3).
Florida State’s 56.9 points allowed per game is the same scoring average that last year’s team had entering the NCAA Tournament. FSU’s 56.9 points allowed is on pace to be the program’s best scoring defense since joining the ACC in 1992.