Oct. 21, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Under the direction of 12th-year head coach Sue Semrau, the Florida State women’s basketball team opened practice last Friday (Oct. 17) and have put together five solid days of workouts as the program looks to advance to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive season.
Paced by the play of seniors Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour, the Seminoles promise to be one of the elite teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference yet again. Davis-Cain and Freshour are mounting their own individual attacks on the Florida State record books in 3-point and free throw shooting. Both athletes are also close to reaching the 1,000 career point benchmark as they begin their senior campaigns.
In addition to the nine returning letterwinners from last season’s 24-10 team will be four freshmen, who were collectively ranked as the nation’s eighth-best recruiting class last fall by ESPN’s Hoopgurlz.com. Ranked in the top 10 nationally as individuals are center Cierra Bravard as well as guard/forward Chasity Clayton. A pair of Florida stand-outs, Alexia Deluzio and Kayli Keough, are also poised to make an impact upon the program this season.
Inside, junior Jacinta Monroe is on the brink of another solid season after blocking 78 shots one year ago. She was just two blocks away for setting a new FSU single-season school record.
The Seminoles have worked out at the Basketball Training Center on the campus of FSU for each of the last five days. They will enjoy their first day off from workouts on Wednesday (Oct. 22) as Davis-Cain and Freshour accompany Semrau to Greensboro, N.C., for the annual Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day.
Above feel free to check out the photo gallery of the first days of workouts from the BTC.
Below is a quick chat with Semrau regarding the start of practice.
On How Practice Has Gone In General Over The First Five Days …
“It’s been fun to have so many veterans back and to have them teaching the freshman. So far, practice has been extremely competitive. The most important thing is learning the system as well as continuing to grow and improve.”
On What Has Pleased Coach Semrau The Most During The Start Of Practice …
“There is great morale. I think that is to be expected at the beginning of practice. But really by comparison to other years, it seems like there is much more of a hunger to go with that morale. It is apparent early on that there is much more maturity on our team than we have had in the past.”
On Where The Team Is After Working Out As A Team Once This Fall …
“We only did it one time. We felt like it was more important for our team to continue to break things down fundamentally. We only had one practice that acted as a preview. Its been good to get everybody together, but I think that individual breakdown work is why were are where we are right now.”
“They are leading by example and are really helping out the younger players. They have concentrated a good bit on their own goals. I have seen a great deal of growth in both of them. I am excited about the senior years that they are going to have.”
Check back with Seminoles.com on Wednesday for complete coverage of FSU’s appearance at the league’s annual preseason event. The league will announce its annual preseason selections for predicted order of finish as well as the Preseason All-ACC Team.