Oct. 22, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. − The Florida State women’s basketball team, under the direction of 12th-year head coach Sue Semrau, has been picked to finish fifth this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference as announced by the league office today (Oct. 22). 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.
“I think that the ACC is going to see more parity this season than it ever has before,” Semrau told assembled media representatives earlier today. “We believe that our program has broken into the upper tier of the league and we look forward to all the great challenges that are ahead this season.”
FSU returns four starters and nine letterwinnners from a team that compiled a 19-14 ledger last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles downed nationally-ranked Ohio State in the first round of action which marked the fifth straight occasion in which FSU had won its first game in the national tournament.
Leading the way for Florida State will be the play of seniors Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain, who are poised to make their owns marks on the FSU record book throughout the course of the season. FSU also returns junior Jacinta Monroe, who was just a pair of blocked shots away last season from breaking the school’s single season record. A nationally-ranked freshman class is also on board as FSU looks to make it to the NCAA Tournament for a school record fifth consecutive season.
North Carolina is the league favorite after garnering 15 first place votes from the Blue Ribbon Panel. Following the Tar Heels in second place is Maryland (11 first place votes); Duke (14 first place votes) and Virginia (two first place votes). FSU is fifth, followed in order by Georgia Tech, Boston College, NC State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest.
Duke’s Chante Black, Maryland’s Marissa Coleman & Kristi Toliver, North Carolina’s Rashanda MaCants and Virginia’s Monica Wright comprised the Preseason All-ACC team. Toliver earned Preseason ACC Player of the Year honors while Maryland’s Lynetta Kizer took home ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year plaudits.
Florida State is set to open the season on November 2 with an exhibition contest against Premier Players. Tip-off at the Tucker Center is at 2:00 p.m. (ET).