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Florida State Women’s Basketball Starts Home Slate Sunday Versus North Florida

Nov. 10, 2007

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#19 Florida State vs. North Florida
Sunday, November 11 l 2 pm
Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) l Tallahassee, Fla.
Radio: 100.7 FM l ACC Select
Ryan Pensy (PBP) l Melissa Bruner (Color)

The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
After opening the season on the road with a 93-53 victory over Florida Gulf Coast, the Florida State women’s basketball team plays its home opener on Sunday (November 11) against North Florida.

The victory over Florida Gulf Coast was the second-best opening night in school history, trailing the 107-28 annihilation of Savannah State on Nov. 23, 2003.

Sunday’s contest is the 300th for the Seminoles under the direction of Sue Semrau. She is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 161-138.

Sophomore Jacinta Monroe (Ft. Lauderdale) matched her career high as she poured in 23 points in the victory over the Eagles.

Florida State was lights out from the free throw line. The Seminoles shot 87.5 percent (21-of-24) from the charity stripe.

Today’s meeting with UNF is the first meeting between the two schools. FSU is 56-18 when it plays a non-conference opponent for the first time under Semrau.

Florida State Starts Home Slate Sunday Versus North Florida
Having successfully opened the season with a 93-53 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night, the Florida State women’s basketball team plays its first home game of 2007-08 this Sunday (November 11). The Seminoles play their first home game of the regular season at 2 p.m. against North Florida at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game can be heard live on 100.7 FM and online at The game can also be seen on ACC Select.

Seminoles Look For Ninth-Straight Home Opening Win
For the last eight years, Florida State has delighted the home fans with a victory. The majority of the contests have been no contest as the Seminoles have been winning by an average of 27.6 points per game in the last eight victories. Florida State is 9-1 in home openers under Sue Semrau, with the lone loss being an 88-72 defeat to Louisiana Tech on November 19, 1998.

Home Opener Is Game No. 300 For Semrau At Florida State
Sunday will be a milestone for Florida State head coach Sue Semrau as she coaches her 300th game at FSU. The 11th-year court boss is the winningest coach in school history with a 161-138 record.

Seminoles Spoil Florida Gulf Coast’s Debut
On a historic night for Florida Gulf Coast University, it was the Florida State women’s basketball team that was doing the celebrating. The Seminoles put a damper on the Eagles’ Division I debut as they routed the hosts 93-53 on Friday (November 9) at Alico Arena. Florida State won its 14th season opener in a row. The Eagles were the Division II NCAA Tournament runner-up last season.

Florida State Wins Big In Opener
The 93 points scored against Florida Gulf Coast matches the Seminoles’ total in last year’s season opener against UAB. It’s the second-largest opening-game victory – trailing a 107-28 win over Savannah State on November 23, 2003. In addition, it’s the Seminoles’ widest margin of victory since an 84-34 thumping of Fordham last season. Florida State has scored at least 90 points in a game during eight of Semrau’s 11 seasons.

Tucker Center Becoming Tough Place To Play
Over the last three years, FSU has made the Donald L. Tucker Center one of the tougher places to play in the ACC. Under Sue Semrau, FSU is 35-6 at home the last three years and 88-50 for her career. In the 17 years in the Tucker Center, FSU has a 122-94 mark. The Seminoles have won their last 12 home non-conference games, dating back to a 69-71 loss to Washington on Nov. 20, 2005.

The Best Things In Basketball Are Free
The free throw line was remarkably charitable for the Seminoles Friday night in their opener against Florida Gulf Coast. Florida State was an astonishing 87.5 percent (21-of-24) from the free throw line. It’s the highest rate the Seminoles have shot from the line since March 5, 2005, when they hit 88.2 percent (15-of-17) at the stripe against Virginia in the ACC Tournament. That season, Florida State had nine games with an 80% success rate at the line, including two over 90%. The 2004-05 squad tied the school record with a 70.1 rate for the season.

Seminoles Cleaning The Glass
A considerable height advantage – Florida Gulf Coast did not have a player over 6-foot-1 – contributed to a distinct rebounding edge for the Seminoles. Florida State out-rebounded the Eagles to the tune of 48-22 and had more boards in the first half (29) than the host did the entire game. Nine of the 10 players in the line-up had at least one board with five players grabbing five or more. Leading the way was junior Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) with nine – tying her career high set last year against Georgia.

FSU Was Spot On In Second Half
One reason for the lower rebounding numbers in the second half was that Florida State wasn’t missing much from the floor. The Seminoles shot an impressive 70.8 percent (17-of-24) to up their rate to 56.7 percent (34-of-60) for the game. The accuracy was just off last year’s season high of 57.7 percent (30-of-52) set against Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Monroe Perfect From The Floor
While there is no official record of it, forward Jacinta Monroe tied the presumptive school record by hitting all nine of the field goals she took against Florida Gulf Coast. In addition, she nailed five free throws as part of her 23 points, which tied her career high that was originally set in last year’s season opener against UAB. The last time Florida State had a player shoot perfect from the floor when taking at least five field goals was the 2003-04 season opener when Trinetta Moore and Genesis Choice both hit 5-of-5 in the 107-28 romp over Savannah State.

Howard Adds To The Lineage of Great FSU Debuts
It may not have matched Jacinta Monroe’s 23 point, 21-rebound outing to start her Seminole career last season, but forward Antionette Howard (Snellville, Ga.) had a heck of a first night in the Garnet and Gold. She finished the night against FGCU with 17 points and six rebounds. The 5-foot-11 rookie showed great touch at the line, going 7-for-8 at the free throw line.

Williams Moves Up Career Assist List
There wasn’t too many signs that senior guard Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) was coming back from offseason hip surgery as she dished the rock as good as she has in some time. In the season opener, she distributed a team-best seven assists to move up two spots on the Florida State career assist list. She currently holds the No. 8 spot with 333 helpers. Williams needs 10 more to pass Holly Johnson for seventh. In addition, she set a career-high with a pair of blocks while producing a pair of steals. The seven assists tied her season-high from last year and are her most since she tied a career-high with nine vs. Maryland on Jan. 12, 2004.

Scouting North Florida
For the second game in a row, Florida State will play an Atlantic Sun Conference opponent for the first time. The Ospreys are looking to right themselves after three-straight losing seasons and are coming into the year following an 8-21 season. One thing UNF has going for itself is that it has four of five starters back from a year ago and seven of eight lettermen. Following the win over Florida Gulf Coast, Florida State has won its last seven games against in-state schools and has a 19-4 mark versus state schools the last five seasons.

Davis-Cain Just Misses First Career Double-Double
The best all-around game turned in Friday night came from Tanae Davis-Cain. The junior guard just missed recording her first double-double as she tallied 18 points and nine rebounds – which tied her previous high-water mark set against Georgia last season. In addition, she produced a trio of assists, had a block and steal. The Dawson, Ga., native canned a pair of threes and needs just two more to move up a spot to No. 9 on the FSU career list.

Seminole Freshman Class Showing Its Merit
While Antionette Howard may have gotten most of the limelight for her FSU debut, the other two members of the FSU freshman class had a pretty good first outing. The fourth freshman to start in the last five years, Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) was second on the team with six assists. She added six points and three steals. Coming off the bench was Christian Hunnicutt (Jonesboro, Ga.) to provide seven points, three rebounds and two assists.

News and Notes…
Florida State dominated inside against Florida Gulf Coast, holding a 44-18 margin in points in the paint and 18-6 in second-chance points … Sunday’s game is the first FSU women’s basketball game to be broadcast on an FM station as 100.7 will carry the game … Junior Mara Freshour (Nashville, Ind.) did not attempt a free throw in Friday’s game. She still needs to hit 11 of her first 15 to take over the school’s career free throw percentage record.

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