TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball will host No. 3 Texas A&M (12-0) Monday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
The Seminoles (11-4) are coming off back-to-back victories over LSU and UCF after falling to Washington and top-ranked UConn while playing in Cancun, Mexico at the Caribbean Classic. FSU’s daunting task against the team’s second top-five-ranked opponent of the 2008-09 can be watched online at www.ACCSelect.com.
The Seminoles are 1-3 all-time in games against third-ranked teams.
190 AND COUNTING IN SEMRAU’s 12th YEAR
Head coach Sue Semrau is in her 12th season at the helm of the Seminole program. Semrau became FSU’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. Semrau is now within 10 victories of career win No. 200 as she has a 190-155 career mark at FSU. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall.
SEMINOLES VS. TEXAS A&M
The Seminoles and Aggies will meet for just the second time ever in the history of both programs when Texas A&M travels to Tallahassee, Fla. FSU and TAMU first met last year when the Aggies earned an 81-67 victory in their home gym.
Scouting THE No. 3 aggies
FSU……………………………. PER GAME……………………….. TAMU
71.4……………………………….. POINTS…………………………….. 70.8
.432 ………………………………… FG%……………………………….. .425
.356……………………………….. 3 FG%……………………………… .342
.661…………………………………. FT%……………………………….. .648
42.7……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 42.0
13.3………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 15.0
19.3…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 17.3
8.7…………………………………. STEALS……………………………… 13.3
4.3………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 4.7
FSU IN GAMES AGAINST NO. 3-RANKED TEAMS
Monday’s matchup against No. 3 Texas A&M will mark the fifth time in the history of the FSU women’s basketball program that the Seminoles will play against the nation’s third-ranked team. FSU is 1-3 all-time in games played against squads boasting a No. 3 ranking. The last time FSU played a No. 3-ranked team was last season when the team fell to North Carolina by a score of 97-77 in Chapel Hill, NC. The Tar Heels were also ranked No. 3 when they defeated the Seminoles 68-51 during the 2005-06 season. Florida State’s other loss against a No. 3 team occurred during the 1999-2000 season when NC State earned a 62-58 win at the Donald L. Tucker Center. FSU’s lone victory happened Jan. 12, 1993 when the Seminoles defeated No. 3 Maryland 68-61 in Tallahassee, Fla.
SEMINOLES AGAINST THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE
Florida State doesn’t have much experience all-time against Texas A&M and the same is true for the rest of the Big 12 Conference. Counting the one loss to the Aggies, FSU is only4-7 all-time in games against Big 12 squads. The Seminoles have never played Baylor, are 1-0 against Colorado, 0-1 against Iowa State, 1-0 against Kansas, have never played against Kansas State, are 0-2 against Missouri, 1-0 against Nebraska, have never played against Oklahoma, are 1-1 against Oklahoma State, 0-1 against Texas and 0-1 in games against Texas Tech.
Florida State and Texas A&M share two common opponents this season and both teams have already completed those games. Both FSU and TAMU have already defeated Mercer and Penn State to start the 2008-09 season.
AGAINST THE AGGIES LAST YEAR
Then-senior point guard Shante Williams led all Seminoles with a team-high 18 points. In that game, current FSU senior Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain combined for 19 points while current juniors Jacinta Monroe and Angel Gray combined for eight points against an Aggies squad that was ranked No. 11 in the country at the time. Seminoles sophomore guard Courtney Ward also scored seven points in that loss as a true freshman. As a team, FSU shot 54.3-percent from the field and were 20 percent from 3-point range. The Seminoles had double the giveaways that TAMU had in that contest 24-12, were outrebounded 33-28.
FSU HISTORICALLY STRUGGLES IN NEW YEAR
Monday’s contest will mark Florida State’s first game of the new year and the Seminoles have historically struggled in their first played games on the new calendar in the Sue Semrau era. In 11 seasons, FSU is just 3-8 in their first game after New Year’s Day.
DAVIS-CAIN REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain already made a little bit of history this season by officially becoming FSU’s career leader in 3-pointers made and against UCF she became the 22nd player in Seminoles history to score at least 1,000 points in a career. With 19 points in the win over the Knights, the Dawson, Ga. native now has 1,001 points in her stellar career. Senior guard Mara Freshour also has the opportunity to leave her name in the 3-pointer record books as she moved into sole position of second place on the all-time 3-pointers made list with one against LSU. She currently has 136 career triples while Davis-Cain currently has 152 after making three against UCF. In addition to moving up the career list for 3-pointers, Freshour also could reach the 1,000-point mark in her final season at FSU, too. The updated totals are:
Career Record: Tanae Davis-Cain 152
Mara Freshour 136
Wendy Hampton 134
Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,001
Mara Freshour: 885
Monroe ON PACE TO SET RECORD
Junior forward Jacinta Monroe has led the Seminoles in blocked shots over the past two seasons and has steadily climbed the ranks as one of the greatest shot blockers in program history. With a combined two blocks against UCF, Monroe has a team-high 31 swats this season, Monroe now has 172 career blocked shots and is just 37 shy of Brooke Wyckoff’s all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Monroe is averaging 2.1 blocks per game this season and if she stays on this pace will have 213 career blocked shots after the first game of the ACC Tournament. She will likely, however, better that pace as she has already recorded three or more blocks in three games this season including a season-high six against Mercer.
GRAY GRABS REBOUNDS
Junior guard Angel Gray has become FSU’s defensive stopper this year and has also made it a habit of grabbing lose balls and securing rebounds. That was her specialty against UCF as the Jonesboro, Ga. native achieved a new career high in rebounds with 11 boards in that victory.
A game after turning the ball over a season-low 12 times in the win at LSU, the Seminoles had 20 giveaways in the victorious effort at home against UCF. The Seminoles are now averaging 19.3 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
2007-08 18.3 NCAA Tournament
2006-07 16.9 NCAA Tournament
2005-06 15.7 NCAA Tournament
2004-05 16.5 NCAA Tournament
2000-01 17.8 NCAA Tournament
SEASON HIGHS FOR SEVERAL SEMINOLES
FSU’s victory over UCF featured terrific performances by several Seminoles. Sophomore point guard Courtney Ward returned to the starting lineup to tie her season high in assists with seven. Junior forward Alysha Harvin contributed a season- and career-high two blocks, as well. And senior guard Mara Freshour dished out a season-high six assists.
MONROE RETURNS TO FORM
Seminoles leading scorer Jacinta Monroe hadn’t been herself for two-straight games but found her offensive groove again versus UCF. After combining for just 13 points on 4-for-16 shooting in games against No. 1 UConn and LSU, the junior forward exploded for 17 points against the Knights on 7-for-10 shooting from the field. Monroe has now scored in double figures in 12 of FSU’s 15 games this year.
FIRST TIME OFF THE BENCH IN HER CAREER
True freshman center Cierra Bravard had started every game of her career prior to the game with UCF but because of lineup matchups versus the Knights, the Sandusky, Ohio native came off the bench in that game. Her first time coming off the sidelines in her college career saw her score eight points and grab seven rebounds – her highest total of boards in four games.
HARVIN BECOMING GO-TO PLAYER ON OFFENSE
With her team second-best 10 points in the win over LSU and team third-best 13 points against UCF, junior forward Alysha Harvin has now posted double-digit scoring efforts in four-straight games and has achieved that feat in six of FSU’s last eight contests. The Dania, Fla. native has shown that when she is on the court she can leave her mark on the scoring chart as in each of those games in which she has scored in double figures she has played over 21 minutes on the basketball court. Harvin is now fifth on the team in scoring with a mark of 7.5 ppg.
SIXTH STARTING LINEUP OF THE SEASON
Florida State head coach Sue Semrau utilized her sixth different starting lineup of the 2008-09 season against UCF. The starting Seminole five for that game included Courtney Ward, Alysha Harvin, Jacinta Monroe, Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour. Harvin’s start was her second of the year and Ward was in the starting lineup for the eighth time all year.
SEMINOLES ARE PERFECT WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF
After leading 35-23 at halftime against UCF and then earning the victory at game’s end, FSU is a perfect 11-0 in games this year when leading after the game’s first 20 minutes.
FSU 7-5 IN SEMRAU ERA AFTER CHRISTMAS
In the Sue Semrau era, the Seminoles are now 7-5 all-time in their first game after the Christmas holidays after defeating LSU 61-57 on Dec. 28.
BRAVARD FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
For the first time in her career, true freshman center Cierra Bravard was held without a field goal in a game as she was just 0-for-3 shooting against LSU. But despite the fact that she wasn’t able to make a shot, the Sandusky, Ohio native still accrued five points by making five of her eight attempts from the free-throw line. Bravard has gone to the charity stripe the second most times of anyone on the FSU roster and is shooting 60 percent from the line.
GRAY ENDS HER SCORING DROUGHT
After being held scoreless in two-straight games against Washington and UConn in Cancun, Mexico at the Caribbean Classic, junior guard Angel Gray ended her scoring drought by posting four points against LSU. She followed that up with six points against UCF. Gray is currently averaging 5.6 points on the offensive end while starring on the defensive end for the Seminoles as she leads FSU with 28 total steals this year.
FIRST TRIPLE OF THE YEAR FOR HUNNICUTT
One game after playing a season-low six minutes in the loss to top-ranked UConn, backup guard Christian Hunnicutt played 17 minutes in the victory over LSU. In that game, Hunnicutt finished with five points and hit her first 3-pointer of the season. She was 0-for-6 from 3-point land prior to the LSU game.
STILL WINLESS AGAINST THE BEST
With the loss to No. 1-ranked UConn in the final game for both teams at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, FSU is now 0-8 all-time against teams that boast the nation’s top ranking. Prior to the trip to the Caribbean, the Seminoles had not faced a No. 1-ranked squad since the 2003-04 season when they fell to then top-ranked Duke, 73-60. In fact, the Seminoles have faced off against Duke on three separate occasions when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1. The Seminoles first-ever game against a top-ranked opponent occurred during the 1983-84 season when No. 1 Texas earned an 89-43 win over FSU. Interestingly enough, FSU and UConn have played against one another in the past when the Huskies possessed a No. 1 ranking. No. 1 UConn defeated FSU 81-53 during the 2003-04 season. FSU is also now just 3-20 all-time against ranked opponents at a neutral site.
SEMINOLES OUTSCORE HUSKIES IN SECOND HALF
There’s no doubting that No. 1-ranked UConn is the best team in the country and one of the better women’s college basketball teams ever assembled. But credit the Seminoles with not ever giving up against the nation’s top team. After falling behind 13-0 early on in the showdown between the two programs in Cancun, Mexico, FSU came out strong after the halftime break and actually outscored the Huskies 42-40 in the game’s final 20 minutes.
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.
FSU NOW BELOW .500 THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
FSU has played in 24 games now during the week leading up to the Christmas holiday (Dec. 18 to Dec. 25) in the Sue Semrau era and are 12-13 all-time in those games after a win and two losses in Cancun, Mexico.
WHAT A SECOND HALF AGAINST THE BEARS!
After allowing a late Northern Colorado 3-pointer to cut their lead to seven before the buzzer sounded to signal halftime, the Seminoles came out looking like a different team in the second half. The Bears entered halftime with 23 points compared to FSU’s 30 but the Bears would find that baskets were a premium in the final 20 minutes. By holding Northern Colorado to just 20.3-percent shooting for the game – including a season-low 9.1-percent shooting in the second half – the FSU defense held UNC to just nine points after intermission. The nine-point output was the lowest allowed in a half this year by the Seminoles.
FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR BRAVARD
True freshman center Cierra Bravard earned the first double-double of her young career with a 13-pont, 12-rebound performance against Northern Colorado. The 12 rebounds also marks a new career high for the Sandusky, Ohio native. Also, because junior forward Jacinta Monroe had to miss most of pregame warm-ups because of travel issues and therefore couldn’t start, Bravard is the only player on the FSU roster that has started all 14 games this season.
FSU WAS OUT OF CONTINENTAL U.S. FOR THIRD TIME
FSU’s journey to Cancun, Mexico to compete in the Caribbean Classic was just the third time ever that the Seminoles have traveled outside the Continental United States to play basketball during the regular season. Both of FSU’s previous trips across country lines were to San Juan Puerto Rico to compete in the San Juan Shootout during the 1994-95 and 2004-05 seasons. The Seminoles competed in three games during that in-season tournament in 1994 and lost each contest to Texas Tech, Southern Illinois and Michigan State. FSU then bounced back in a big way 10 years later when it won all three games against Fordham, Towson and UNC-Charlotte during the San Juan Shootout in 2004. FSU is now 4-6 in games played outside of the United States.
86 IS THE SEASON-HIGH FOR POINTS
The 86 points scored against Temple was the highest offensive output by the Seminoles this season, edging past the 85 that FSU scored in the victory over Murray State. The Seminoles have scored over 80 four times this season and all of those contests resulted in FSU victories. The 86 points is the most by FSU since the Seminoles’ 94-42 win over Alabama State on December 16, 2007. In the 2007-08 season, FSU recorded 80 or more points in six games total and went 5-1 in those games.
Monroe Leads FSU in Two Different Categories
Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg). Monroe has shown she is capable of earning a double-double. In the loss to Florida, Monroe registered the 11th double-double of her career and third of the season with team-highs in points (18) and rebounds (10). She turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her sophomore campaign.
REPRESENTING THE ACC
The Florida State women’s basketball program defeated Penn State 73-60 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 3. The victory over the Lady Lions was keyed by a tough FSU defense and double-digit scoring by junior forwards Jacinta Monroe (18 points) and Alysha Harvin (then season-high 14 points) as well as true freshman center Cierra Bravard (15 points). The ACC captured its second straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory with a 7-4 record in the annual series.
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 allowed by the Seminoles against the Redhawks was the lowest point 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.
This is the Team
This year’s squad is one of FSU’s most experienced as the Seminoles return 83 percent of its scoring and 89 percent of its rebounding from a year ago. The four newcomers make up the eighth-ranked recruiting class in the country. All four incoming freshman have earned All-America honors with center Cierra Bravard ranked as the No. 7 player in the country and wing Chasity Clayton was rated 32nd in the nation.
Antionette Howard Leaves Team
Sophomore forward Antionette Howard has decided to not play basketball at FSU and has left the team. She will finish the academic semester at Florida State.
FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC
Florida State has been picked to finish fifth this season in the very competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. 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
10. Virginia Tech
12. Wake Forest
Florida State Women’s Basketball Program Signs Talented 2009 Prospect
A year after signing the best recruiting class in the history of the program, the Florida State women’s basketball staff has picked up right where it left off. FSU head coach Sue Semrau announced Tuesday 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.