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Florida State Women’s Basketball Team Welcomes No. 24 Georgia Tech to Town for a 6 p.m. ACC Showdown on Sunday

Jan. 17, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off earning the first victory at NC State in head coach Sue Semrau’s 12-year tenure, the Florida State women’s basketball program will square off against No. 24-ranked Georgia Tech Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

 

The Seminoles (15-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) currently boast a six-game winning streak that features victories on the road against LSU, Virginia Tech and NC State as well as a victories at home over UCF, then No. 3-ranked Texas A&M and conference foe Clemson.

 

The Yellow Jackets (13-3, 1-1) enter Sunday’s matchup having won nine of their last 10 games after defeating Miami by a score of 68-50 on Jan. 12.

 

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Semrau SIX WINS AWAY FROM no. 200

In her 12th season as head coach of the Florida State women’s basketball program, Sue Semrau will always remember the win that put her within single digits of 200 career victories. That’s because career win No. 191 occurred against third-ranked Texas A&M and will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in Seminole history. She has since earned win No. 194 by doing something she had never done before: earn a victory at NC State. Semrau is used to making magic happen at FSU as she became the program’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record is 194-156.

 

Scouting Georgia tech

FSU……………………………. PER GAME…………………………….. GT

70.6……………………………….. POINTS…………………………….. 69.4

.427 ………………………………… FG%……………………………….. .430

.374……………………………….. 3 FG%……………………………… .333

.661…………………………………. FT%……………………………….. .703

42.9……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 38.8

13.5………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 12.4

19.1…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 21.6

8.3…………………………………. STEALS……………………………… 13.8

4.7………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 3.0

 

AGAINST THE YELLOW JACKETS LAST YEAR

Florida State didn’t score a basket for eight minutes in the second half and wound up falling to the Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech in last year’s meeting, 83-73. Now-senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain had the finest offensive performance of her career in that game with a career-best 28 points. Current juniors Alysha Harvin and Jacinta Monroe also added 13 and 12 points, respectively, in that loss.

 

THE FSU-GT SERIES

Sunday’s contest will be the 36th meeting between Florida State and Georgia Tech. Tech leads the series 18-17 which dates back to the 1974-75 season. While the Yellow Jackets earned the victory last season in Atlanta, the Seminoles had won the previous three meetings.  In the last five meetings between the two teams, the games have been decided by an average of just 5.8 points per game.  In ACC play up until the 2005-06 season, FSU and Georgia Tech played twice during the regular season, but the past three years as well as this season, the two clubs meet just one time during the regular season.  Since joining the ACC in 1991-92, FSU has recorded three sweeps over Tech – in 1997-98, 1999-00 and 2000-01 – all in the Sue Semrau era.

 

AN EVEN CLOSER LOOK

Here’s an even closer look at the series with Georgia Tech…

 

First meeting:………………. 1974-75, FSU won 58-22

At home: ………………………………………………….. 7-9

On road: …………………………………………………… 9-8

Neutral:…………………………………………………….. 1-1

Biggest win by margin: ………………………….. 36 pts.

…………………………. 1974-75 – 58-22 in Tallahassee

Biggest loss by margin:………………………….. 32 pts.

………………………. 97-65 on Jan. 22, 1996 in Atlanta

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. GEORGIA TECH……………….. 17-18

1974-75………………. W…………………. 58-22 ……………… (H)

1980-81……………….. L ………………… 84-97 ……………… (A)

1991-92 ………………. L ………………… 68-70………………. (H)

…………………………… W…………………. 77-66………………. (A)

1992-93 ……………… W…………………. 79-71 ……………… (A)

…………………………… L…………………. 46-61………………. (H)

1993-94……………….. L…………………. 62-65………………. (H)

…………………………… L…………………. 51-63………………. (A)

1994-95………………. W…………………. 60-58 ……………… (A)

…………………………… L…………………. 57-68 ……………… (H)

1995-96……………….. L ………………… 65-97 ……………… (A)

…………………………… W…………….. 90-85 (3OT)………….. (H)

…………………………… W…………………. 64-51 ……………… (N)

1996-97……………….. L ………………… 51-75 ……………… (A)

…………………………… L…………………. 60-68 ……………… (H)

1997-98 ……………… W…………………. 88-53………………. (A)

…………………………… W…………………. 77-56………………. (H)

1998-99 ………………. L…………………. 70-92………………. (A)

…………………………… L ………………… 78-86 ……………… (H)

1999-00………………. W…………………. 93-64………………. (H)

…………………………… W…………………. 77-74………………. (A)

2000-01………………. W…………………. 66-65………………. (A)

…………………………… W…………………. 89-69………………. (H)

2001-02………………. W…………………. 87-78 ……………… (A)

…………………………… L…………………. 56-73………………. (H)

2002-03………………. W…………………. 66-47………………. (H)

…………………………… L…………………. 56-86 ……………… (A)

…………………………… L…………………. 59-64 ……………… (N)

2003-04 ………………. L…………………. 59-66 ……………… (A)

…………………………… L…………………. 62-73………………. (H)

2004-05……………….. L…………………. 58-59………………. (H)

…………………………… W…………………. 51-49………………. (A)

2005-06………………. W…………………. 59-54 ……………… (A)

2006-07………………. W…………………. 63-52………………. (H)

2008-09……………….. L…………………. 73-83………………. (A)

 

FSU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS

Georgia Tech comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center Sunday boasting a No. 24 ranking in the AP poll and a No. 25 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll. FSU’s matchup against the Yellow Jackets will mark the third time this season the Seminoles will play against a ranked opponent and they are 1-1 in those games. Florida State fell to No. 1-ranked UConn in Cancun, Mexico at the Caribbean Classic in December and  defeated then-No. 3 Texas A&M earlier this month. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 21-144 in games played against ranked opponents.

 

SIX STRAIGHT AND COUNTING…

FSU has run off six-straight victories, including a perfect 4-0 record so far in 2009. The last time FSU won six-straight games was in the start of the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles lost at Mississippi State in Game seven but started that season winning  10 of their first 11 games and went on to a 24-10 record and the program’s first Sweet Sixteen appearance. The last time FSU won seven-straight was at the start of the 2004-05 season when the Seminoles won their first 12 contests and finished 24-8 and made the program’s first NCAA appearance since 2001.

 

MONKEY OFF HER BACK

FSU head coach Sue Semrau has accomplished a lot during her 12-year Seminole career but one thing she had never done was win at NC State. Well, that changed on Jan. 15 as her team earned a 64-59 victory at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. Semrau was 0-8 all-time in the Wolfpack’s home gym before earning the win Thursday night.  With that victory, Semrau has now won at every ACC school.

 

Another double-double for monroe

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg) and against NC State, FSU’s talented post-player added to another category. That’s because with a team-high 14 points and a season-high 15 rebounds she achieved her team-high fifth double-double of the season and the 13th of her career. She turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her sophomore campaign.  Monroe is now averaging a double-double in ACC play at  11.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

 

ABOUT MONROE’S BOARDS

Jacinta Monroe’s 15 rebounds in the NC State win is the most rebounds by a Seminole since Monroe grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds in her FSU debut vs. UAB on November 12, 2007.  In that game, the rookie-Monroe also recorded her first career double-double, adding 23 points to the effort.

 

CAREER-HIGH PLAYING TIME

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has now played in two road ACC games in her career and the Sandusky, Ohio native has performed very well in both of them. Against Virginia tech she scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Then, against NC State, the 6-foor-4 post-player scored eight points and had four rebounds in a career-high 29 minutes of action. Bravard has played double-digit minutes in every game of her career so far but her performance against NC State marked just the fifth time this year that she played over 20 minutes. Her previous career-high for playing time was the 25 minutes she played earlier this season against College of Charleston.  She is averaging 18.4 minutes per game overall and 21.0 minutes per game in ACC play.

 

POOR FREE THROW PERFORMANCE

In their last outing, the Seminoles shot a season-low 47.1 percent from the free throw line in the win over NC State. After going to the line just one time in the first half and making that attempt, FSU missed seven of its 16 free throws attempts in the final period. Only one other time this season have the Seminoles shot below 50 percent from the charity stripe. The last time that occurred was in late November against Southeast Missouri State when FSU shot 47.8 percent from the line. On the season, the Seminoles are shooting 66 percent from the free throw line. The highest free throw percentages for a season during the Sue Semrau era were in 2004-05  and 2000-01when FSU shot 70 percent.  FSU finished last season shooting 66 percent from the line.

 

CLOSING IN ON A RECORD

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe has led the Seminoles in blocked shots over the past two seasons and is steadily climbing the ranks as one of the greatest shot blockers in program history. With a game-high three rejections against NC State, Monroe has a team-best 44 swats this season. Monroe now has 185 career blocked shots and is just 24 shy of Brooke Wyckoff’s all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001.  Monroe is averaging 2.3 blocks per game this season and if she stays on this pace will have 212 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 eight games this season including a season-high six against Mercer.

 

IMPROVING THE TURNOVER ISSUES

Two games after tying their season-high in turnovers with 26 at Virginia Tech, the Seminoles protected the ball in the win over NC State with just 13 turnovers, which was the second-lowest total of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles are now averaging 19.1 turnovers per game after giving up just a combined 27 turnovers in back-to-back games. 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

2008-09           19.1

2007-08           18.3     NCAA Tournament

2006-07           16.9     NCAA Tournament

2005-06           15.7     NCAA Tournament

2004-05           16.5     NCAA Tournament

2003-04           17.1

2002-03           18.5

2001-02           17.8

2000-01           17.8     NCAA Tournament

1999-00           21.6

1998-99           21.0

1997-98           24.6

 

ASSISTS TO TURNOVERS

The bad news is that FSU has recorded more assists than turnovers in just three game this seasons.  The good news is that two of those games happen to be the last two contests. FSU recorded 14 assists and 13 turnovers in the NC State win and 15 assists and 14 turnovers in the Clemson victory.  Against UCF, the ratio was 21-to-20. FSU recorded 14 assists and 13 turnovers in the NC State win and 15 assists and 14 turnovers in the Clemson victory.  Against UCF, the ratio was 21-to-20.

 

DAVIS-CAIN REACHES 1,000, Freshour OVER 900

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 Seminole history to score at least 1,000 points in a career. With 10 points against NC State, the Dawson, Ga., native now has 1,057 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 142 career triples while Davis-Cain currently has 161 after making two against NC State. In addition to moving up the career list for 3-pointers, Freshour also could reach the 1,000-point mark in this, her final season at FSU. Against Virginia Tech, she surpassed the 900-point total and then added to it with 17 points against Clemson and 11 more against NC State. The updated totals are:

 

Career 3-Pointers

Career Record:             Tanae Davis-Cain       161

                                    Mara Freshour            142

                                    Wendy Hampton          134

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,057

Mara Freshour: 930

 

MORE ON FRESHOUR and the fsu record book

In addition to stamping her name in the Florida State record books in the points scored and 3-point categories, the countdown is now on for Mara Freshour in the games-played department. When she suited up and started for the Seminoles in their previous game against NC State, the Nashville, Ind., native officially moved into a tie for ninth place all-time with former FSU players Tia Paschal and LaQuinta Neelyfor most games played in a Seminole career with 116. When Freshour takes the court against Georgia Tech, she will move into a tie for eighth place with former Seminole Danielle Ryan at 117 and will be just three games behind Sue Galkantas and Ganiyat Adeduntan for seventh place. Freshour won’t be finshed there, however, as it’s very likely she will become the new record holder in this category before her senior season is complete as Glenda Stokes’s FSU record of 130 games is within reach.

 

SEMINOLES ARE PERFECT WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF

After leading 31-24 at halftime against NC State and then earning the victory, FSU is a perfect 14-0 in games this year when leading after the game’s first 20 minutes.

 

TWO SEASON-HIGHS FOR FRESHOUR

In her three-plus seasons in the garnet and gold, senior Mara Freshour has been asked to do a lot for the Seminoles. And this year is no different as the Nashville, Ind., native has had to play all over the court for FSU and in a variety of different roles. Against Clemson, that role was as scorer and rebounder. Freshour finished that game with season-highs in points (17) and rebounds (nine) and also dished out four assists.

 

CRACKING THE STARTING LINEUP

Alysha Harvin’s aggressiveness has landed the junior a spot in the starting five the past five games. Harvin, who is averaging 7.4 points per game, scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds in a season-high 30 minutes of action against Clemson. She also scored nine points against NC State despite battling with foul trouble. She is shooting a team-high .829 from the free-throw line and has scored in double figures seven times this year.

 

BRAVARD WAS ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

FSU’s Cierra Bravard was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 11.  Bravard helped her Seminoles to three wins, including a victory over No. 3 Texas A&M. This is the first such honor for Bravard and the first conference honor for the Seminoles this season. In just 17.7 minutes of play off of the bench, Bravard averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in FSU’s three victories and helped FSU to a 2-0 start in ACC play.  Bravard shot 58 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line for the week.  She led the Seminoles in scoring in her first career ACC game with 14 points and six rebounds in the win at Virginia Tech in just 17 minutes of play off of the bench.

 

WARD BACK AT THE POINT

Sophomore Courtney Ward broke back into the starting lineup in the UCF game after coming off the bench in seven-straight games and has been stellar in all facets of her game.  Ward came off a 12-point, seven-assist performance in the Virginia Tech game to score three points and dish out a game-high five assists in the win over Clemson.  She had 12 points and five rebounds in the NC State victory.  In five-straight starts, she has averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 assists per game.

 

FASTEST TO 15 WINS SINCE 2004-05 Season

By defeating NC State on Jan. 15, the Seminoles have reached 15 regular-season wins the quickest since the 2004-05 season. Last year, FSU didn’t reach 15 wins until defeating NC State on Feb. 7. The year before that, win No. 15 didn’t occur until Jan. 18 against Clemson. During the 2005-06 campaign, the Seminoles didn’t post 15 wins until Feb. 9 against Miami.

 

SEASON-TICKET SALES UP 63 PERCENT

Make no mistake about it, college basketball at Florida State University is getting more and more popular each season. The FSU marketing office reports that with a school-record 1,819 women’s basketball season tickets sales for the 2008-09 season, the Seminoles have now sold 63 percent more seats than they did a season ago. The previous high for season tickets was 1,119 during the 2006-07 season.

 

SOUNDS SIMPLE: FSU WINS WHEN THEY SCORE

With 80 points against Clemson, Florida State is now a perfect 5-0 when the Seminoles score at least 80 points in a game. The Seminoles are also undefeated when they lead at halftime and are perfect in games decided by 20 points or more.

 

BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER

• Florida State is using its size to its advantage this season and the Seminoles have outrebounded all but four opponents so far, including a +16 advantage over Clemson. 

• The Seminoles have speed but need to take care of the basketball better.  FSU tied its season-high with 26 turnovers in the Virginia Tech win.  FSU also had 26 TO’s vs. North Florida, a win, and Washington, a loss.  The Seminoles are averaging 19.1 turnovers a game after giving the ball away just 14 times against Clemson and then just 13  times against NC State but need to sustain that ability to protect the basketball.

• The Seminoles recorded a season-high 10 blocks in the Virginia Tech win, which is the most blocks by an FSU team since the Seminoles had 10 blocks vs. Miami on January 7th, 2007.  Nine blocks at Texas A&M was the season-best last year.

 

TAKING DOWN THE NATION’S NO. 3 TEAM

Florida State’s upset victory over No. 3 Texas A&M marked the first time FSU has defeated a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 25 Ohio State last year. The Seminoles’ last win over a top-five-ranked team occurred in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when they upset then-No. 5 Stanford to advance to FSU’s first Sweet Sixteen. The victory over the Aggies also marked the Seminoles’ first win over a top-three program since downing then-No. 2 Duke in 2004. With Monday’s win, FSU now has three victories all-time against top-three-ranked teams.

 

A SECOND HALF TO REMEMBER

After a quick timeout by head coach Sue Semrau early in the second half of the Texas A&M game, FSU went on a tear. The Seminoles went on an incredible 34-10 run to close out the game. FSU did this by making timely shots on the offensive end and limiting the Aggies’ playmakers on the defensive end. After shooting just over 20 percent in the first half, FSU shot just over 62 percent in the second half. And perhaps more importantly, the Seminoles limited Texas A&M’s stellar guard Takia Starks as she finished with just six points – well below her average – on just 3-for-18 shooting. She was also 0-for-8 from 3-point range. For the game, FSU scored 41 points in the second half compared to just 24 by the Aggies.

 

VERY EXCITING MOMENTS

Trailing by 17 points with 13 minutes remaining in the game against Texas A&M, hope seemed to be lost for the Seminoles. But after chipping away at the Aggies lead and cutting the deficit to just six points with around five minutes remaining in regulation, things got even more exciting for everyone at the Tucker Center. The frenzy all started when Tanae Davis-Cain drilled a 3-pointer with 4:42 remaining in the ballgame to cut Texas A&M’s lead to just 50-47. Davis-Cain’s fist-pumping to the crowd and chest bumping with her teammates then led to a lay-up by Angel Gray and a couple of Cierra Bravard free-throws that gave FSU a 51-50 lead with just over four minutes remaining. Courtney Ward then converted a lay-up and hit a 3-pointer to put the Seminoles on top at 56-50 and FSU never looked back.

 

FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR WHEN TRAILING AT THE HALF

The upset victory over Texas A&M marked the first time this season that the Seminoles earned a victory despite trailing at the halftime break. The Aggies boasted a 29-19 advantage at the game’s intermission. Despite trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, the win marked the squad’s biggest comeback of the 2008-09 season.

 

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.

 

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 SEMO was allowed was the lowest 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.

 

Antionette Howard Leaves Team

Sophomore forward Antionette Howard decided to not play basketball at FSU and left the team in November.

 

FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC

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

9. Clemson

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami

12. Wake Forest

 

Florida State Women’s Basketball Program Signs Talented 2009 Prospect

FSU head coach Sue Semrau announced 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.

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