April 10, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State University women’s basketball Head Coach Sue Semrau has announced that Francine Houston, a 5-8 point guard from Bradenton Southeast (FL) High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seminoles next fall.
“We’re thrilled to have Francine join our program,” Semrau said. “She is the perfect compliment to not only the three young ladies we signed in the fall, but the team and our program as a whole. She brings with her a genuine love for the game of basketball and for Florida State University and she possesses an energy and work ethic that is contagious.”
Houston, who is the only women’s basketball player at Southeast to start as a freshman, was a four-year starter for the Lady Seminoles. Under the direction of Head Coach John Harder, she finished her career as the Lady ‘Noles second leading scorer with 1,609 points and recorded 527 assists and 466 steals. She also holds the girls’ school free throw percentage record with 72 percent. Houston averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 steals in her senior season.
Houston, who started every game for four years and never even missed a practice throughout her entire career, helped lead Southeast to a 72-21 record during her career and led the Lady Noles to four district titles and three consecutive appearances in the regional finals. A two-time team MVP, Houston has twice been named the all-area MVP by the Sarasota-Bradenton Herald Times while earning first team honors three years. In March, she was named the South team’s most valuable player of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Daytona Beach after starting and scoring 21 points.
“My first reaction, having sent 30 or so players to colleges in my 18 years of coaching, is that I have never seen a more positive match than Francine and FSU,” Southeast Head Coach John Harder said. “She’s a true Seminole. The Florida State program has the personality and technique that Francine is used to, having played for me, so it should be an easy transition for her. She’s an extremely talented player who works 24 hours, seven days a week. At FSU, she’ll only study and play basketball, because she has dedicated herself to the sport.”
Bradenton Southeast has produced numerous FSU athletes over the years, most notably former football standout Peter Warrick and current football players Todd Williams and Adrian McPherson.
Houston, who plans to major in criminology at Florida State, joins Hannah Linquist (6-3, C, Swannanoa, N.C.), Ganiyat Adeduntan (6-1, G, Athens, Ga.) and Holly Johnson (5-8, PG, Phoenix, Ariz.), who signed with the Seminoles in the fall.