March 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After surviving a battle with No. 14 seed Louisiana Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament the Florida State Seminoles will take on No. 6 seed St. John’s at 7 p.m. Monday with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.
FSU is 1-5 all-time in second round games but the 2010 senior class owns the lone win as the Seminoles knocked off No. 3 seed Stanford in 2007 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Junior point guard Courtney Ward dished out three assists in the opening round win over Louisiana Tech and now needs just 3 assists to tie Shante Williams’ (2003-08) school record of 451.
Ward also has a chance to set the FSU single-season assist mark if she hands out 9 more helpers as she would surpass Shirley Silsby’s 33-year-old record of 184.
Senior Jacinta Monroe showed no ill effects of her ankle injury from the ACC Tournament as the 6-5 forward poured in 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the opening-round win over Louisiana Tech.
Series – FSU leads 1-0
Last Meeting – FSU 74, St. John’s 56 – December 29, 1999 (Miami, Fla.)
Florida State – Sue Semrau, 13th year
Career Record – 210-164
At Florida State – Same
St. John’s – Kim Barnes Arico, 8th year
Career Record – 224-184
At St. John’s – 130-112
In the Rankings
Florida State – AP – 11; Coaches – 11
St. John’s – AP – 15; Coaches – 17
On the Air
Radio – WNLS 1270 AM Seminoles.com
Talent – Ryan Pensy, Melissa Bruner
TV – ESPN2
Talent – Jon Sciambi, Abby Waner
Scouting St. John’s
The Red Storm advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history on Saturday with their 65-47 win over No. 11 seed Princeton.
Leading the attack for St. John’s is All-Big East First Team selection Da’Shena Stevens who is averaging 14.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season for the Red Storm. Stevens poured in a game-high 19 points in the St. John’s opening round win.
All-Big East Freshman Team member Shenneika Smith registered a double-double in the win with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Red Storm force the 33rd most turnovers in the NCAA this year at 15.1 per game and have turned that number into the 14th-best turnover margin in the country at 5.67 fewer per game.
St. John’s has struggled at the charity stripe however as the Red Storm is shooting 61.4 at the line, ranking 316 out of 322 in the country.
Last Time Out
The Seminoles won their 10th straight game following a loss with their 75-61 first round win over No. 14 seed Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
The duo of Courtney Ward and Jacinta Monroe each tallied 16 points in the win as the Seminoles had four scorers in double-digits for the 16th time this season.
FSU entered the game with the 13th-best rebounding margin in the country and improved on their plus-7.3 mark by grabbing 10 more (47-37) than the Lady Techsters.
The Seminoles held their 17th opponent this season to a shooting percentage below 35 percent as Louisiana Tech shot 33.9 percent from the floor, including a 16.7 percent mark in the second half.
The Seminoles In The NCAA Tournament
FSU is 6-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament having earned a bid to the big dance the last six seasons.
Under head coach Sue Semrau the Seminoles are 5-5 winning every opening round contest that they have been a part of.
FSU opened the tournament with an 83-71 win over No. 14 seed North Carolina A&T in Duluth, Ga. before No. 6 seed Arizona State pulled off the upset 63-58.
The Seminoles garnered a No. 3 seed for the second straight season marking the highest seed in school history.
FSU All-Time Tournament Seeds:
2010 #3 Dayton
2009 #3 Trenton
2008 #11 New Orleans
2007 #10 Stanford
2006 #6 San Antonio
2005 #6 Midwest
2001 #7 Midwest
1991 #5 Mideast
1990 #10 East
1983 #5 Mideast
FSU NCAA History
Mississippi 86, FSU 76
Penn State 83, FSU 73
FSU 96, Appalachian State 57
Western Kentucky 72, FSU 69
Bowling Green, Ky.
FSU 72, Tulane 70
Iowa State 85, FSU 70
FSU 87, Richmond 54
Connecticut 70, FSU 52
FSU 80, Louisiana Tech 71
Stanford 88, FSU 70
FSU 85, Old Dominion 75
FSU 63, Stanford 61
LSU 55, FSU 43
FSU 60, Ohio State 49
Oklahoma St. 73, FSU 72 (OT)
Des Moines, Iowa
FSU 83, NC A&T 71
Arizona State 63, FSU 58
FSU 75, Louisiana Tech 61
* – Wins were vacated February 2010