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FSU Ready For St. John’s

March 21, 2010

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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.



#3 Florida State (27-5)(12-2) vs. #6 St. John’s (25-6)(12-4)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 (7:00 p.m. EST)

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     Stats Comparison FSUSt. John’s
     Points Per Game74.870.4
     Scoring Margin+ 15.3+ 13.0
     FG Percentage.445.427
     3P Percentage.382.360
     FT Percentage.715.614
     Rebounds Per Game42.140.5
     Rebound Margin+ 7.4+ 2.4
     Assists Per Game15.613.9
     Turnovers Per Game19.015.0
     Steals Per Game8.89.9
     Blocks Per Game4.23.3


     Florida State
    Stat Leaders
     St. John’s
     J. Monroe13.1Points PG14.4
     D. Stevens
     J. Monroe236Rebounds233
     D. Stevens
     C. Ward176Assists155
     N. McKenith
     C. Ward67Steals71
     N. McKenith
     J. Monroe65Blocks28
     J. McCorvey

    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.

    The Matchup
    Series – FSU leads 1-0
    Last Meeting – FSU 74, St. John’s 56 – December 29, 1999 (Miami, Fla.)

    The Coaches
    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 •
    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
    University, Miss.

    Penn State 83, FSU 73
    Tallahassee, Fla.

    FSU 96, Appalachian State 57
    Tallahassee, Fla.
    Western Kentucky 72, FSU 69
    Bowling Green, Ky.

    FSU 72, Tulane 70
    Iowa State 85, FSU 70
    Ames, Iowa

    FSU 87, Richmond 54
    Connecticut 70, FSU 52
    Storrs, Conn.

    FSU 80, Louisiana Tech 71
    Stanford 88, FSU 70
    Denver, Colo.

    FSU 85, Old Dominion 75
    FSU 63, Stanford 61
    Stanford, Calif.
    Sweet Sixteen
    LSU 55, FSU 43
    Fresno, Calif.

    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
    Duluth, Ga.

    FSU 75, Louisiana Tech 61
    Tallahassee, Fla.

    * – Wins were vacated February 2010

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