March 7, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State at ACC Tournament
Greensboro Coliseum (23,500) * Greensboro, N.C.
vs. #11/12 Duke * Friday, March 7 * 8 pm
Radio: 100.7 FM & XM 192 * ACC Select
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner & Jamie Hovda (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
FSU Faces Duke In Quarterfinals Of ACC Tournament
Looking to strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume and make school history, the Florida State women’s basketball team is set for its quarterfinal match-up in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The Seminoles (18-12 overall) will take on third seeded and No. 11 nationally Duke at 8 p.m. on Friday (March 7). The Blue Devils (21-8) beat the Seminoles 70-38 during the regular season. The game can be heard on 100.7 FM, XM Channel 192 and Seminoles.com. It can also be seen on ACC Select.
Seminoles Trying To Reach Semifinals
A win over the Blue Devils in the quarterfinals would accomplish something that Florida State hasn’t done in seven years. The Seminoles haven’t made it to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament since the 2001 league summit. However, that year fourth-seeded Florida State received a first-round bye and only had to beat Virginia in the quarterfinals.
This time if FSU advances to the semis it will mark the first time the school has won a pair of games in the tournament. Five times – including this season – the Seminoles have won their first game of the ACC Tournament, only to fall in the second game. FSU has not fared well in its previous four second-day games at ACC Tournament, losing by an average of 25.8 ppg. Last season the Seminoles dropped a 76-49 decision to NC State in quarterfinals.
FSU Trying To Erase Memory Of Earlier Meeting With Duke
Scoring droughts can hurt a team, especially when you’re taking on a top-25 ACC team on their home court. FSU had two big dry spells in the first half and No. 12 Duke capitalized as it came away with the 70-38 victory. Thwarted by a taller Duke presence in the post, the Seminoles only shot a season-low 23.4 percent (15-of-64) from the floor to the Blue Devils’ 42.9 (30-of-70). Duke’s height also led to a 57-to-45 rebounding advantage. Duke’s full-court defense forced FSU into 25 turnovers and Duke converted those to 24 points.