TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team begins its quest for its 10th NCAA postseason appearance in the last 11 seasons as it begins preseason practice on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the FSU Basketball Training Center.
The 2014-15 year could be an exciting one for the Seminoles, as they return a talented squad that looks to be incredibly balanced and filled with several student-athletes who could earn time on the court. Three starters return for FSU as well as six other returnees, and five newcomers infuse the Seminoles with a bevy of playmakers.
“As a coaching staff we are intrigued by this year’s team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We have a lot of balance and depth, but as we get started with official practice, we will get a better idea of which players will step up for us. The offseason workouts have been great and the players have started to build good chemistry. It will be interesting to see how much we can progress before our first game against UAB on Nov. 14.”
Florida State boasts an impressive streak of winning at least one game in the NCAA Tournament in each of its last 11 consecutive appearances. The streak is currently the second-longest by an ACC team, including current and former members, and trails only Duke’s mark of winning in its last 21 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Semrau begins her 18th season with one of her deepest groups ever. This year, the Noles have 14 roster players, tied for the third most in the Semrau era at FSU(1997-present). Top-notch sophomore guard Leticia Romero will redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules.
The Seminoles boast some talented newcomers, including junior Adut Bulgak, Romero and freshman Ama Degbeon. All three begin their FSU careers after spending the summer playing in high-level FIBA competition overseas. Romero is currently participating with the Spanish National Team in the FIBA World Championship, and is playing alongside former FSU sharp-shooter Leonor Rodriguez.
Sophomore Brittany Brown is the top returning ACC player in steals per game with 2.3 last season. She anchors a defensive unit that finished second in the league behind only UNC with 10.2 steals per game in 2013-14.
Among the team’s talented newcomers are freshman McDonald’s All-American forward Shakayla Thomas and Top 100 guard Chania Ray. Thomas is one of seven McDonald’s All-Americans entering the ACC this season.
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