TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball continues to solidify its status as one of the nation’s premier programs, finishing 12th in the final USA Today Coaches Poll released Wednesday afternoon. The Seminoles end their season in the Top 25 of the USA Today Coaches Poll for the seventh time in program history, as well as the third time finishing in the Top 15. FSU’s 12th-place finish is its third highest, ending the 2014-15 season at seventh and the 2009-10 year tied for ninth.
Florida State finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 25-8 overall record while making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. FSU earned a double bye in the ACC Tournament for the second straight year following a 13-3 conference mark that was the second-most ACC wins in school history.
FSU has spent 32 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll, beginning on Jan. 5, 2015 when it entered the poll ranked 22nd. This past season the Seminoles never fell further than 15th in the poll, marking the first time FSU has stayed in the Top 15 wire-to-wire in one season.
Three Seminoles earned WBCA Honorable Mention All-America status to highlight strong seasons, including senior center Adut Bulgak, junior point guard Leticia Romero and sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas. Bulgak, who was also named a Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American, was placed on the All-ACC Second Team while Thomas was named on the conference’s first team. Thomas was also named Sixth Player of the Year, the first repeat winner of the award.
Florida State’s offensive efficiency allowed it to have another productive season. FSU shot 45.6 percent from the field this past year, the 15th-best mark in the country and the highest for the program since the 1992-93 season (46.6 percent). The Seminoles also finished in the Top 10 nationally in rebounding margin (fifth, +12.0 per game) and scoring margin (10th, +16.0 per game). In FSU’s 25 wins, it outscored opponents by an average of 25.5 points.
FSU was one of five ACC teams to finish in the USA Today Top 25, joining national runner-up Syracuse (third), Notre Dame (sixth), Louisville (14th) and Miami (24th). FSU also joined USF (22nd) and Miami among Florida-based schools that earned a spot in the final rankings. In each of the last two final polls in 2015 and 2016, FSU has been the highest-ranked institution from the Sunshine State.