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Georgia On Our Mind: Florida State Earns No. 3 Seed in NCAA Women’s Tournament, Will Face North Carolina A&T Saturday at 2 p.m.

March 16, 2009

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TALLAHASEE, Fla. – For a school-record fifth-straight season, the No. 12 Florida State women’s basketball team is going dancing.

FSU (26-7) heard its name called on Selection Monday for the ninth time in program history as the team earned its highest seeding ever in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. As a No. 3 seed, the Seminoles will travel to Duluth, Ga. – which is just outside of Atlanta – to take on No. 14 seed North Carolina A&T Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m.

“Our fans are the best and we love going to Atlanta,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “The fact that it is not someone’s home court is something we are extremely excited about.”

Should the Seminoles defeat the Aggies (26-6), they would play the winner of the Arizona State vs. Georgia matchup. Saturday’s first round showdown will be aired on ESPN2.

Florida State’s best-ever seeding is a reward for the greatest regular-season in program history. The Seminoles not only earned their highest national rankings ever this season, for the first time they also earned a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference title by finishing tied with Maryland with 12 regular-season wins. In yet another program first, the team also finished undefeated in true road games this season.

 

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FSU then followed the regular season with the team’s second-ever trip to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.

In addition to all the overall team achievements this year, several individuals have earned their fair share of recognition.

Semrau earned her third-career ACC Coach of the Year honor this season after tying her season high with 24 victories before the season even started. She earned career victory No. 200 this year and her Seminoles also set a new school record for most wins over top-10 opponents with three.

As for her players, four different Seminoles earned all-conference honors as junior forward Jacinta Monroe led the way with two nods. Monroe, who became FSU’s all-time leader in blocked shots this year, was named to the All-ACC Defensive and All-ACC Second teams.

Senior guards Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain were both named to the All-ACC Third Team. They both were also named to the ACC All-Tournament Team, marking the first time in Seminole history that two FSU players earned that type of recognition in the same season.

True freshman Cierra Bravard rounded out the awards with an All-ACC Rookie Team selection.

“It’s just a testament to what we have done this season as a team that has worked so hard and so diligent,” Semrau said. “I am just really excited that we have this opportunity to go play North Carolina A&T in the NCAA Tournament.”

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT TICKETS

The Seminole Ticket Office is no longer taking orders for the Women’s Basketball Tournament in Duluth, GA.  Fans wishing to purchase tickets can do so online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.   Groups of 25 or more can purchase tickets at a group rate by calling the host site, directly at 770-813-7681.

Should Florida State win on Saturday, customers who purchased tickets for the 1st round would have the option to purchase tickets for Monday’s 2nd round also to be played in Duluth.

NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME NOTES:

 

FSU & THE NCAA TOURNEY…

FSU will participate in its ninth NCAA Tournament in 2009 and fifth consecutive — a program-best.  Six of FSU’s nine appearances have been since 2000-01. FSU is 7-8 in NCAA Tourney play.

 

1983

NCAA Mideast First Round – University, MS

Ole Miss 86, FSU 76

1990

NCAA Mideast First Round – Tallahassee, FL

Penn State 83, FSU 73

1991

NCAA Mideast First Round – Tallahassee, FL

FSU 96, Appalachian State 57

NCAA Mideast Second Round – Bowling Green, KY

Western Kentucky 72, FSU 69

2001

NCAA Midwest First Round – Ames, IA

FSU 72, Tulane 70

NCAA Midwest Second Round – Ames, IA

Iowa State 85, FSU 70

2005

NCAA Mideast First Round – Storrs, CT

FSU 87, Richmond 54

NCAA Mideast Second Round – Storrs, CT

UConn 70, FSU 52

2006

NCAA Midwest First Round – Denver, CO

FSU 80, Richmond 71

NCAA Midwest Second Round – Denver, CO

Stanford 88, FSU 70

2007

NCAA Fresno Regional First Round – Stanford, CA

FSU 85, Old Dominion 75

NCAA Fresno Regional Second Round – Stanford, CA

FSU 68, Stanford 61

NCAA Fresno Regional Sweet 16

LSU 55, FSU 43

2008

NCAA Des Moines Regional First Round – Ames, IA

FSU 60, Ohio State 49

NCAA Des Moines Regional Second Round – Ames, IA

Oklahoma State 73, FSU 72 (OT)

 

HIGHEST SEED EVER

The Seminoles have been rewarded for their hardwork this season as they enter the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament boasting the highest seed in program history at No. 3. Prior to this season, FSU’s highest ever seeding was No. 5. The team earned that seeding twice when the NCAA field was just 48 teams – first in 1983 and then once more in 1991.

 

2009    No. 3    (field of 64)

2008    No. 11 (field of 64)

2007    No. 10 (field of 64)

2006    No. 6    (field of 64)

2005    No. 6    (field of 64)

2001    No. 7    (field of 64)

1991    No. 5    (field of 48)

1990    No. 10 (field of 48)

1983    No. 5    (field of 48)

 

SEVENTH-STRAIGHT POSTSEASON APPEARANCE

Playing beyond the regular season is becoming a rite of passage at Florida State and not an infrequent occurrence. The Seminoles’ selection to play in the NCAA Tournament is their fifth Big Dance in a row and the program’s seventh-straight postseason bid. Prior to the start of the run of five-straight NCAA Tournaments, Florida State played in a pair of WNITs. This is the Seminoles’ eighth postseason tournament appearance under head coach Sue Semrau and their sixth overall NCAA bid under her guidance.

 

FSU VS. THE TEAMS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Florida State has played 11 teams this season that are participating in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and five of those teams are in the Trenton Regional along with the Seminoles.  FSU’s record vs. those 11 opponents is 9-5.  With Florida Gulf Coast and Murray State playing in the WNIT, that record improves to 11-5 vs. teams that are participating in the postseason.  FSU’s record vs. the teams in the Trenton Regional is 3-3.

 

8-0 UNDER SEMRAU IN FIRST GAME OF POSTSEASON

Under Sue Semrau, the Seminoles play well right away in the postseason. Every time one of her FSU teams has entered the postseason, the Seminoles have won their first round game as the team is a perfect 8-0 in those types of contests. Under Semrau, Florida State has an overall record of 6-5 in the NCAA Tournament and 2-2 overall mark in WNIT games.

 

11+ PPG IN OPENING ROUND GAMES

Since a two-point victory over Tulane during the 2001 NCAA Tournament, FSU has been winning big to start the postseason. During NCAA play, Florida State is winning its first round games by an average of just over 10 points per game. When adding in the WNIT, that first-round winning margin is 11.4 points per game. Twice FSU has won its first round game by more than 30 points: 87-54 over Richmond in 2005 and 96-57 over Appalachian State in 1991, which was FSU’s first NCAA tournament win in program history.

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN

FSU’s average points per game in NCAA tourney……. 71.5

FSU’s average points per win in NCAA tourney……….. 78.3

FSU’s average points per loss in NCAA tourney………. 65.6

FSU’s average points given up in NCAA tourney……… 69.9

 

FSU INDIVIDUAL RECORDS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Category.. RecordPlayer…………….. OpponentDate

Points………… 28……. Roneeka Hodges. UConn….. 3/22/05

FGs…………… 11……. Roneeka Hodges. UConn….. 3/22/05

FGs Att.……… 26……. Tanae Davis-Cain. Ohio State 3/22/08

3FGs………….. 5…….. Tanae Davis-Cain. Ohio State 3/22/08

3FGs Att.…….. 9…….. Tanae Davis-Cain. Ohio State 3/22/08

…………………. 9…….. Mara Freshour….. Okla. State 3/24/08

…………………. 9…….. Tanae Davis-Cain. Okla. State 3/24/08

FTs…………….. 8…….. Alicia Gladden…… Stanford.. 3/19/07

FTs Att.……… 11……. Alicia Gladden…… Stanford.. 3/19/07

OF Reb.………. 7…….. Chantelle Dishman……….. App. State     3/13/91

DE Reb.………. 8…….. Mara Freshour….. Ohio State 3/22/08

…………………. 8…….. Jacinta Monroe…. Okla. State 3/24/08

TOT Reb.……. 12……. Brenda Cliette…… Mississippi 3/18/83

………………… 12……. Alicia Gladden…… La. Tech.. 3/18/06

………………… 12……. Mara Freshour….. Ohio State 3/22/08

Blocks………… 5…….. Jacinta Monroe…. Old Dominion 3/17/07

Assists……….. 8…….. LaQuinta Neely….. Richmond 3/20/05

…………………. 8…….. Holly Johnson…… Stanford.. 3/20/06

 

TEAM RECORDS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Category……. Record…….. Opponent………………… Date

FG%……………… 57.7……….. Old Dominion………… 3/17/07

3FG%……………. 64.3……….. Richmond…………….. 3/20/05

FT%……………… 90.0……….. Western Kentucky…. 3/15/91

Total Points…….. 96………… Appalachian State….. 3/13/91

FGs………………… 38………… Appalachian State….. 3/13/91

FGs Att.………….. 81………… Appalachian State….. 3/13/91

3FGs……………….. 9…………. Richmond…………….. 3/20/05

……………………… 9…………. Ohio State…………….. 3/22/08

3FGs Att.………… 21………… Oklahoma State…….. 3/24/08

FTs………………… 19………… Louisiana Tech………. 3/18/06

…………………….. 19………… Penn State……………. 3/14/90

…………………….. 19………… Appalachian State….. 3/13/91

FTs Att.…………… 32………… Louisiana Tech………. 3/18/06

OF Reb.………….. 20………… Appalachian State….. 3/13/91

DEF Reb.………… 32………… Oklahoma State…….. 3/24/08

TOT Reb.…………. 51………… Oklahoma State…….. 3/24/08

Blocks…………….. 7…………. Old Dominion………… 3/17/07

Assists…………… 23………… Richmond…………….. 3/20/05

Steals…………….. 21………… Appalachian State….. 3/13/91

GO ACC!

For the seventh-straight year, the Atlantic Coast Conference will be represented by at least six teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Field of 64. The ACC is one of only four leagues to place six or more teams in the Big Dance.

 

THE FSU-NORTH CAROLINA A&T SERIES

Saturday’s NCAA Tournament first-round matchup between the Seminoles and Aggies will be the first ever between the two programs.

 

SCOUTING THE AGGIES

FSU……………………….. PER GAME………………….. NCA&T

70.6………………………….. POINTS…………………………. 76.6

.421……………………………. FG%…………………………… .434

.385…………………………… 3FG%………………………….. .330

.670……………………………. FT%…………………………… .681

40.9……………………….. REBOUNDS………………………. 40.9

13.4…………………………. ASSISTS………………………… 13.6

18.4………………………. TURNOVERS……………………… 18.2

8.7…………………………… STEALS…………………………. 12.3

4.7…………………………… BLOCKS………………………….. 3.1

 

FSU VS. THE MEAC

North Carolina A@T will be FSU’s first opponent from the MEAC this season.  The Seminoles are 24-8 all-time vs. current members of the MEAC.  The last time FSU played a team from the MEAC was in the 2004-05 season when the Seminoles defeated Florida A&M, 85-66.

 

WHAT IF FSU WINS?

If Florida State can open the tournament with a victory over No. 14 seed North Carolina A&T, the Seminoles would take on the winner of the matchup between No. 6 seed Arizona State (23-8) and No. 11 seed Georgia (18-13) on Monday at 7 p.m. FSU is a combined 0-8 all-time against the Sun Devils and Bulldogs.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. ARIZONA STATE …………………….       0-1

1983-84………….. L…………………….. 70-85……………… (N)

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. GEORGIA ………………………… 0-7

1987-88………….. L…………………….. 72-91……………… (H)

1988-89………….. L…………………….. 70-90…………….. (A)

1989-90………….. L…………………….. 76-80……………… (H)

1990-91………….. L…………………….. 71-91…………….. (A)

1998-99………….. L…………………….. 72-95……………… (A)

2006-07………….. L…………………….. 60-73……………… (N)

2007-08………….. L…………………. 62-71 (OT)………….. (N)

 

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS AND BULLDOGS

PER GAME……….. FSU………………. ASU………………. UGA

POINTS…………….. 70.6………………. 69.6………………. 64.5

FG%………………… .421………………. .455………………. .432

3FG%………………. .385………………. .396………………. .307

FT%…………………. .670………………. .727………………. .681

REBOUNDS……….. 40.9………………. 35.8………………. 39.2

ASSISTS…………… 13.4………………. 16.9………………. 13.9

TURNOVERS………. 18.4………………. 16.9………………. 17.0

STEALS…………….. 8.7………………… 10.0………………… 8.0

BLOCKS……………. 4.7………………… 4.0………………….. 4.6

 

RECORD IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA

Florida State’s journey to Duluth, Ga., for the NCAA Tournament marks the first time ever that the Seminoles will play a postseason game in the Peach State. Including games against Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Albany State, Mercer and Valdosta State, and one in-season tournament game against LSU at the Arena @ Gwinnett Center during the 2003-04 season, the Seminoles are 13-16 all-time in the state of Georgia.

 

AT THE ARENA @ GWINNETT CENTER

Florida State has played at the Arena @ Gwinnett Center twice in the Sue Semrau era.  In 2003-04, the Seminoles fell to LSU 68-75 in a mid-season tournament while in 2006-07, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Seminoles, 70-65.

 

TIED FOR FIRST PLACE IN THE ACC

For the first time in program history, the FSU women’s basketball team earned a tie for first place in the ACC regular-season. The Seminoles shared the honor with Maryland after both teams finished with a 12-2 record in ACC play.

 

FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC

The Seminoles finished tied for first in the conference this year after being predicted to finish fifth. The ACC Preseason Poll was selected by the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives.

 

2008-09 Preseason Poll    Finish      Tourn.Seed

1. North Carolina                   4th                            4

2. Maryland                           Tied 1st                     1

3. Duke                                 3rd                            3

4. Virginia                              Tied 5th                     6

5. Florida State                   Tied 1st                    2

6. Georgia Tech                     Tied 5th                     5

7. Boston College                  7th                            7

8. NC State                            T8th                          8

9. Clemson                           Tied 10th                 12

10. Virginia Tech                   Tied 10th                 11

11. Miami                              Tied 10th                 10

12. Wake Forest                    Tied 8th                     9

 

HISTORICALLY IN THE ACC…

The Seminoles have become a factor in the ACC race in recent years. Beginning in 2003, FSU has finished no worse than tied for 5th in the ACC regular-season.  Before Sue Semrau became head coach at FSU in 1997-98, the Seminoles finished no higher than 5th place in the regular season and was the ACC Tournament’s 9th seed out of nine teams in three of the four previous seasons. 

 

Year Preseason Prediction    ACC Record/Place    Seed

1992               5th                            8-8/5th                 5th

1993               7th                           6-10/7th                7th

1994               9th                          3-13/T8th               9th

1995               9th                           3-13/8th                8th

1996               9th                           2-14/9th                9th

1997               9th                           0-16/9th                9th

1998               9th                           5-11/7th                7th

1999               6th                           2-14/9th                9th

2000               7th                           4-12/8th                8th

2001               8th                           9-7/T3rd                4th

2002               6th                          4-12/T8th               9th

2003               8th                           8-8/T4th                4th

2004               5th                           7-9/T5th                5th

2005               9th                            9-5/4th                 4th

2006               6th                           10-4/4th                4th

2007               5th                          10-4/T3rd               5th

2008               4th                           7-7/T5th                6th

2009               5th                           12-2/T1st              2nd     

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD FOR ACC WINS

Florida State’s 12 ACC wins in the regular season are the most in the history of the program. Prior to this season, FSU had twice earned 10 ACC wins — in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Before Sue Semrau’s arrival in 1997-98, the Seminoles’ most ACC wins in a season were eight in 1991-92, FSU’s first season in the league, and the Seminoles had never had a season above .500 in ACC play. Semrau has now led the Seminoles to five winning seasons in conference play.

 

SEVEN-GAME STREAK REACHES SEVEN

FSU earned a record 12 ACC victories in the regular season and has now won seven or more ACC games in seven-straight seasons, dating back to 2002-03, and in eight of the last nine seasons. In FSU’s first 11 seasons in the ACC from 1991-92 to 2001-02, the Seminoles reached 7+ ACC wins just twice.

 

THE SECOND SEMI-FINALS APPEARANCE EVER

FSU made just its second ACC Tournament semi-finals appearance when the team faced Duke on March 7. The Seminoles joined the league in 1992 and finished no higher than 5th until the 2000-01 season when they tied for 3rd and were the conference tourney’s No. 4 seed.  In 2001, FSU defeated Virginia 83-77 in quarterfinal action but fell to Duke 72-56 in the semi’s.

                         

SEMRAU ACC COACH OF THE YEAR FOR THIRD TIME

Florida State women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau was named the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Semrau, who has now earned ACC Coach of the Year honors three times after garnering the award in the 2000-01 and 2004-05 seasons, has guided the Seminoles to the greatest regular-season in program history.

     Semrau’s Seminoles set school records this year for most wins over top-10 opponents (three), highest national rankings (No. 11 AP poll and No. 12 USA Today/ESPN poll) and highest ACC Tournament seed (No. 2 seed). FSU also tied for first place in the ACC regular season for the first time in program history after finishing 12-2, the most wins in the conference this year.

     The 12 conference victories is also a program-best and the team’s 24 wins overall ties Semrau’s career high. Now currently at 204 victories, Semrau is far from done this season. 

 

SEMINOLE SENIORS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

After averaging 17.0 and 16.0 points per game in two games, respectively, Florida State seniors Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour were named to the 2009 ACC All-Tournament Second Team, marking the first time in program history that two Seminoles have earned such an honor in the same season.

     In the win over Boston College, both Davis-Cain and Freshour led all players with 20 points apiece and combined for eight buckets from three-point range. In the semifinal loss to Duke, the pair were the only Seminoles to score in double figures as Davis-Cain had 14 points and Freshour added 12.

     Davis-Cain and Freshour are used to making history as Seminoles. The duo will be the first in program history to play in four straight NCAA Tournaments, have led Florida State to its highest national ranking and led the Seminoles to a first-place finish in the ACC regular-season, also a program-first.

     Davis-Cain and Freshour join three other former Seminoles who earned ACC All-Tournament Team honors in their careers. Tia Paschal (1993, first team), Latavia Coleman (2000, first team) and Brooke Wyckoff (2001, second team) also garnered the distinction.

 

THREE NAMED TO ALL-ACC TEAMS

On the heels of the greatest regular season in program history, it’s only fitting that Florida State was well-represented on the 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball teams.

     The Seminoles finished tied with UNC for most selections this year as junior forward Jacinta Monroe was named to the second team and senior guards Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain were placed on the third team.

     Monroe’s placement on the second team marks the second time in her career that she has garnered postseason attention from the conference as she was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2007. She has been FSU’s leader on both ends of the floor all season, has eight double-doubles and has led Florida State in scoring in 13 games and in rebounding in 19 games.

     As for FSU’s senior co-captains, Freshour and Davis-Cain’s placement on the third team recognizes two players that will have helped guide their team to an NCAA Tournament berth in each of their four seasons.

     Davis-Cain has been recognized for the second-straight season. A year after being named to the 2008 All-ACC Honorable Mention Team, the Dawson, Ga., native was rewarded for a regular season that saw her become FSU’s all-time career leader in three-pointers made.

      This season marks the 12th-straight season that a Seminole player has been named to an All-ACC team.

 

MONROE NAMED TO ACC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

The ACC coaches began picking an ACC All-Defensive Team in 2000 and an FSU player has been among the five-member team in six of the nine years, including Jacinta Monroe who earned the honor in addition to being named to the All-ACC Second Team. During the regular-season, Monroe paced FSU with team bests in rebounds (7.8 rpg) and blocks (2.5 bpg). With a team-best 76 blocks  in the regular season, Monroe became FSU’s career leader in blocks in the Miami win on February 22nd and now has 219 career blocks after swatting two against Boston College. She set a new FSU record with nine blocks in the win over Georgia Tech this season — a mark that was an ACC best this season.

 

FSU’S ALL-TIME ACC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM HONOREES

2000    Brooke Wyckoff

2001    Brooke Wyckoff

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