March 20, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State at NCAA Tournament
Wells Fargo Arena (14,707) * Des Moines, Iowa
vs. #25 Ohio State * Saturday, March 22 * 9:30 pm (CST)
Radio: 1270 AM * TV: ESPN2 & ESPNU
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
ESPN: Beth Mowins (PBP) * Fran Fraschilla (Color) * Ron Johnson (Sideline)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Regardless if they were the first team in or the last, the Florida State women’s basketball team is set for its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles (18-13) received one of the 34 at-large berths and will be the No. 11 seed in the New Orleans Regional. Florida State’s first-round opponent will be the No. 6 seed Ohio State. This will be the first meeting between the Seminoles and Buckeyes (22-8). The two teams will tip off at 9:30 p.m. (CST) and the game can be heard on 1270 AM and Seminoles.com. It will be broadcast regionally on ESPN2 and nationally on ESPNU.
Florida State Makes Sixth-Straight Postseason Appearance
Playing beyond the regular season is becoming a rite of passage at Florida State, not an infrequent occurrence. The Seminoles spot in the NCAA Tournament is their fourth Big Dance in a row and their sixth-straight postseason bid. Prior to the start of the run of four-straight NCAA Tournaments, Florida State played in a pair of WNITs. This is the Seminoles’ seventh postseason tournament under head coach Sue Semrau and their fifth NCAA bid following a spot in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Scouting Ohio State
The regular season Big Ten Champion, Ohio State is a classic Big Ten team with 10 players who stand in at 5-foot-11 or taller. Compare that to Florida State who only has 10 players on its active roster and only five of them are that tall. The Buckeyes are a very balanced team that rates first in the Big Ten at 71.7 ppg. on offense and third in the league at the defensive end of the court at 59.7 ppg. Ohio State is a very accurate team from the floor, ranking fifth in the country at 47.0 percent. Leading the way for OSU is Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year, Jantel Lavender who averages 17.5 ppg. and is 19th in the country at 9.9 rebounds per game. OSU got a boost when All-Big Ten selection Star Allen regained her eligibility after sitting out the winter quarter. Allen started 10-of-12 games this season, averaging 8.6 ppg. and 7.1 rpg.
While this will be the first time that Sue Semrau and Jim Foster will face each other as head coaches, it will not be the first time they’ve been on opposite benches. Foster’s Vanderbilt Commadores got the best of Wisconsin when Semrau was an assistant during the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt prevailed 96-82 on March 17, 1996. As an assistant in Madison, Semrau went 5-1 against Ohio State. Foster has actually coached against FSU before, dropping a 59-54 decision as the head coach at St. Joseph’s on January 7, 1983.
Seminoles And Buckeyes Have Common Opponents
Thanks to the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge, Florida State and Ohio State have some comment opponents. The Buckeyes lost their game in the Challenge, 77-53 at Maryland – which was OSU’s worse loss of the year – while the Seminoles took the Terps to overtime before falling, 92-84. During its Challenge game, Florida State went into Assembly Hall and beat Indiana, 85-78. Ohio State split its games with the Hoosiers, losing in Bloomington, 69-61, in overtime on March 25.