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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There certainly isn’t a shortage on storylines for the No. 11/12 Florida State women’s basketball team’s showdown at Wake Forest on Sunday.

 

With a win, the Seminoles (23-6, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) would not only finish undefeated on the road for the first time in program history but they would also secure at least a tie for the regular-season ACC title – another program first.

 

A victory would also tie head coach Sue Semrau’s career high for victories in a season and would propel the Seminoles into next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

 

Tip-off for Sunday’s game at Lawrence Joel Coliseum is slated for 3 p.m.

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THE FLORIDA STATE-WAKE FOREST SERIES

The Seminoles own a 20-14 all-time lead over Wake Forest in the series history between the two programs. FSU has built that advantage thanks to a current winning streak over the Demon Deacons that extends 11-straight ball games. In fact, Florida State has earned a victory over Wake Forest in 16 of the last 20 meetings.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. WAKE FOREST……… 20-14

1991-92……… w……………… 86-83………………… (A)

………………….. L……………… 64-67………………… (H)

1992-93………. L……………… 53-57………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 77-73………………… (H)

1993-94……… W……………… 66-60………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 79-82………………… (A)

1994-95……… W……………… 68-61………………… (A)

………………….. L……………… 61-66………………… (H)

1995-96………. L……………… 71-88………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 52-54………………… (A)

1996-97………. L……………… 68-79………………… (A)

………………….. L……………… 59-63………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 59-70………………… (N)

1997-98……… W……………… 64-63………………… (H)

…………………. W……………… 63-56………………… (A)

1998-99……… W……………… 80-57………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 68-80………………… (A)

1999-2000…… L……………… 59-64………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 76-47………………… (H)

2000-01………. L……………… 69-79………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 73-61………………… (H)

2001-02………. L……………… 73-77………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 63-56………………… (H)

2002-03……… W……………… 63-61………………… (A)

…………………. W………….. 62-60(3OT)…………….. (H)

2003-04……… W……………… 81-73………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 67-54………………… (H)

2004-05……… W……………… 71-69………………… (A)

2005-06……… W……………… 70-57………………… (H)

2006-07……… W……………… 74-57………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 70-53………………… (N)
2007-08……… W……………… 80-54………………… (H)

…………………. W……………… 57-52………………… (N)

 

LAST SEASON AGAINST WAKE FOREST

Florida State played Wake Forest twice last season and earned victories in both of those contests.  In the first meeting, FSU beat the Demon Deacons 80-54 thanks in large part to guard Mara Freshour’s 18 points. Jacinta Monroe and Alysha Harvin also added 12 and 14 points, respectively. The second matchup between the two occurred in the first round of the ACC Tournament where the Seminoles won 57-52. In that game, guard Tanae Davis-Cain led all players with 17 points.

 

Scouting WAKE FOREST

FSU……………………………. PER GAME……………………………. WF

70.6……………………………….. POINTS……………………………… 66.5

.421 ………………………………… FG%………………………………… .381

.382……………………………….. 3 FG%………………………………. .302

.674…………………………………. FT%………………………………… .671

41.1……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 38.1

13.4………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 14.5

18.5…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 16.9

8.6…………………………………. STEALS……………………………… 12.6

4.8………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 2.6

 

HIGHEST RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY

With each and every week, the Seminoles continue to climb the rankings.  Florida State’s ranking of No. 11 in this week’s Associated Press poll, and No. 12 in this week’s USA TODAY/ESPN Poll, are the highest rankings in program history.  FSU has spent eight weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and six currently), which is also a program record.

 

202 AND SHE’s JUST GETTING STARTED

In her 12th season at the helm of the Florida State women’s basketball program, head coach Sue Semrau earned career win No. 200 in FSU’s Feb. 13 game; a thrilling 77-70 defeat of No. 8 North Carolina. Semrau is already used to making a little magic happen at FSU as she became the program’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record after falling to Virginia is 202-158.

 

SEMINOLES IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALES

Under head coach Sue Semrau, Florida State is 4-7 in regular-season finales. Two of those victories have come against Wake Forest.

 

ONLY ONE MORE TO GO IN UNDEFEATED QUEST

By defeating Clemson in its own gym, FSU moved to a perfect 9-0 in true road games this season. The Seminoles have never finished undefeated in road games during a season and have just one more to go before the ACC Tournament as they play at Wake Forest on Sunday. Florida State and No. 1-ranked UConn are the only women’s basketball teams in the country that are undefeated on the road.

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD FOR ACC WINS

By defeating Miami, FSU earned Atlantic Coast Conference win No. 11 of the season, which is 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, FSU’s most ACC wins in a season were eight and the Seminoles had never had a season above .500 in ACC play.  Semrau has now led the Seminoles to five winning seasons in ACC play.

 

FIRST EVER LEAGUE TITLE STILL IN SIGHT

At tied for first place in the ACC, the Seminoles have the chance to do something they have never done before: earn a regular season league title. By defeating Wake Forest, FSU could do no worse than share the regular-season league crown. If Maryland were to drop a game before the season ends and FSU beats the Demon Deacons, the Seminoles would claim the title outright.  Florida State was picked to finish 5th in the preseason poll.

 

A REGULAR SEASON GAME IN MARCH?

Sunday’s game against Wake Forest is a rarity of sorts as it is a regular-season game played in the month of March. The matchup with the Demon Deacons will mark just the third time in the Sue Semrau era that the Seminoles will play a non-tournament game in March and the team is 1-1 in those types of ballgames.

 

WIN OVER WAKE FOREST TIES SEMRAU’S SEASON-HIGH

With 23 victories this season, a win over Wake Forest Sunday would tie head coach Sue Semrau’s career high of 24 wins in a single season. Twice in her 12-year tenure the Seminoles have earned 24 victories after finishing with a 24-8 record during the 2004-05 season and a 24-10 record in 2006-07. The all-time program record for most wins in a season is 28 as the 1981-82 squad completed its season with a mark of 28-10 overall.

 

SEMINOLES VS. TEAMS FROM NORTH CAROLINA

Florida State is undefeated this year against teams from North Carolina – Duke, NC State and UNC and will finish the regular season at Wake Forest. The Seminoles have already earned a win at NC State and at home against No. 3 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina.  FSU has actually defeated all four teams in one season once before as that happened during the 2000-01 season.

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD FOR ATTENDANCE

Despite coming away with a loss, the Florida State women’s basketball team set a new standard for attendance in the final home game of the season against Virginia. Breaking the previous school record for attendance of 6,309 fans that attended the win over North Carolina just a short time ago, 6,419 Seminoles packed the Donald L. Tucker Center on Senior Night 2009.

 

MORE ON THE HOME ATTENDANCE

The 2008-09 season marked the first time in FSU women’s basketball history that the total attendance for each home game reached over 40,000 spectators.

 

WARD TIES CAREER HIGH FOR POINTS

Courtney Ward scored 18 points against Virginia Tuesday night, tying the career-high 18 she scored against the Cavaliers earlier this season.

 

HARVIN ALSO POSTS A CAREER HIGH

Junior forward Alysha Harvin was all over the place in the game against Virginia. The Dania, Fla., finished the game with a new career high in steals with six. Her previous career-best for steals were the five takeaways she garnered in a win over Alabama State over two years ago.

 

MAKE THAT THREE WITH A CAREER HIGH

True freshman center Cierra Bravard also made her presence felt on the defensive end as she posted a career-high four blocks against Virginia. Her previous high was the three swats she had against Virginia Tech on Jan. 8.

 

MONROE GETTING CLOSER TO ANOTHER RECORD

Jacinta Monroe has already become the all-time blocks leader in program history and now she is closing in on another mark. With her four blocks against the Cavaliers, Monroe is now just six shy of tying former Seminole Brooke Wyckoff’s school record for blocks in a season with 80.

 

NOT HERSELF ON THE OFFENSIVE END

Despite swatting shots left and right against Virginia, Jacinta Monroe struggled on the offensive end as she was just 3-for-8 from the field for six points. Tuesday’s offensive output marked just the seventh time all season that FSU’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker was held to single digits in the scoring column.

 

JUST 2ND LOSS OF YEAR WHEN LEADING AT HALF

The outcome against Virginia marked just the second time all season that the Seminoles lost a game in which they were in the lead at halftime. The only other time this season that FSU boasted an advantage at intermission but still lost occurred in the game against Maryland. Florida State has led at the break in 20 games this season and is 18-2 in those contests.

 

FIRST TO SHOOT UNDER 40 PERCENT AND WIN

Florida State entered the game against Virginia a perfect 17-0 on the season in games where the team holds its opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers became the first team to break that trend after shooting just 36.9 percent against the Seminoles and still coming away with the win.

 

DOUBLE-DIGIT STEALS: FSU NOW 9-1

FSU’s loss to Virginia marked the first time all season that the team didn’t earn a win despite achieving double-digit steals. The Seminoles are now 9-1 in games where they accrue at least 10 steals.

 

OUTREBOUNDED FOR EIGHTH TIME

By outrebounding FSU 45-31, Virginia became just the eighth team all season to earn more boards than the Seminoles. FSU is now 4-4 in games in which it is outrebounded.

 

WIN OVER RANKED UVA WOULD HAVE SET A RECORD

By defeating No. 7/8 North Carolina, the Seminoles tied the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five and a victory over No. 21/22 Virginia would have set the new standard at six. The last time that the Seminoles had this many wins over ranked teams occurred during the 1992-93 season. FSU has also earned victories this year over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 25 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Virginia, and No. 3 Duke.

 

FRESHOUR MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND

By suiting up and playing for the Seminoles Tuesday night, senior guard Mara Freshour moved into a tie for second-place all-time with Alicia Gladden for most games played in an FSU career. Freshour has played 126 career games and Glenda Stokes’ all-time record is 130 contests in a Florida State uniform. Fellow senior Tanae Davis-Cain has also officially moved inside the top 10 in this category.

 

Career Games Played

Career Record:             1. Glenda Stokes         130

                                    2. Alicia Gladden           126

                                        Mara Freshour        126

                                    3. LeeVayne Oliver       122

                                        Holly Johnson           122

                                    5. Shante Williams       121

                                    6. Sue Galkantas          120

                                        Ganiyat Adeduntan   120

                                    8. Danielle Ryan           117

                                    9. Tia Paschal               116

                                        LaQuinta Neely         116

                                       Tanae Davis-Cain    116

 

FSU AGAINST RANKED FOES

The Seminoles had achieved four-straight victories against top 25 opponents before the loss to No. 8 Maryland. The Seminoles beat No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke, and No. 24 Georgia Tech at home, but also beat No. 14 Virginia on the road in Charlottesville, Va. That victory marked the first time since 2005 that the Seminoles had beaten a ranked opponent in a true road game. In that season, Florida State defeated No. 23 Virginia Tech 81-78 in double overtime.  Florida State is now 5-3 on the season against ranked opponents after falling to No. 21 Virginia on Feb. 24, with its only other losses coming against No. 1 UConn and No. 8 Maryland. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 25-146 in games played against ranked opponents. Thirteen of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.

 

DAVIS-CAIN WITHIN REACH OF FRESHOUR’S RECORD

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 63 of her three-point attempts this season, which is good enough for second all-time on the list of most triples made in a season. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 – a mark she set last year.

 

WARD MOVING UP THE ASSIST LIST

With an ACC-best 140 assists on the season, sophomore point guard Courtney Ward is now currently in fifth place in FSU single-season history for assists. The all-time single-season record in the category at FSU is 184 assists set by Shirley Silsby in the 1976-77 season.

 

Assists in a Season

FSU Record:                 1. Shirley Silsby            184

                                    2. Sheri Kaminski         155

                                    3. Shante Williams       154

                                    4. April Traylor              145

                                    5. Courtney Ward      140

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

In addition to getting her teammates involved on a regular basis, Courtney Ward is making her presence felt from behind the arc this season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 triples all season but already has 31 makes from long distance this year. Ward’s proficiency behind the three-point line has been some of the best the program has ever seen. She is currently shooting .525 (31-for-59) from behind the arc this season, and .426 (60-for-141) for her career. That would place her first on both the single-season and career lists in FSU history.

 

Season three-point FG% (min 20 made)                    

1. Courtney Ward, 2008-09…………….. .525 (29 games)

2. Robin Storey, 1988-89……………………… .475 (27 games)

3. Mara Freshour, 2007-08……………… .429 (33 games) 

Career three-point FG%

1. Courtney Ward, 2007-pres………….. .426 (62 games)

2. Robin Storey, 1987-89……………………… .414 (54 games)

3. Mara Freshour, 2005-pres…………. .390 (124 games)

 

18.5 TURNOVERS PER GAME

The Seminoles are now averaging 18.5 turnovers per game after committing 16 giveaways against Virginia. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU averaged 20+ turnovers per contest in her first three seasons. In each of her NCAA Tournament seasons, FSU has averaged no more than 18.3 turnovers per game and that was last season.

 

FSU Turnovers Per Game In Semrau Era

2008-09           18.5

2007-08           18.3     NCAA Tournament

2006-07           16.9     NCAA Tournament

2005-06           15.7     NCAA Tournament

2004-05           16.5     NCAA Tournament

2003-04           17.1

2002-03           18.5

2001-02           17.8

2000-01           17.8     NCAA Tournament

1999-00           21.6

1998-99           21.0

1997-98           24.6

 

THE DEFENSE HAS STEPPED IT UP

Florida State’s success this season can be directly attributed to their improved play on the defensive end. Compared to the 2006-07 season when the team finished the year 24-10 (10-4 in ACC) and set many new records for defense, this year’s squad has been even more impressive.

 

Category                            2006-07                    2008-09

Opp. points per game           61.3                          60.4

Opp. field goal pct.                .393                          .368

Opp. rebound avg.                34.7                          35.0

Opp. turnovers per game      17.1                          19.3

Opp. assists per game          12.6                          11.5

 

BLOCKED!

The Seminoles recorded a season-high 11 blocks in the loss to Virginia, which brings the season total to 139 in only 29 games. This already bests last year’s total of 135 rejections in 33 games. The single-season record is 166, which the Seminoles accomplished in 2006-07.  The 11 blocks ranks second all-time in the FSU single-game records.  FSU managed a school-record 12 blocks vs. Mercer all the way back in 1978.

 

MORE WINS THAN ALL OF LAST YEAR

FSU’s 23 wins this season is three more than the 19 victories the team earned all of last season. Since Sue Semrau inherited an FSU squad that was 5-22 overall – including 0-16 in the ACC in 2006-07 – she has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in the last 10 seasons including five-straight seasons of 17 or more wins.

 

SO BALANCED

Florida State’s secret weapon this season is the team’s balance… 

• Three players average 10 or more points per game and three players are averaging four or more rebounds per game. 

• Seven different Seminoles have led the team in scoring this season. 

Jacinta Monroe has led FSU in scoring in a team-high 12 games.

• On the rebounding side, seven different Seminoles have led the team on the boards at least once with Monroe again leading the way at 18 times.

• Of the returning players, four have set new career-highs in scoring and four in rebounding this season.

 

ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON

Florida State has recorded 20 or more wins in a season for the eighth time in school history and for the fourth time in the Sue Semrau era, including in four of the of the past five seasons.

 

Davis-Cain, freshour both OVER 1,000 POINTS

Senior guard Mara Freshour scored a game- and season-high 22 points against Boston College and by doing so became the 23rd player in Florida State history to reach 1,000 career points. Freshour’s accomplishment marks the second time this season an FSU player has reached that scoring plateau as fellow senior Tanae Davis-Cain hit 1,000 for her career in the game against UCF. Both Davis-Cain and Freshour are also Nos. 1 and 2 at FSU in most three-pointers made in a career.

 

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,199

Mara Freshour: 1,058

 

Career Three-Pointers

1. Tanae Davis-Cain      184

2. Mara Freshour          159

           

NEW RECORD HOLDER

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe made history against Miami on February 22nd as she officially became the all-time blocks leader in FSU women’s basketball history. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native finished the game against Miami with two blocks and now has 215 swats in her stellar career after posting four more in the loss to Virginia.  The previous record of 209 blocks was help by former Seminole standout Brooke Wyckoff who amassed the total in 109 career games.  It took Monroe just 95 games to set the record.

 

A LOOK AT THE SEMINOLE “D” IN THE ACC

Florida State has been getting it done on both ends of the floor this season in the ACC. In the 13 conference games that they have played, the Seminoles have averaged 70.5 points per game, while giving up just 62.5 points per game.

 

SHOOTING MORE TRIPLES IN ACC PLAY

Florida State has found its comfort zone behind the three-point arc. In the first 16 games of the season, the Seminoles only shot 35.4 percent from three-point range (75-for-212). Since the start of ACC play, though, FSU has shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc (84-for-204) and are making 6.5 treys per game. Last year in conference play, FSU averaged 5.1 per game.

 

FRESHOUR ON THE BOARDS

Mara Freshour has been doing an excellent job scoring in ACC games, posting 12.9 points per game. But if she or her teammates fail to convert a shot, she has been aggressive in grabbing offensive rebounds. Her 31 offensive boards in conference play gives her a 2.4 per game average, which is second on the team behind post-player Jacinta Monroe.

 

MOST WINS EVER OVER TOP-10 TEAMS

FSU has set a program record this season by beating three top-10 opponents: No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke and No. 8 UNC adds to that staggering achievement.

 

SEASON LOW IN THE FIRST HALF

Florida State couldn’t muster much offense in the first half of the ballgame against Miami on Feb. 22nd and went into the locker room tied for a season low in points in the opening 20 minutes. Against the Hurricanes, FSU had just 19 in the opening period and the team scored the same amount in the win over then-No. 3 Texas A&M earlier this season.

 

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF MAKES

After scoring a season-low 19 points in the first half against Miami, FSU came out and dropped 40 points on the Hurricanes in the second half. FSU did this by shooting a much better percentage from the field. FSU was 16.1 percent in the first half and 52.4 percent in the second half. The Seminoles also protected the ball better in period No. 2. In the first half they gave the ball away 12 times and had just five turnovers in the second period.

 

MONROE HAS 16 CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe has done it all this season. While being a blocking machine, the Fort Lauderdale native has increased her career total to 16 double-doubles. Monroe has seven this year after posting five double-doubles as a freshman and three last season during her sophomore campaign.

 

SEMINOLES 5-1 AGAINST FLA. FOES THIS YEAR

FSU is now 169-74 all-time against teams from the state of Florida and 5-1 against those teams this season. FSU has played Florida Gulf Coast, UNF, Florida, UCF and Miami twice this season.

 

59 IN A WIN AGAIN

FSU scored just 59 points in its win over Miami marking the second time this season that the Seminoles have scored 59 points in a win over an ACC opponent.  FSU has scored below 60 points just two other times this season: a 59-49 win over Georgia Tech and a 72-57 loss to Florida. Before this season, the last time the Seminoles won a game when scoring below 60 points was on March 6, 2008 in a 57-52 win over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.

 

DAVIS-CAIN BARELY LEAVES THE COURT

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain didn’t get much rest against Miami. By game’s end, the Dawson, Ga., native had played a season-high 36 minutes.

 

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

FSU’S one-point victory over Miami is now the 10th game under Sue Semrau that has been determined by the slimmest of margins and six of those have occurred in just the past three seasons. Her record in one-point games is now 7-3, with two of those losses coming against Maryland.

 

CLOSE BALL GAMES IN THE SEMRAU ERA

Jan. 8, 1998…………… W…………. 64-63…………. Wake Forest

Jan. 12, 2000…………. L………….. 68-67……………… Maryland

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