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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Boasting first-place positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the No. 11/12 Florida State women’s basketball team will be looking to keep its undefeated road-record intact as it heads to Clemson for a 7 p.m. showdown on Thursday.

 

Fresh off a 77-70 victory over North Carolina in a game that gave head coach Sue Semrau her 200th career victory, the Seminoles (21-5, 9-1 ACC) take on a Clemson (13-13, 2-9) team that they beat 80-54 earlier this season. Since that Jan. 11 victory over the Tigers, FSU has won seven of eight games while Clemson has dropped seven of ten.

 

Florida State is a perfect 8-0 in games on the road this season as they take their highest ranking ever (No. 11 AP poll, No. 12 ESPN/USA Today poll) to Littlejohn Coliseum on Clemson’s campus.

 

Thursday night’s game will be broadcast by Comcast Sports Southeast as Paul Crane and Robin Muller will call all the action. FSU fans can also log on to Seminoles.com for a live game chat/blog with Sports Information Director Brandon Mellor and radio play-by-play announcer Ryan Pensy.

 

200 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 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 is 200-157.

 

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THE FSU-CU SERIES

Thursday’s matchup will be the second of the season between Florida State and Clemson and the 38th all-time between the two programs. The Tigers had FSU’s number early on in the series and have a 24-13 series advantage but the Seminoles have won 12 of the last 13 meetings after earning an 80-54 victory in this season’s first meeting on Jan. 11. Prior to FSU’s victory last month over the Tigers, the Seminoles were riding an 11-game winning streak before the Tigers earned a buzzer-beating 72-70 victory last season. Florida State is 6-11 all-time on the road against Clemson.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. CLEMSON……………. 13-24

1980-81……… L……………… 59-78………………….. (N)

1991-92……… L……………… 73-80………………….. (A)

…………………. W…………….. 79-66………………….. (H)

1992-93……… L……………… 69-84………………….. (H)

…………………. L……………… 63-70………………….. (A)

1993-94……… L……………… 26-80………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 60-75………………….. (H)

1994-95……… L……………… 68-72………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 64-67………………….. (H)

1995-96……… L……………… 74-87………………….. (H)

…………………. L……………… 53-70………………….. (A)

1996-97……… L……………… 63-74………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 47-71………………….. (H)

1997-98……… L……………… 84-87………………….. (H)

…………………. L……………… 55-85………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 68-85………………….. (N)

1998-99……… L……………… 55-77………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 67-71………………….. (H)

1999-00……… L……………… 61-73………………….. (H)

…………………. L……………… 58-75………………….. (A)

2000-01……… L……………… 66-79………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 43-56………………….. (H)

2001-02……… L……………… 70-74………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 43-56………………….. (H)

2002-03…….. W…………….. 59-57………………….. (A)

…………………. W…………….. 68-59………………….. (H)

2003-04…….. W…………….. 68-61………………….. (A)

…………………. W…………….. 65-50………………….. (H)

2004-05…….. W…………….. 68-57………………….. (A)

…………………. W…………….. 82-61………………….. (H)

2005-06…….. W…………….. 80-66………………….. (H)

…………………. W………….. 80-72(OT)……………….. (A)

2006-07…….. W…………….. 61-60………………….. (A)

…………………. W…………….. 73-57………………….. (H)

2007-08…….. W…………….. 63-39………………….. (A)

…………………. L……………… 70-72………………….. (H)

2008-09…….. W…………….. 80-54………………….. (H)

 

EARLIER THIS YEAR AGAINST THE TIGERS

The Florida State women’s basketball program earned its fifth victory in as many games when it defeated Clemson  80-54 at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 11. The Seminoles earned victories in the hustle categories as they outrebounded the Tigers 47-31, outscored them in second-chance points 26-7 and had just 14 turnovers to go along with 15 assists.  Four players scored in double figures for FSU in the game as Tanae Davis-Cain led the way with 21 points. Mara Freshour and Cierra Bravard both scored 17 points and Jacinta Monroe added 13 points.

 

Scouting CLEMSON

FSU……………………………. PER GAME…………………………….. CU

71.2……………………………….. POINTS……………………………… 65.6

.424 ………………………………… FG%………………………………… .403

.387……………………………….. 3 FG%………………………………. .302

.664…………………………………. FT%………………………………… .703

41.5……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 38.1

13.6………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 13.8

18.6…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 17.6

8.4…………………………………. STEALS………………………………… 9.9

4.6………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 4.5

 

SO BALANCED

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

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

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

Jacinta Monroe has led the team in scoring the most at 10 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 16 times.

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

   

SEMINOLES TAKE PERFECT ROAD-RECORD TO CLEMSON

By beating Miami, the Seminoles moved to 8-0 in true road games this year. In addition to winning at Miami, FSU has won at UNF, Temple, LSU, Virginia Tech, NC State, No. 14 Virginia and Boston College. After playing at Clemson, the Seminoles have just one more road game as they travel to play Wake Forest on March 1. FSU has never finished undefeated on the road in the history of the program.

 

HIGHEST RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY

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 seven weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and five currently) which is also a program record. 

 

MONROE NOW WITHIN ONE BLOCK OF SCHOOL RECORD

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe wasn’t her normal dominating self as she was battling with a very sore shoulder against the Tar Heels, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t leave her mark. FSU’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker, swatted two UNC shots and by doing so moved to within one of tying the all-time record for blocked shots in a career. Monroe now has 208 blocks in her three-year career, just shy of former Seminole Brooke Wyckoff’s record of 209. Monroe is also on the verge of setting the single-season mark also held by Wyckoff. Monroe currently has 67 blocks this year and Wyckoff’s record for a season is 80.

 

UNC’S LOWEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE OF SEASON

In the postgame press conference, North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell talked about how physical the Seminoles play and she was right because FSU earned the 77-70 win thanks in large part to a stout defense that limited the Tar Heels to just 32.3 percent shooting from the field – UNC’s lowest of the entire season.

 

NEW CAREER HIGH FOR GRAY

Junior guard Angel Gray achieved a new career high in scoring as she posted 14 points in the win over UNC. Gray’s previous career-best was the 12 points she scored in the win over Mercer on Dec. 14.

 

ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR 2ND TIME

Florida State freshman Cierra Bravard has been named this week’s ACC co-Rookie of the Week, league officials announced Monday. It is the second such honor this season for the Sandusky, Ohio native. Bravard, who came off the bench and played just 20 minutes, recorded her first double-double in ACC play, and second in her career, with 16 points and 10 rebounds – both team-highs – to help the Seminoles to a 77-70 win over visiting No. 7/8 North Carolina last Friday.

 

LARGEST WOMEN’S CROWD EVER

The Donald L. Tucker Center was rocking when North Carolina came to town and a new school record for attendance was set. In total, 6,309 fans watched as the Seminoles took down the No. 7/8 Tar Heels.

 

BRAVARD’S THIRD-BEST OFFENSIVE OUTING

True freshman Cierra Bravard scored 16 points Friday night, which is the third-highest scoring output in her young career. Bravard boasts a career high of 25 points that she scored against College of Charleston and she scored 17 points in the win over Clemson last month.

 

SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF HER CAREER, TOO

Cierra Bravard’s 16-point, 10-rebound performance marked the second time she has accrued a double-double in her career. The Sandusky, Ohio native posted 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Northern Colorado in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico in December.

 

BUMPS, BRUISES, STITCHES – SO WHAT?

Senior guard Mara Freshour wasn’t about to let a sore left side and stitched-up right eye slow her down against North Carolina. FSU’s senior leader started Friday’s game nursing a bruised left side after crashing to the hardwood late in the team’s victory over Miami. Not only that, but Freshour had to play the game with stitches just above her right eye after she caught an elbow in practice on Thursday. So, how did the Nashville, Ind., native respond? She went out and played a team-high 34 minutes, scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, and recorded two steals – that’s how.

 

GRAY’S UNLIKLELY TRIPLE PUTS FSU ON TOP FOR GOOD

Entering the game against No. 7/8 North Carolina, Angel Gray had made one three-pointer all season – a long-range jumpshot she hit way back in the Seminoles’ first game of the season in a win over Florida Gulf Coast. Gray hit her second triple of the year in the contest against the Tar Heels to give the Seminoles a 9-8 lead at the game’s 15:19 mark – a lead that the Seminoles would never relinquish in the upset victory.

 

MORE ON GRAY’S CAREER HIGH

Angel Gray is known for her defense but against North Carolina she put it together on the offensive end as well. Not only was her 14 points a new career high but it also marked the first time in 15 games that the Stone Mountain, Ga., native scored in double figures.

 

MORE ON THE WIN OVER UNC…

…FSU outrebounded UNC and is now 18-2 in games when the team achieves more boards than its opponent.

…Four Seminoles scored in double figures in a game for the 12th time this season and FSU is 9-3 in those games.

…Florida State held North Carolina to just 32.3 percent shooting as the Seminoles are now 14-0 in games where they hold their opponent to under 40 percent shooting.

…FSU moved to 17-1 overall in games where the team leads at halftime after the Seminoles boasted a 32-24 lead at intermission.

…The starting lineup of Mara Freshour, Courtney Ward, Tanae Davis-Cain, Jacinta Monroe and Alysha Harvin is now 10-1 overall this year.

 

FRESHOUR RECEIVES ACADEMIC HONOR

While she continues to help guide her team to one of the best seasons in program history, Florida State senior guard Mara Freshour is keeping the same on-court focus and determination going in the classroom. For the second year in a row, Freshour was recently named a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Second-Team selection. Boasting a 3.65 grade point average, Freshour is the first two-time recipient to receive this recognition.

 

FSU TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR RANKED WINS

By defeating No. 7/8 North Carolina, the Seminoles have tied the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five. 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.

 

ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON

Florida State has now 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.

 

IMPROVEMENT IN THE ACC

By beating the Tar Heels, FSU earned conference win No. 9 of the season. The Seminoles have earned more ACC victories this year than they did all of last year when they finished 7-7 in league play. Under head coach Sue Semrau, FSU has now recorded nine or more conference wins four times, which are the only times in program history.

 

BEST START EVER IN THE CONFERENCE

Florida State’s 9-1 league record is its best start ever in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The school record for best ACC record at season’s end is 10-4 as the Seminoles have achieved that record twice in program history – both in the Sue Semrau era.

 

SECOND FASTEST TO 21, FASTEST TO 9 IN ACC

By moving to 21-5 overall and 9-1 in the conference on Feb. 13, FSU set a new school record (by date) for fastest ever in program history to reach nine wins in league play. Victory No. 21 overall wasn’t the fastest by date but it was close. The school record for fastest to 21 happened during the 1982-83 season when FSU tallied that win total on Feb. 12 in a victory iover Florida International. The Seminoles’ 21 wins on Feb. 13 is tied for second fastest all-time as the 2004-05 squad reached 21 wins on the exact same date in a victory over Wake Forest.

MORE WINS THAN ALL OF LAST YEAR

FSU’s 21 wins this season is two 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. 

 

WARD MOVING UP THE ASSIST LIST

With 123 assists on the season, sophomore point guard Courtney Ward is just two away from moving into a tie for ninth place on the single-season list for assists in a season. Rose Harper (1979-80), Sunnie O’Neil (1979-80) and Shante Williams (2007-08) are all in ninth place with 125 assists. The all-time single-season record in the category at FSU is 184 assists set by Shirley Silsby in the 1976-77 season.

 

ADDING ON TO A RECORD

FSU has already set the school record for most wins over a top-10 opponent in a season by beating No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 3 Duke. The win over No. 8 UNC adds to that staggering achievement.

 

COACH SUE AND SAMARITAN’S FEET

In 2003, the organization Samaritan’s Feet was started with the goal to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million impoverished people in 10 years and Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau wanted to help the cause. When the Seminoles hosted UNC, Semrau and members of her staff coached the game in their bare feet to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet. There have been many men’s basketball coaches involved in the project.  IUPUI men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter has coached barefoot in a game two-straight seasons.  Semrau is one of the first female coaches to get involved in the project and 242 pairs of new shoes were collected.

 

A VISIT FROM DAMIEN HORNE

National recording artist Damien Horne attended FSU’s game against UNC. Horne’s song, “She Can Play” is the official tune for women’s basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Horne has been traveling throughout the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and making appearances at various ACC women’s basketball games.  FSU players had already met Horne before he came to Tallahassee as he serenaded them following the Seminoles’ win at Miami.

 

SEMINOLES VS. TOBACCO ROAD

Florida State is still undefeated this year against the “Tobacco Road” teams of North Carolina – Duke, NC State and UN and still has to face Wake Forest. The Seminoles have already earned a win at NC State and at home against No. 3 Duke and are now 3-0 against these teams after beaing the Tar Heels. FSU will attempt to stay undefeated against these talented teams when they close out the 2008-09 regular season with a trip to play at Wake Forest on March 1. FSU has actually defeated all four teams in one season  once before during the  2000-01 season.

 

OVER 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 5-2 on the season against ranked opponents, with its only losses coming against No. 1 UConn and No. 8 Maryland. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 25-145 in games played against ranked opponents after taking down No. 8 UNC. Thirteen of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.

 

DAVIS-CAIN HAS 58 THREE-POINTERS THIS YEAR

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 58 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.

 

FRESHOUR CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE LIST

Senior guard Mara Freshour continues to move up the list in the career games-played department. The Nashville, Ind., native is now in sole position of third place all-time in program history with 123 games played in her career.

 

Career Games Played

Career Record:             1. Glenda Stokes          130

                                    2. Alicia Gladden           126

                                    3. Mara Freshour        123

 

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 10 conference games that they have played, the Seminoles have averaged 71.9 points per game, while giving up just 62.9 points per game. Those both rank No. 4 in the ACC, and FSU is the only team to rank in the top 4 in both categories.

 

18.6 TURNOVERS PER GAME

The Seminoles are now averaging 18.6 turnovers per game after committing 22 giveaways against UNC. 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           18.6

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

 

Davis-Cain, freshour both at 1,000

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: 1,158

Mara Freshour: 1,029

 

Career Three-Pointers

1. Tanae Davis-Cain      179

2. Mara Freshour          156

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

Despite not hitting a three-pointer in the win over North Carolina, Courtney Ward is still 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 27 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 .519 (27-for-52) from behind the arc this season, and .418 (56-for-134) for her career. That would place her at the top of the all-time career and single-season three-point percentage ranks in FSU history.

 

Season three-point FG% (min 20 made)                    

1. Courtney Ward, 2008-09…………….. .519 (26 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………….. .418 (59 games)

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

3. Mara Freshour, 2005-pres            .390 (121 games)

 

SEMINOLES GO 4-1 AGAINST IN-STATE FOES THIS YEAR

FSU is now 168-74 all-time against teams from the state of Florida. FSU has played Florida Gulf Coast, UNF,  Florida, UCF and Miami this year and went 4-1 in those games.

 

MONROE, HARVIN REACH DOUBLE DIGITS at “home”

Junior forwards Alysha Harvin (Dania, Fla.) and Jacinta Monroe (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are both from the Miami area and didn’t disappoint when playing in front of friends and family in the game at Miami. Harvin finished the game with a team second-best 13 points and tied her career high with two blocks. Monroe scored 10 points and added two blocks and seven rebounds in the winning effort.

 

BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS

Head coach Sue Semrau went back to her most familiar lineup against Miami after switching things up against Boston College. Against the Eagles, true freshman Cierra Bravard started in place of junior Alysha Harvin while starters Jacinta Monroe, Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Courtney Ward remained the same. But against Miami, Semrau inserted Harvin back into the lineup in place of Bravard. That group of starters with Harvin in the lineup is now 10-1 while the group with Bravard boasts a 4-1 record.

 

JUST RIGHT FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE

The Seminoles shot less than 40 percent from the field against Miami but sure made it count from the free-throw line in that game. By connecting on 19 of their 21 free-throw attempts – including a perfect 12-for-12 in the second half – the Seminoles finished the game shooting a season-high 90.5-percent from the charity stripe.  The last time FSU shot better than 90 percent in a game was in the 2004-05 season.  The Seminoles shot 93.3 percent (14-for-15) vs. Clemson on Feb. 9, 2005 and also at Montana on Dec. 29, 2004.

 

SHOOTING MORE THREE-POINTERS IN ACC PLAY

Florida State has recently 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 3-point range (75-for-212). Since the start of ACC play, though, FSU has shot 42.9 percent from behind the arc (70-for-163) and are making 7.0 three-pointers per game. Last year in conference play, FSU averaged 5.1 three-pointers per game.

 

FRESHOUR ON THE BOARDS

Mara Freshour has been doing an excellent job scoring in ACC games, posting 13.9 points per game. But if she or her teammates fail to convert a shot, she has been aggressive in grabbing offensive rebounds. Her 29 offensive boards in conference play gives her a 3.3 per game average, which is second on the team behind post-player Jacinta Monroe.

 

WARD WITH THE ASSIST

Courtney Ward has been spreading the wealth around this season. She has 123 assists on the season in 26 games, after dishing out 102 assists in 2007-08 while playing in 33 games. She also holds the two top assist games in conference play with her 10 assist performance against Duke and her nine assists against Georgia Tech.  Last year’s leader in assists was Shante Williams with 125 on the season.

 

BRAVARD SHOOTS A HIGH PERCENTAGE

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has had a terrific rookie season so far as the Sandusky, Ohio native is fourth on the team with 10.1 ppg and has started 15 games. Bravard, who has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors twice this year, is on pace to put her name in the FSU record books, too. Bravard ranks tied for sixth all-time in field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 94-for-165 on the season for a mark of .570.

 

SEASON-HIGH FOR “FRESH”

Senior guard Mara Freshour’s 22 points in the win over Boston College was her most of the season. Her previous high this year was the 21 she scored in the win over No. 3 Duke.

 

60 PERCENT FROM BEHIND THE ARC!

FSU’s 60 percent shooting from three-point range against Boston College was its highest of the season. The previous high this year was the 56.3-percent that the Seminoles registered in the loss to No. 1 UConn in the Caribbean Classic.

 

STREAK STOPPED

Entering the matchup with No. 8 Maryland, FSU was one of the hottest teams in the United States as the Seminoles had rattled off nine-straight wins and were a perfect 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. But against the Terrapins that winning streak came to an end when Maryland guard Kristi Toliver hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 72-71 victory.  The nine-game winning streak ranks as one of Florida State’s longest streaks in program history.  In 2004-05, the Seminoles opened the season with 12-straight victories – a program best.  In the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1990-91 seasons, FSU recorded 10-game winning streaks.

 

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

The Seminoles’ loss to Maryland sure must have felt strange to the players seeing as it had been over a month since their last loss. The last time that FSU came away with an “L” was in Cancun, Mexico way back on Dec. 21 to the undisputed No. 1 team in the country, UConn. The last time that the Seminoles had lost in the United States was even further back as that occurred on Nov. 29 when Valparaiso earned an upset in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

 

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

FSU’S one-point loss to No. 8 Maryland is now the ninth game under Sue Semrau that has been determined by the slimmest of margins and five of those have occurred in just the past three seasons. Her record in one-point games is now 6-3, 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

Jan. 5, 2001…………… W…………. 66-65………… Georgia Tech

Dec. 19, 2001………… W…………. 62-61………………… Indiana

Jan. 18, 2007…………. W…………. 61-60……………… Clemson 

Dec. 27, 2007………… W…………. 52-51………………. Samford

Feb. 28, 2008………… W…………. 50-49………………….. Miami

March 24, 2008………. L………. 73-72(OT)…. Oklahoma State

Feb. 2, 2009…………… L………….. 72-71……………… Maryland

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD STOPS AT SIX

Before being stunned by Maryland, FSU’s victory over No. 3 Duke earned the program its first-ever six-game winning streak in ACC play.

 

GOING DOWNTOWN vs. virginia and maryland

Florida State connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers in the Virginia win and then made that many again in the loss to Maryland. FSU has now made more three-pointers than its opponents in 13 games this year. The 10 three-pointers in two games this year is the most by FSU since the Seminoles hit 10 triples vs. Clemson back in the 2004-05 season on February 9, 2005.  The Seminoles hit 10 triples in a game twice that year with 10 vs. Miami-Ohio on November 24, 2004.  FSU made nine three-pointers in five different games last season on its way to a program-best 182 triples.

 

COURTNEY’S CAREER NIGHT

Courtney Ward had a career night against the No. 3 Blue Devils. While leading the team with a career-high 42 minutes played, she scored 11 points and added a career-high 10 assists, marking the first double-double of her career. Ward’s 10 assists marked the first time a Seminole registered double digits assists since Dec. 16, 2007 when Shante Williams had 13 assists in a home win against Alabama State.

 

LIGHTING IT UP

Duke, which had a defense that led the ACC and was ranked seventh nationally in allowing just 52.9 points per game this season, had its hands full against the Seminoles as FSU lit up the scoreboard for 82 points – including 14 points in the overtime session. Duke hadn’t given up that many points in a loss since falling to North Carolina 82-51 on March 2, 2008. This also marks the first overtime loss for the Blue Devils since losing to Maryland 78-75 in the 2006 National Championship game (April 4).

 

PERFECTO!

With the win against Duke, Sue Semrau became perfect for the month of January for the first time in her career with a 7-0 record. This comes against arguably the hardest competition she’s faced during that month. The Seminoles had home wins against No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke (OT), No. 24 Georgia Tech and Clemson. They also had three tough road victories against No. 14 Virginia, Virginia Tech, and NC State. Her previous best January was in the 2006-07 season when she led FSU to a 6-2 mark.

 

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