March 6, 2009
Seminoles.com Gameday Information
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour scored 20 points each to lead No. 12 Florida State past Boston College 83-71 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Jacinta Monroe, Courtney Ward and Cierra Bravard added 10 points each for the second-seeded Seminoles (25-6), who advance to the ACC tournament semifinals for just the second time in school history, and the first since 2001.
Florida State will face either No. 8 Duke, the tournament’s third seed, or sixth-seeded Virginia on Saturday.
Carolyn Swords scored 17 points, Mickel Picco 13 and Stefanie Murphy 11 for the seventh-seeded Eagles (20-11), who have not made it past the quarterfinals in the ACC tournament since joining the league four years ago.
While Boston College had an advantage on the boards with a 41-31 rebounding edge, the Seminoles more than made up for it by shooting 47.2 percent from the field, hitting 11 of 18 3-pointers and forcing the Eagles into 19 turnovers.
Florida State, which shot better than 53 percent from the field – including 6 of 8 on 3-pointers – in racing to a 17-point halftime lead.
The Seminoles – who claimed a share (with No. 4 Maryland) of their first ACC regular-season title earlier this week – pulled away from there, building their lead to 22 points midway through the second half. Florida State improved to 5-0 overall against Boston College.
The Eagles made a brief run early in the second half, opening with a 12-4 spurt to cut the Seminoles’ lead to 49-37 on a Swords layup with 16:17 to play.
But Bravard broke the Florida State slump with her three-point play, Davis-Cain added a pair of 3-pointers and Courtney Ward added another 3 to push the Seminoles’ lead back to 63-43 with 11:55 remaining.
Florida State then took its biggest lead at 73-51 on a Monroe jumper with 7:24 to play.
Boston College managed to stay close early in the first half, pulling within one point twice – the last at 12-11 on a Swords hook shot with 14:30 left – before the Seminoles broke loose with a 19-8 run to take command.
Alysha Harvin kicked off the run with a 3-pointer from the corner with 13:59 left, and Davis-Cain kicked in two more – including a 3 with 6:33 to play – to give Florida State a 31-19 lead.
The Seminoles led 42-25 at halftime on Ward’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Sue Semrau on the game: That’s a very good Boston College team and obviously when you have someone like Carolyn Swords on your team, you have to figure out how to guard her, it’s tough. She is a tremendous talent. I think that Sylvia has done an amazing job of making them just really understand where their strengths. For us, that’s a really big win. I thought that our balance again was really critical, to have 4 kids in double figures. That’s been a staple for us throughout the year, and I think that’s the difference in our basketball team.
Mara Freshour on knocking down two three-pointers to start the game: I think anybody for any shooter or for any team when you come out and you knock down one 3, or two 3’s, it not only sets the tone for yourself, but I think it gets your team to follow right behind you.
Sue Semrau on whether or not she was surprised her team raced to an early lead: I wasn’t surprised that we were able to jump out. I felt like I was holding a horse in the stable today. It was just like, they were so anxious to play and I thought we would either come out, or hit a lot of shots or we’d throw it off the backboard. Even if you throw it off the backboard, it’s a lot better than coming out flat. I thought we would be in a great situation coming out. I was pleasantly surprised with the way he were able to defend Swords, and I thought that’s one of the reasons why they had a difficult time making a run.
Team Effort: Florida State got contributions from up-and-down the line-up, having five different players score in double digits. Seniors Mara Freshour and Tanae Davis-Cain each had 20 points, while Courtney Ward, Cierra Bravard and Jacinta Monroe each had 10 points. The five players in doubles figures is a first for the Seminoles against an ACC opponent this season.
Sue-per Coach: Earlier in the day, Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau was named ACC Coach of the Year. By defeating the Eagles, Semrau earned her most wins in a single season (25). Semrau’s previous high was 24 wins in a season accomplished twice (2004-05, 2006-07).
Fresh Start: Five minutes, 10 seconds into the game, Mara Freshour had already scored ten points. The senior guard had amounted just nine points in each of the team’s previous three contests.
Wire-to-wire: In a game fully dominated by the Seminoles, Boston College was never able to take a lead throughout the game. The 3-pointer by Florida State’s Mara Freshour a sixty-six seconds into the game gave the team a lead which they would hold onto for the remainder of the contest.
Offensive Eruption: Florida State’s 42 first half points are the third most in a first half by the team this season. The high of 45 first half points came against Temple on December 7 and against Clemson on January 11.
Series Perfection: The Seminoles are now 5-0 all time against the Boston College Eagles with an average margin of victory of 11.8 points.
Perfect Away from Home: Florida State improved to 8-0 in ACC play when playing away from the friendly confines of the Tucker Center.
Halftime Lead: Florida State improved to 20-2 when leading the game at the half. Florida State led the Eagles at the half, 42-25.
Success from Beyond the Arc: Tanae Davis-Cain’s four three-pointers in the game against Boston College gives her the most three-pointers in a single season for the Seminoles (68). The previous mark was held by teammate Mara Freshour’s 66 treys in the 2007-2008 season.
Can I Get Some Assistance?: Courtney Ward’s 6-assist game gives her 150 for the season, which is good for 4th place on Florida State’s single season assist list.