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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State heads to the 2009 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. with a program-best No. 2 seed and will face No. 7 seed Boston College Friday at 6 p.m.

 

After wrapping up the first-ever conference championship in program history with a win over Wake Forest in the regular-season finale, the Seminoles (24-6, 12-2 ACC) will take on an Eagles (20-10, 8-7) squad that defeated Miami 76-59 Thursday night on the tournament’s opening day.

 

By defeating the Hurricanes, Boston College earned the right to play an FSU team that in the regular season tied for the league-high with 12 conference wins, achieved the highest ranking in program history, defeated three top-10 opponents and was one of just two teams in America to finish undefeated in true road games.

 

The Florida State vs. Boston College matchup will not be aired on television but instead can be viewed online at www.ACCSelect.com. Seminoles fans can also join a live game chat on the Internet at www.Seminoles.com.

 

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203 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 is 203-158.

 

ACC CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME!

For the first time in program history, the FSU women’s basketball team earned an ACC championship by defeating Wake Forest and going 12-2 on the season. The Seminoles share 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            

 

SEVEN-GAME STREAK REACHES SEVEN

FSU earned a record 12 ACC victories this 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.

 

PERFECT ON THE ROAD IN THE ACC

FSU earned a record seven ACC road wins this season by going undefeated in league road games this season.  The previous most ACC road wins was six back in the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles have had a winning ACC road record just four times since joining the league in 1991-92 and they have been in four of the last five seasons.

 

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 (24-6, 12-2 ACC) finished tied with North Carolina 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 today (March 2) by the conference office.

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 as her 13.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 2.5 bpg. Monroe finished the regular season with eight double-doubles and 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.

Freshour’s 10.4 ppg ranks third on the team and her 4.9 rpg, and 2.5 apg are both second best. She eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career this season and currently ranks in the top 25 in scoring in ACC games with an average of 12.6 ppg.

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. With 65 three-pointers made so far this year, she is now just one shy of tying Freshour’s single-season mark off 66 she set a season ago.

Davis-Cain finished the regular season with a team second-best 12.7 ppg and her 14.0 ppg in conference games is best on the team and ranks 12th overall in the conference.   

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. Monroe paced FSU with team bests in rebounds (7.8 rpg) and blocks (2.5 bpg) this year. With a team-best 76 blocks this season, Monroe became FSU’s career leader in blocks in the Miami win on February 22nd and now has 217 career blocks.  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

2005   Alicia Gladden

2006   Alicia Gladden

2007   Alicia Gladden

2009   Jacinta Monroe

 

BRAVARD NAMED TO ACC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

True freshman center Cierra Bravard was named to the All-ACC Rookie Team after starting 15 games in the regular season and playing in all 30. The Sandusky, Ohio native average a team fourth-best 9.7 ppg and finished third on the team with 4.8 rpg. Since joining the ACC in 1992, FSU has had eight players earn ACC All-Freshman team honors:

 

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

1992   Connie Robinson

1996   Latavia Coleman

1997   Brooke Wyckoff

1999   April Traylor

2004   Shante Williams

2006   Britany Miller

2007   Jacinta Monroe

2009   Cierra Bravard

 

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 last week’s Associated Press poll, and No. 12 in last week’s USA TODAY/ESPN Poll, are the highest rankings in program history.  FSU has spent nine weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and seven currently), which is also a program record.

 

FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

The Seminoles are 5-17 all-time in the ACC Tournament:

Year……… FSU Results

1992 …….. #4 UNC 81 – #5 FSU 69 

1993 …….. #2 Maryland 91 – #7 FSU 68 

1994……… #8 Wake Forest 72 – #9 FSU 57

1995 …….. #8 Maryland 72 – #9 FSU 56

1996……… #9 FSU 64 – #8 Georgia Tech 51

        ……… #1 Virginia 83 – #9 FSU 50

1997  ……. #8 Wake Forest 70 – #9 FSU 59

1998 …….. #2 Clemson 85 – #7 FSU 68

1999 …….. #1 Duke 90 – #9 FSU 57

2000……… #8 FSU 65 – #7 Maryland 60

        ……… #1 Duke 92 – #8 FSU 65

2001……… #4 FSU 83 – #5 Virginia 77

       …….. #1 Duke 72 – #4 FSU 56

2002……… #1 Duke 82, #9 FSU 66

2003……… #5 Georgia Tech 64, #4 FSU 59

2004……… #4 Maryland 62, #5 Florida State 47

2005……… #5 Virginia 71, #4 Florida State 67 (OT)

2006……… #5 NC State 64, #4 Florida State 60

2007……… #5 Florida State 70, #12 Wake Forest 53

       …….. #4 NC State 76, #5 Florida State 49

2008……… #6 Florida State 57, #11 Wake Forest 52

      ……… #3 Duke 81, #6 Florida State 57

 

A BREAKDOWN

FSU’s average points per game in ACC tourney:…. 61.3

FSU’s average points per win in ACC tourney:……. 67.8

FSU’s average points per loss in ACC tourney:…… 59.4

FSU’s average points given up in ACC tourney: ….. 72.8

• FSU has never played B. College, Miami or Virginia Tech in the ACC tourney.

• With five games, FSU has played Duke the most times in the ACC tourney.

 

20+ WINS YET AGAIN

Since 1973-74 when season records were kept, Florida State has recorded eight 20-win seasons, including four of the last five seasons, and only Sue Semrau has led a team to this feat more than twice and she’s done so four times.

 

FSU’S 20-WIN SEASONS:

1981-82        28-10  Jan Dykehouse-Allen

1982-83        24-6    Jan Dykehouse-Allen

1989-90        21-9    Marynell Meadors

1990-91        25-7    Marynell Meadors

2004-05        24-8    Sue Semrau

2005-06        20-10  Sue Semrau

2006-07        24-10  Sue Semrau

2008-09        24-6    Sue Semrau

 

UNBLEMISHED ON THE ROAD IN “AWAY” GAMES

It’s not easy to win on the road but don’t tell that to FSU. For the first time ever, the Seminoles finished with a perfect record in road games by going 10-0. Florida State and No. 1-ranked UConn are the only women’s basketball teams in the country that finished undefeated on the road on an opponent’s court.

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD FOR ACC WINS

Florida State’s 12 ACC wins this year 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.

 

THAT TIES COACH SEMRAU’S SEASON HIGH

By defeating Wake Forest, FSU tied 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 occurred in 1981-82 when the FSU squad completed its season with a mark of 28-10 overall.

 

THE FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI SERIES

The in-state rivalry between the Seminoles and Hurricanes dates back to the 1974-75 season when FSU earned a 59-45 victory on a neutral court. That win would prove to be a sign of good things to come as Florida State now boasts a 28-7 all-time record over Miami – including a 9-1 mark since the Hurricanes joined the ACC. Florida State has won seight straight over the Hurricanes and 13 of the last 14.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. MIAMI……………………… 28-7

1974-75…………… W……………… 59-45…………. (N)

1977-78…………… W……………… 66-56…………. (N)

1978-79…………… W……………… 73-57…………. (N)

…………………….. W……………… 74-64…………. (A)

…………………….. W……………… 79-53…………. (H)

1979-80…………… W……………… 82-64…………. (H)

…………………….. W……………… 93-74…………. (A)

…………………….. W……………… 72-61…………. (N)

1980-81…………… W……………… 87-73…………. (H)

…………………….. W……………… 62-55…………. (A)

……………………… L ……………… 70-79…………. (N)

1981-82…………… W……………… 77-74…………. (A)

…………………….. W……………… 66-52…………. (H)

…………………….. W……………… 84-80…………. (N)

1983-84…………… W……………… 76-64…………. (N)

1984-85……………. L………………. 65-79…………. (A)

……………………… L………………. 67-74…………. (H)

1986-87…………… W……………… 75-74…………. (A)

……………………… L………………. 73-80…………. (H)

1988-89……………. L………………. 85-96…………. (N)

……………………… L………………. 79-88…………. (A)

1989-90…………… W……………… 95-66…………. (H)

1990-91…………… W……………… 76-62…………. (A)

1991-92…………… W……………… 71-69…………. (H)

1992-93…………… W……………… 64-61…………. (A)

2004-05…………… W……………… 65-56…………. (H)

……………………… L………………. 57-62…………. (A)

2005-06…………… W……………… 79-54…………. (A)

…………………….. W……………… 68-61…………. (H)

2006-07…………… W……………… 71-62…………. (H)

…………………….. W……………… 75-68…………. (A)

2007-08…………… W…………… 75-70(OT)………. (A)

…………………….. W……………… 50-49…………. (H)

2008-09…………… W……………… 75-59…………. (A)

…………………….. W……………… 59-58…………. (H)

 

THE FSU-BC SERIES

Florida State and Boston College have a brief history and FSU boasts a 4-0 record all-time against the Eagles. The Seminoles earned a 64-53 in the Feb. 5 meeting between the two teams this season.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. BOSTON COLLEGE.. 4-0

2005-06…… W…………. 71-60……………… (H)

2006-07…… W…………. 72-53……………… (A)

2007-08…… W…………. 71-65……………… (H)

2008-09…… W…………. 64-53……………… (A)

 

SCOUTING THE HURRICANES AND EAGLES

PER GAME………………. FSU……………….. UM……………….. BC

POINTS……………………. 70.2……………… 65.9……………… 70.5

FG%……………………….. .419……………… .399……………… .450

3 FG%…………………….. .376……………… .279……………… .339

FT%……………………….. .669……………… .637……………… .692

REBOUNDS………………. 41.2……………… 37.8……………… 41.0

ASSISTS………………….. 13.4……………… 15.2……………… 16.9

TURNOVERS……………… 18.6……………… 16.7……………… 19.7

STEALS…………………….. 8.7………………. 11.2……………….. 7.5

BLOCKS……………………. 4.8……………….. 4.7………………… 3.6

 

SCORING DROP-OFF?

Florida State went 5-2 this season when scoring 60 or fewer points in a game, including the Seminoles’ last two wins.  Over the last three games, the Seminoles are scoring just 60.0 points per game which is down from the season average of 70.2 points per game.  FSU has also held its’ opponents offensively, giving up just 57.6 points the last three games compared to the 60.0 ppg this season.  In FSU’s last eight games (6-2), FSU averaged 72.4 ppg in the first five compared to just 60.0 ppg in the last three games.

 

WE’LL TAKE CHARITY!

Florida State has attempted 182 more free throws than its opponents this season on the way to 707 free throw attempts on the year.  In the last game alone, the Seminoles attempted 24 more free throws than Wake Forest and has recorded more free throw attempts than their opponents in 20 games this season.  There are only two other seasons since FSU joined the ACC in 1991-92 that the Seminoles have recorded more free throw attempts and those were in 1991-92 (713) and 2000-01 (711).    This season, FSU has attempted 30+ free throws five times, including four of the last five games and is averaging 23.6 free throw attempts on the year.

 

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 game-high two blocks against Wake Forest for 76 swats on the season, Monroe is now just four shy of tying former Seminole Brooke Wyckoff’s school record for blocks in a season with 80.

 

ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE, TOO

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 eight this year after her 21-point, 10-rebound performance against Wake Forest. She posted five double-doubles as a freshman and three last season during her sophomore campaign.

 

MAKING THE MOST OF HER TIME

Cayla Moore has been making her presence felt on the floor despite only playing 9.4 minutes per game. Her 39 offensive rebounds have extended many FSU possessions, and that total places her fifth on the team.

 

DAVIS-CAIN TIES HER CAREER HIGH

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain tied her career high for rebounds in a game with nine in the win over Wake Forest.

 

WARD MOVING UP THE ASSIST LIST

With an ACC-best 144 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    144

 

DAVIS-CAIN WITHIN REACH OF FRESHOUR’S RECORD

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 65 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.

 

DAVIS-CAIN CLOSE TO BREAKING HER OWN RECORD

Two years ago, senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain set a new Seminole record by taking 181 three-point attempts in a season. This year, the Dawson, Ga., native is on the verge of breaking that record as she heads to the ACC Tournament with 178 three-point attempts this season, which is already the second-most of all-time.

 

FRESHOUR NOW SECOND ALL-TIME IN GAMES PLAYED

By suiting up and playing for the Seminoles in the game against Wake Forest, senior guard Mara Freshour moved into sole possession of second place for most games played in an FSU career. Freshour has played 127 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.

 

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