March 29, 2010
After advancing to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history the Seminoles have their sights set on making even more history Tuesday when they take on No. 1 Connecticut and its 75-game winning streak.
The Seminoles are coming off their second-straight win by three points or less and improved to 4-0 on the season in tight contests.
FSU picked up its traditional balanced scoring against Mississippi State as five different players reached double figures for the fifth time this season and have had at least four scorers in double digits 18 times in 2009-10.
The Seminoles shot above 50 percent for the eighth time this season against MSU and has now shot above 50 percent in three of the last six games.
FSU and UConn met once already this season as the Huskies claimed a 78-59 victory in Tallahassee. The Seminoles held the second-largest lead of any team against Connecticut this season as FSU held a 5-point margin early in the contest.
Series – Connecticut leads 5-0
Last Meeting – UCONN 78, at FSU 59; December 28, 2009
Florida State – Sue Semrau, 13th year
Career Record – 212-164
At Florida State – Same
Connecticut – Geno Auriemma, 25th year
Career Record – 732-122
At Connecticut Same
In the Rankings
Florida State – AP – 11; Coaches – 11
Connecticut – AP – 1; Coaches – 1
On the Air
Radio – WFLA 100.7 FM Seminoles.com
Talent – Ryan Pensy, Melissa Bruner
TV – ESPN
Talent – Bob Wischusen, Stephanie White and Rebecca Lobo
The Huskies won their 75th consecutive game Sunday with a 74-36 win over No. 4 seed Iowa State, the third straight win in the NCAA Tournament by at least 30 points.
National Player of the Year candidates Maya Moore and Tina Charles lead UConn with 18.3 points per game on the year.
Moore is averaging 21.7 points per game in the NCAA Tournament, while Charles is pouring in 16.7 points per game and has pulled down 8.0 rebounds per game.
The Huskies are shooting the lights out during the tournament hitting 53.2 percent of their shots from the field and 54.2 percent from behind the arc. Their opponents have not fared nearly as well shooting below 25 percent in both categories.
UConn has beaten the Seminoles twice during its 75-game winning streak an 83-71 win in 2008 and a 78-59 win in 2009. The 19-point win over the Seminoles was the fifth-closest game the Huskies have played this year.
Last Time Out
The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history with their 74-71 regional semifinal win over No. 7 seed Mississippi State.
Five different Seminoles hit double-figures in points for the fifth time this season led by senior Alysha Harvin who poured in 21 points. Joining Harvin in double-figures was Courtney Ward (14), Jacinta Monroe (11), Cierra Bravard (10) and Alexa Deluzio (10).
FSU shot above 50 percent against the Lady Bulldogs, including 53.6 percent in the second half.
With 1:40 to play in the game Alysha Harvin connected on a pair of free throws to put the Seminoles up 68-66, just the third lead for FSU in the second half.
FSU shot 90 percent from the line in the 2nd half.
The Seminoles In The NCAA Tournament
FSU is 9-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament having earned a bid to the big dance the last six seasons.
Under head coach Sue Semrau the Seminoles are 8-6 winning every opening round contest that they have been a part of.
FSU opened the 2009 tournament with an 83-71 win over No. 14 seed North Carolina A&T in Duluth, Ga. before No. 6 seed Arizona State pulled off the upset 63-58.
The Seminoles garnered a No. 3 seed for the second straight season marking the highest seed in school history.
FSU All-Time Tournament Seeds:
2010 #3 Dayton
2009 #3 Trenton
2008 #11 New Orleans
2007 #10 Stanford
2006 #6 San Antonio
2005 #6 Midwest
2001 #7 Midwest
1991 #5 Mideast
1990 #10 East
1983 #5 Mideast