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Noles Prepared For La Tech

March 18, 2010

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The Florida State women’s basketball team will open up the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when the No. 3 seeded Seminoles take on No. 14 seeded Louisiana Tech.



#3 Florida State (26-5)(12-2) vs. #14 Louisiana Tech (23-8)(11-5)

Saturday, March 19th, 2010 (2:30 p.m. EST)

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 Stats Comparison FSU LaTech
 Points Per Game 74.7 74.3
 Scoring Margin + 15.3 + 9.9
 FG Percentage .447 .434
 3P Percentage .388 .316
 FT Percentage .710 .685
 Rebounds Per Game 41.9 44.6
 Rebound Margin + 7.3 + 6.4
 Assists Per Game 15.7 14.5
 Turnovers Per Game 19.1 17.1
 Steals Per Game 8.8 7.1
 Blocks Per Game 4.2 3.7


 Florida State
Stat Leaders
 Louisiana Tech
 J. Monroe 13.0 Points PG 17.6
 S. Dowdell
 J. Monroe 229 Rebounds 386
 S. Dowdell
 C. Ward 173 Assists 119
 J. Bendolph
 C. Ward 66 Steals 40
 A. Johnson
 J. Monroe 65 Blocks 48
 A. Johnson

The Seminoles will look to bounce back from a 67-60 ACC quarterfinal loss to Boston College that snapped FSU’s 8-game winning streak. The 8-game winning streak was the second-longest of the year for the Noles who opened the season 11-0.

The Lady Techsters enter the tournament after capturing the WAC tournament title and posting a 23-8 mark during the regular season. La Tech is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 when the Noles claimed the opening round matchup 80-71 in Denver, Colo.

The Seminoles are hosting the first and second round of the tournament for the second time since 2004 when the Tucker Center hosted the first and second round, however the Seminoles were not selected as part of the field.

FSU has won all six opening round games under head coach Sue Semrau.

The Matchup

Series – Louisiana Tech leads 2-1

Last Meeting – FSU 80, La Tech 71 – March 18, 2006 (Denver, Colo.)

The Coaches
Florida State – Sue Semrau, 13th year

Career Record – 209-164

At Florida State – Same

La Tech – Teresa Witherspoon, 2nd year

Career Record – 32-10

At Louisiana Tech – Same

In the Rankings
Florida State – AP – 11; Coaches – 11

Louisiana Tech – AP – NR; Coaches – NR

On the Air
Radio – WNLS • 1270 AM

Talent – Ryan Pensy, Melissa Bruner


Talent – Jon Sciambi, Abby Waner

Scouting Louisiana Tech

• The Lady Techsters enter the tournament on a three-game winning streak after taking all three games at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament in Reno, Nevada this past weekend to claim the title.

• Louisiana Tech entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and took down Utah State (82-65), Nevada (80-77) and top seed Fresno State (68-66) en route to the title and first NCAA appearance since 2006.

• Leading the way for La Tech is WAC Player of the Year Shanavia Dowdell who is averaging 17.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Dowdell’s 21 double-doubles lead the NCAA, while her 12.5 rebounds per game rank third in the country.

• The Lady Techsters also have another dynamic inside scorer in All-WAC First Team member Adrienne Johnson who is averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

• The pair of Lady Techster stars were also named to the WAC All-Defense Team.

Last Time Out

• The Seminoles dropped an ACC quarterfinal contest to Boston College on March 5 by a 67-60 margin.

• Senior All-ACC First Team selection Jacinta Monroe suffered an ankle injury less than four minutes into the game and did not return for the Seminoles.

• FSU shot a season-low 27.6 percent from the field (21-76), including a season-high 28 three-point attempts connecting on 4 (14.3 percent).

• The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak, the second-longest of the year for the Seminoles.

• The Seminoles committed a season-low 9 turnovers in the loss but the poor shooting did FSU in as FSU lost their first game at the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2006 when the Seminoles bowed out against NC State also in the quarterfinal round.

The Seminoles In The NCAA Tournament

• FSU is 6-9 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 5-5 winning every opening round contest that they have been a part of.

• FSU opened the 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

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