March 18, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
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.
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.
Series – Louisiana Tech leads 2-1
Last Meeting – FSU 80, La Tech 71 – March 18, 2006 (Denver, Colo.)
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
TV – ESPN2
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