Aug. 29, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau announced the non-conference schedule for the 2011-12 season on Monday.
The Seminoles will battle 14 teams in the first two months of the season before ACC play begins at the start of 2012.
The conference portion of the schedule will be released by the ACC at a later date.
Florida State is seeking its eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Seminoles will be tested in the first part of the season by seven squads that won at least 20 games and advanced to the postseason in 2010-11.
“We have another challenging schedule lined up this season,” Semrau said. “This is a tough slate of non-conference opponents that will prepare us for ACC play and the postseason. We are excited about our great home schedule with teams like Louisville and Nebraska coming to Tallahassee. We also look forward to some great tests on the road against Ohio State, a Sweet 16 team a year ago, and Vanderbilt, who is a perennial SEC power.
“We are anxious to get back on the court and begin to build toward another fantastic season. Our fans have been a huge part of our success and we look forward to seeing lots of garnet and gold in the Tucker Center again this year.”
FSU’s non-conference schedule features six home games, five road tests and three contests on a neutral court.
The Seminoles open the 2011-12 campaign with an exhibition against Florida Southern College at 2 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Donald L. Tucker Center before starting the regular season with four consecutive games away from home.
A trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., kicks off the schedule from Nov. 11-13, as FSU participates in the WBI Tipoff Classic at the Ocean Center. Florida State faces USF on Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. before drawing Minnesota on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. and Arkansas on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. The Seminoles hold a 32-4 mark against the Bulls. While they are familiar with their BIG EAST rival, the `Noles’ clashes with the Golden Gophers and Razorbacks will both be firsts.
Following the Tipoff Classic, Florida State will travel to Gainesville to spar with Florida on Nov. 17. The tip time is still to be determined. The Garnet and Gold have taken six of eight from the Gators, including the last two. In last season’s matchup, the Seminoles escaped with a 74-72 victory in Tallahassee thanks to a pair of free throws from Cierra Bravard with 30 seconds remaining in the tight contest.
Florida State officially opens at the Tucker Center on No. 21, when Georgia State comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest, before hosting a pair of national powers in conjunction with Thanksgiving. FSU welcomes Louisville at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25 and Nebraska at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27. The Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, while Nebraska won 32 games in 2009-10.
A special ticket pack is available for the two games over the Thanksgiving weekend. For just $29 fans will receive four tickets to each contest.
Another Sweet 16 squad from 2011, Ohio State, hosts the Seminoles on Nov. 30 as part of the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge. The `Noles will look to move to 4-1 all-time in the Challenge and 2-0 versus the Buckeyes, whom they upset, 60-49, as an 11th seed in the first round of 2009 NCAA Tournament. Game time is still to be determined.
The `Noles open the month of December against Charlotte, who won 27 games in 2010-11, at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 in Tallahassee, and then head back to Ohio for a contest at Akron on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
On Dec. 19, Alabama A&M will travel to Tallahassee for a “Day of Class with the Noles” game at 11 a.m. Local elementary schools are invited and encouraged to attend the matchup free of charge.
Florida State caps the non-conference schedule with a pair of trips to 2011 NCAA Tournament participants’ arenas sandwiched around a rematch with Yale at the Tucker Center.
FSU heads to the Music City on Dec. 22 to play Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. in Nashville and ends 2011 on Dec. 30 against UCF in Orlando at a time still to be determined.
In between, the `Noles will look to exact some revenge against the Bulldogs at the Tucker Center on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. Last season, FSU fell to Yale, 91-85, in New Haven, Conn.
Season tickets for women’s hoops are $40 for adults and $20 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (50 and over). For the second year in a row, Florida State will offer a Family Pack for women’s basketball season tickets. For $99 fans can purchase two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets.
The deadline to buy season tickets is Oct. 1. As a bonus, any fans that purchase by the Oct. 1 deadline will be invited to an exclusive event hosted at the Basketball Training Center. The event will include a behind the scenes look at this year’s team, a meet and greet with the players and coaches as well as refreshments and opportunities to win door prizes.
Also, any season ticket holder that purchases tickets by Oct. 1 will receive a discount on NCAA Tournament first and second round passes. The Big Dance returns to the Donald L. Tucker Center on March 18 and 20, 2012.
To purchase tickets, fans can contact the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSUNOLE. Tickets may also be purchased on Seminoles.com.
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|Nov. 5||Florida Southern College||Tallahassee, Fla.||2 p.m. (ex.)|
|Nov. 11||South Florida||Daytona Beach, Fla.||4:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 12||Minnesota||Daytona Beach, Fla.||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 13||Arkansas||Daytona Beach, Fla.||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 17||at Florida||Gainesville, Fla.||TBD|
|Nov. 21||Georgia State||Tallahassee, Fla.||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 25||Louisville||Tallahassee, Fla.||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 27||Nebraska||Tallahassee, Fla.||2 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||at Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||TBD|
|Dec. 4||Charlotte||Tallahassee, Fla.||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 10||at Akron||Akron, Ohio||2 p.m.|
|Dec. 19||Alabama A&M||Tallahassee, Fla.||11 a.m.|
|Dec. 22||at Vanderbilt||Nashville, Tenn.||7 p.m.|
|Dec. 28||Yale||Tallahassee, Fla.||7 p.m.|
|Dec. 30||at UCF||Orlando, Fla.||TBD|