Oct. 4, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Senior post Cierra Bravard captured preseason All-America First Team honors and the Florida State women’s basketball team was ranked No. 14 in the recently released Sporting News College Basketball Preview magazine.
Bravard was one of 10 players selected by Sporting News for its preseason first team, while the Seminoles are one of five ACC teams to appear in the rankings.
FSU joins Duke (No. 6), Miami (No. 10), Maryland (No. 11) and North Carolina (No. 17) in the preseason Top 25. Another 2011-12 opponent, Louisville (No. 9), made the magazine’s rankings, as well.
The Seminoles also grabbed a No. 19 ranking in the Athlon Sports 2011-12 Women’s Top 25.
Bravard, who is one of 25 finalists for the Wade Award, led the Seminoles in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg), field goal percentage (54.5 percent) and blocks (27) in 2010-11. The Sandusky, Ohio, native was one of the nation’s top free throw shooters among post players, making an impressive 78.8 percent from the charity stripe (156 of 198).
She captured All-ACC First Team and honorable mention State Farm/Coaches All-America accolades, while leading Florida State to a 24-8 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
FSU kicked off the 2011-12 season with its first practice on Sunday. The Seminoles open competition with an exhibition contest against Florida Southern on Nov. 5 in Tallahassee. Florida State begins the regular season from Nov. 11-13 at the WBI Tipoff Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Sporting News 2011-12 Preseason Women’s Top 25
1. Notre Dame
7. Texas A&M
12. Penn State
14. Florida State
17. North Carolina
19. St. John’s
23. Michigan State
25. Texas Tech
Bold – 2011-12 opponent
Sporting News Preseason All-America First Team
Cierra Bravard, Florida State
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Brittney Griner, Baylor
Shenise Johnson, Miami (Fla.)
Keisha Hampton, DePaul
Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
Riquna Williams, Miami (Fla.)