Feb. 25, 2006
Just shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, Florida State head coach Sue Semrau and her “Tent for Tickets” campaign became victorious when she sold the 3,000th ticket. In fact, a total of 3,125 tickets have been sold for Sunday’s women’s basketball season finale vs. No. 17/19 Boston College at 1 p.m. Senior Day festivities are set for 10 minutes prior to tip-off so fans are asked to be in attendance early to congratulate the Class of 2006.
“So many people came out and really rallied to support us and we’re really excited about that,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, “but one thing that I have preached to my team ever since I’ve been at Florida State is that we need to be finishers and we’re excited to see that our great fans are going to be finishers along with us and come out and fill those stands!”
From the Florida State University Outdoor Pursuits office, which let Coach Sue borrow a tent for the weekend, to Elder Care’s Meals on Wheels that had volunteers bring a lunch to Coach Sue on Friday from the appreciation luncheon she was missing, to the FSU cheerleaders who brought out baskets of goodies, to several members of Seminole Sound who camped out with Coach Sue Friday night and stuck around to help out Saturay, to Barnacle Bill’s which fed Coach Sue and the volunteers from the band Saturday afternoon …. SO many people were SO selfless to help Coach Sue and her cause to get fans in the stands for Senior Day!
“While sleeping in a tent is not usually my idea of fun, I really had a great time because I knew the cause,” Semrau said. “I really love FSU and I love our players and I’m passionate about this final piece that we need to put together which is to have a community that comes out and supports us. Thanks to all of the people who stopped by and hung out with me, especially the members of the band who not only gave so much of their time but also made some really great s’mores, we reall did have a great time. I had the chance to see so many of our loyal fans and there were so many new faces and that’s what was really exciting!”
The largest crowd to ever see a Florida State women’s basketball game at the Tucker Center is 3,011 back in the 2002-03 season when Connecticut made a visit to Tallahassee. For a program that has averaged 18 or more wins over the last four years, it would mean a great deal to the Seminoles to have that kind of crowd all of the time.
“This campaign was not about money,” Semrau said. “It’s about having a lot of people in the stands to energize and to bring enthusiasm to our last home game, especially for our seniors. It’s exciting to finish in the top four in the ACC back-to-back years and we’ve put ourselves in great position to go to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years as well. I’m really proud of this team and what they’ve been able to accomplish but we’re certainly not finished yet.”
Semrau has a lot of reason to be proud of her Seminoles and her players have a lot to be proud of her for. While camping out in a tent seemed a little crazy at first, it really impressed the Seminoles.
“I think she’ll be excited when she gets the 3,000,” senor Ganiyat Adeduntan said Thursday night after the Wake Forest win. “But, seriously, I think it’s awesome that she’s doing that. For your coach to do something like that to make our senior day special, I am just really thankful that she would go out on a limb to do something like that. When she told the team, I was really surprised and kind of shocked but it just shows the kind of person she is and we really appreciate what she’s doing.”
“She’s being courageous doing that,” fellow senior LaQuinta Neely said. “We’re really proud of her.”
And now, about the game.
“Boston College coming in is just the kind of game you just want to play,” Semrau said. “You have a Top 20-ranked team coming to your place and it’s their first time ever in Tallahassee. There the team that will probably finish fifth or sixth in the conference and we just really want to lock in and go to work with that. We’re not going to hold anything back, we’re going to go after it and try to get this game with everything we’ve got.”