March 5, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State at ACC Tournament
Greensboro Coliseum (23,500) * Greensboro, N.C.
vs. Wake Forest * Thursday, March 6 * 8 pm
Radio: 1270 AM & XM 192 * ACC Select
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Seminoles Begin ACC Tourney Journey With Wake Forest
An automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament is on the line for the Florida State women’s basketball team as it begins its run at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament this week. The Seminoles (17-12 overall, 7-7 ACC) tied Georgia Tech for fifth place, but will be the sixth seed for the league summit. For the second year in a row, Florida State drew Wake Forest in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles and Demon Deacons (15-14, 2-12) tip off at 8 p.m. on Thursday (March 6). The game can be heard on 1270 AM, XM Channel 192 and Seminoles.com. It can also be seen on ACC Select.
FSU Trying To Build On Recent ACC Tournament Success
The annual trip to Greensboro hasn’t always been the most pleasant for the Seminoles, but Florida State is hoping that it can carry on the momentum it gained last season. Last year was just the fourth time FSU won a first round game and a triumph over Wake Forest, again, would give it back-to-back opening-game wins for only the second time in school history, matching the 2000 and 2001 teams.
Scouting Wake Forest
When the conference schedule began, one of the teams that looked like it was going to make a move up the standings compared to previous years was Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons came into the ACC slate with a 12-2 mark and a big win over nationally-ranked Texas A&M. However, Wake Forest still hasn’t made that jump as it suffered a 2-12 conference record and dropped all the way to the 11th seed in the tournament. Injuries have plagued the Demon Deacons, particularly at the point guard position. First it was Tiffany Roulhac who was lost for the season after suffering her second concussion against the Seminoles. Her replacement, freshman Camille Collier has missed the last month with a stress facture. Leading the Demon Deacons in both scoring (11.4 ppg.) and rebounding (7.4 rpg.) has been junior forward Corrine Groves.
Florida State Tries To Continue Winning Streak Vs Wake Forest
Over the last six seasons, Florida State has dominated the series with the Demon Deacons. Dating back to the second contest of the 2001-02 season, the Seminoles have won 10-straight contests. Six of the last seven games have not been a contest, with FSU winning by a margin of 13.0 ppg. Under Sue Semrau, FSU has won 15 of the last 19 meetings, compared to prior to her arrival when the Seminoles went 4-10 against Wake Forest.