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Seminole Women’s Basketball Opens Exhibition Season With DT3

Oct. 30, 2007

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Florida State vs. DT3
Wednesday, October 31 l 6 pm
Donald L Tucker Center l Tallahassee, Fla.

The Opening Tip: What You Need To Know
With 19 days of practice under its belt, the Florida State women’s basketball team plays the first of two exhibition games Wednesday against DT3 at 6 pm. 

Florida State was picked to finish fourth in the conference by the media members present at the ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day.

The Seminoles bring back four starters from last year’s squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

Five different basketball publications have Florida State in their top 25, topped out by Lindy’s Annual which lists the Seminoles at No. 16.

The 2007-08 campaign is the 11th under head coach Sue Semrau. She has a career record of 160-138. She ranks 10th in ACC history with 68 victories.

Coming off a 24-10 season – continuing its run of three-straight 20 wins seasons – Florida State has won 68 games the last three seasons, including 29 ACC games. In the league, only Duke, Maryland and North Carolina have won more games.

Seminoles Open Exhibition Season With DT3
After looking at the same faces for nearly the last three weeks, the Florida State women’s basketball team finally gets a chance to play someone wearing something other than a different-colored practice jersey. The Seminoles will play their first of two exhibitions games this Wednesday (October 31) when they take on DT3 in the Donald L Tucker Center at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Area children are encourage to come in costumes to trick-or-treat on the concourse.

Conference Media Picks FSU Fourth In Preseason Poll
A spot in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and four returning starters was enough to warrant the Florida State women’s basketball team its highest ranking in the preseason ACC Poll. The Seminoles were picked fourth by the media in attendance at the ACC Women’s Basketball Media Day. Despite finishing in the top four in five of the last seven seasons, the highest Florida State had been tabbed prior to this year was fifth in 2006 and 2003. In six of the 10 seasons under head coach Sue Semrau, the Seminoles have exceeded their preseason ranking by an average of three spots.

Florida State Brings Back Plenty Of Talent
Usually teams that had great postseasons relied on seniors, but Florida State is not the case. The Seminoles lost only one starter off last year’s Sweet 16 team and bring back four starting players. In addition, Florida State returns a pair of players that saw time in the starting line-up and two more that played in at least 10 games. Throw in three talented freshmen and the Seminoles have the makings of a team that can make another run deep into the postseason.

Seminoles Garnering National Attention
The preseason recognition for Florida State has been plentiful when it comes to the national polls. The Seminoles appear in five preseason Top 25s and received votes in another. Next week the two main polls – the USA Today/Coaches Poll & Associated Press – come out. Florida State ended the 2006-07 season ranked No. 19 in USA Today, the highest end of the year ranking in school history. Florida State plays eight teams that are ranked in the preseason mags, including Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, LSU and Texas A&M who are consensus top 10 teams.

Freshmen Look To Make Immediate Impact
FSU’s three freshmen will have their opportunities this year to be major contributors. Guard Courtney Ward (Montgomery, Ala.) was the No. 57 recruit in the country and coach Semrau calls her the fastest players she’s ever had at FSU. Forward Antionette Howard (Snellville, Ga.) was rated 41st and has been likened to FSU All-American Roneeka Hodges. Guard Christian Hunnicutt (Jonesboro, Ga.) is the best athlete of the bunch and two-time All-State selection.

Alley Oop: News & Notes:
Senior guard Shante Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) will see limited if any time in the first two exhibition games. She is coming back from offseason hip surgery … Florida State will raise its Sweet 16 banner to the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center before the home opener, November 11th against North Florida at 2 p.m. … The Early Signing Period for the NCAA National Letter of Intent is November 14-21 and the Seminoles expect to sign one of their best classes ever … Guard Tanae Davis-Cain (Dawson, Ga.) and center Britany Miller (Tallapoosa, Ga.) were invited to the USA Women’s U21 and Pan Am Games Trials this summer … Sophomore forward Jacinta Monroe spent time at the U19 Women’s Junior National Team trials … Florida State tied Maryland for the most member of the Academic All-ACC Women’s Basketball Team (Mara Freshour, Alicia Gladden and Nikki Anthony). Since the team’s inception in 1998, Florida State has had more players honored than any other school in the league.

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