Nov. 8, 2008
The Florida State women’s basketball team returns to the court Monday night to face DT3 in what is the final of two exhibition contests before the 2008-09 season begins.
Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center and admission is free. All FSU fans are encouraged to come cheer on the ‘Noles as they put the finishing touches on the preseason and gear up for a run at a fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. FSU’s regular-season opener is Nov. 16 vs. Florida Gulf Coast.
“We can be so good drill-wise and that’s so true of how teams are early,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said in regards to what she wants to see out of her ssquad Monday night. “(At practice) there is so much happening. We have got to take that same kind of intensity and put it in the game.”
The Seminoles, ranked No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and No. 21 in the Associated Press preseason polls, are coming off an 84-68 exhibition win over Premier Players Nov. 2.
FSU was led in that victory by junior Jacinta Monroe’s game- and career-high 29 points and 15 rebounds. True freshman Cierra Bravard posted 12 points in her first action in the garnet and gold while sophomore Courtney Ward tallied 10 of her own.
Florida State returns nine players – including four starters – from a squad that last season set a school record by reaching the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row. Team leaders Davis-Cain (15.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Freshour (12.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg) both have the opportunity to put their respective stamps in the FSU history books as both are within reach of the illustrious 1,000-point career mark.
In addition to a host of veteran standouts, the ‘Noles welcome a highly touted group of four freshmen that make up the eighth-ranked recruiting class in the entire country.
DT3 is an exhibition travel team that was created in Tallahassee in 2005 to compete against some of the nation’s top women’s basketball programs during the NCAA Division I exhibition season. The squad features athletes that played collegiate basketball at programs such as North Carolina, LSU, Miami and Georgia Tech.
“The thing that was disappointing for us about the first exhibition was that they didn’t have any size,” Semrau said. “(DT3) has a couple of players that have good size.”