Nov. 17, 2008
No. 21 SEMINOLES (1-0)
at NORTH FLORIDA (0-1)
Game No. 2 • November 18, 2008
• 7 p.m.
UNF Arena (5,800) • Jacksonville, Fla.
Television Available for purchase online at www.ASUN.tv
Talent Mike Ridaught
Radio WNLS AM 1270 with Ryan Pensy and Melissa Bruner
Florida State follows up its school-record fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance with a schedule that gives the Seminoles the opportunity to play 15 teams that participated in the postseason last year, including 10 NCAA Tournament teams.
•The Seminoles will play teams from 13 different conferences including the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East and Pac-10.
•The non-conference schedule is highlighted by home games vs. rival Florida, Penn State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Texas A&M, fresh off last year’s Elite Eight appearance – its best in school history.
• FSU plays in a tournament in Cancun, Mexico, just before Christmas where the Seminoles will face top-ranked Connecticut.
• The Seminoles will face LSU for the third straight year with a meeting in Baton Rouge, La., on December 28th.
This year’s squad is one of FSU’s most experienced as the Seminoles return 83 percent of its scoring and 89 percent of its rebounding from a year ago. The four newcomers make up the eighth-ranked recruiting class in the country. All four incoming freshman have earned All-America honors with center Cierra Bravard ranked as the number seven player in the country and wing Chasity Clayton was rated 32nd in the nation.
Junior Jacinta Monroe, who averaged 20.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in exhibition play this season, picked right up where she left off with another double-double in the season-opener. In just 20 minutes of play vs. Florida Gulf Coast, Monroe had 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to record her ninth career double-double. She turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season.
Career High for Angel
Junior Angel Gray may have had the most complete game of any Seminole in the Florida Gulf Coast contest. The guard scored a career-high 10 points and had four rebounds and tied her career-high with three steals in 18 minutes of play off of the bench. Her previous career high in points was 8 at Depaul last season.
Five Seminoles, including four starters, scored in double figures in the Seminoles’ win over Florida Gulf Coast. Tanae Davis-Cain led the way with a game-high 18 while Jacinta Monroe and Cierra Bravard each had 12 points and Mara Freshour and Angel Gray contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively. The last time FSU had five players score in double figures was February 24, 2008 in a 92-84 overtime loss at Maryland. FSU also had five players score in double figures in the Alabama State and Indiana games.
Florida State shot 53 percent from the field, including 59 percent in the second half, in the win over FGCU thanks to the accurate shooting of post players Jacinta Monroe (5-for-6 83%) and Cierra Bravard (7-10 70%). Last season, FSU opened the season with back-to-back 50 percent shooting games (FGCU and UNF) and in fact, shot 50 percent or better in six of its first 10 games and eight games overall. The Seminoles shot 42 percent from the field for the year last season and have shot 40 percent or better in each of Sue Semrau’s 11 seasons. FSU has shot 50 percent or better in two seasons since 1979-80 … .502 in 1981-82 and .500 in 1982-83.
Struggles at the Line
While the Seminoles shot well from the field, the free throw line was a different story. FSU shot just 33 percent (13-for-28) from the charity stripe which is the lowest for the Seminoles since the .250 outing at Duke on January 11, 2008. FSU had 28 free throw attempts in the game. Last year, the Seminoles recorded 28 or more free throw attempts in three games.
In the First Road Game
Under Sue Semrau, the Seminoles are 5-6 in their first away game (on an opponent’s home court, not neutral site) of the season. This number includes a 2-4 record vs. schools in the state of Florida. Take a look:
2007-08: at FGCU W, 93-53
2006-07: at Fordham W, 84-34
2005-06: at Tulsa L, 80-71
2004-05: at Florida W, 72-62
2003-04: at UConn L, 81-53
2002-03: at Florida L, 80-69
2001-02: at Georgia Tech W, 87-78
2000-01: at Florida L, 79-65
1999-00: at South Florida L, 84-74
1998-99: at Tulsa W, 76-67
1997-98: at Florida L, 73-64
Tuesday’s matchup with North Florida is just the second between the two schools. FSU holds a 1-0 advantage having defeated the Lady Ospreys 75-48 last year in Tallahassee.
A Look at the Lady Ospreys
Last year, UNF went 13-16 on the year and return three starters from that club but only one player who averaged double figure scoring in guard Jennifer Bowen and her 10.1 points per game. In their season-opener, the Lady Ospreys started two seniors, a sophomore, a redshirt freshman and a true-freshman and true freshman Jadhken Kerr led the team in scoring with 12 points off of the bench. UNF went 10-7 at home last season.
Seminoles Own The Sunshine State
Florida State has a 165-73 record vs. teams from the state of Florida and is riding a 14-game winning streak against Sunshine State foes. The last time the Seminoles fell to an in-state foe was January 2, 2006 at Florida. After leading 30-25 at halftime, the Seminoles fell 72-62 to the Gators.
Florida State Versus the Atlantic Sun Conference
This may be just the second game ever between the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Florida State and the Atlantic Sun Conference’s North Florida, but the Seminoles do have some history with the Lady Osprey’s league. In the history of the program, FSU has actually competed in 33 games against teams that are currently in the Atlantic Sun Conference with most of those ballgames being played against Stetson University. The Seminoles hold a 12-4 all-time advantage over Stetson as well as a 1-0 advantage over East Tennessee State, and a 2-0 advantage over three different programs: Florida Gulf Coast, Lipscomb and Jacksonville. The only Atlantic Sun team that the ’Noles have a losing record against throughout the years is Mercer as the Bears are 6-3 all-time against FSU. In total, the Seminoles are 23-10 against current teams in the Atlantic Sun.
Tough Stretch of Games From the Get-Go
The Seminoles’ 2008-09 schedule not only features talented programs from throughout the country, it also keeps FSU very busy to begin the year. Starting with the home opener this past Sunday and ending with a showdown against Colorado State at the Rocky Mountain Invitational in Ft. Collins, Co., the Seminoles will play eight games in a span of 14 days. FSU then gets a bit of a break as they only have three games scheduled in the two-and-a-half weeks after returning home from Colorado.
Canned Food Drive
The FSU women’s basketball team will host its annual Canned Food Drive on Nov. 20 when the Seminoles host the College of Charleston at 6 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Fans can bring any two unopened canned goods for free admission. Last year’s can-drive brought in more than 500 cans that were then donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank, which helps feed many families in Tallahassee and throughout the nation.
Pack the House
It’s the NCAA Pack the House challenge game when the Seminoles host the Florida Gators on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. All fans in attendance will receive special garnet and gold women’s basketball t-shirts to wear as they cheer on the Seminoles as they face their in-state rivals.
Year No. 12 Under Semrau
Head coach Sue Semrau is in her 12th season at the helm of the Seminole program. Semrau became FSU’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. Semrau has a 180-152 career record at FSU. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine straight seasons and to four straight NCAA Tournaments.
Florida State Keeps Streak Alive
Getting off on the right foot has become almost automatic for the Seminoles as they have won their last 15 season-openers, including an 81-62 win vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. Overall, FSU is 27-8 on opening night since 1980-81 with its last season-opening defeat being an 86-85 loss to UT-Chattanooga on November 26, 1993. FSU is 25-4 in home-openers since the 1980-81 season. Sue Semrau-coached FSU teams are a perfect 12-0 in season-openers and 11-1 in home-openers.
Inside-Outside Game Does The Trick
From every indication, the 2008-09 version of the Florida State women’s basketball program is expected to be one of the most balanced in head coach Sue Semrau’s 12-year tenure. Well, that proved true Sunday against Florida Gulf Coast. The Seminoles saw five players reach double figures in scoring: two post players and three wing players. Jacinta Monroe and Cierra Bravard combined for 30 points and 20 rebounds while guards Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Angel Gray combined for 40.
FSU to Face a Host of Preseason Favorites This Year
The Seminoles have a tough slate of games this season that features seven teams that were ranked in the top 25 of the AP and USA Today/ESPN preseason polls. Leading the way is No. 1 UConn, a squad that FSU will face in the Caribbean Classic in December. Conference foes No. 6/4 North Carolina, No. 3/5 Maryland, No. 8/8 Duke, and No. 15/15 Virginia are among the nation’s Top 15 in both polls. Among FSU’s non-conference slate, the Seminoles play at No. 24/22 LSU in December and welcome No. 11/10 Texas A&M to the Donald L. Tucker Center in early January. (AP ranking is first)
Freshmen Make Their Mark
Two of Florida State’s four true freshmen are slated to redshirt this season but that doesn’t mean that Seminole newcomers didn’t make their mark in Sunday’s opening-day win over visiting Florida Gulf Coast. True freshman Cierra Bravard earned the first of her collegiate career at center for the ’Noles and didn’t disappoint. The Sandusky, Ohio native poured in 15 points and added a team second-best eight rebounds. Kayli Keough also earned significant minutes in her first regular-season game in the garnet and gold as she came off the bench in the second half and contributed five rebounds.
Seminoles Stay Perfect in the Preseason
Florida State participated in two exhibition contests at the Donald L. Tucker Center in recent weeks and won both contests easily. First, the Seminoles handed Premier Players an 84-68 defeat on Nov. 2 and then followed that up with an 82-53 win over DT3 on Nov. 10. DT3, a team comprised of former standout women’s college basketball players, defeated the University of Florida 71-62 in an exhibition contest against the Gators on Nov. 7. (boxscores later in this release)
Seminoles Welcome Four Talented Freshman
Head coach Sue Semrau and her staff have always had an eye for talent and this recruiting season was no different. FSU’s 2008 recruiting class was ranked No. 8 in the nation thanks to a group that included center Cierra Bravard, forward Kayli Keough and guards Chasity Clayton and Alexa Deluzio. Bravard started both exhibition contests for the Seminoles this year while Keough and Clayton earned minutes coming off the bench. Deluzio suffered a torn ACL in preseason practice and will redshirt this year.
Seminole Seniors on the Verge of History
Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour, who are both vying for the career mark in three-pointers, were responsible for five of the six threes the Seminoles hit vs. Florida Gulf Coast in the season-opener. The updated totals are:
Career Record: Wendy Hampton 134
Monroe Also Approaching a Milestone
Junior forward Jacinta Monroe has led the Seminoles in blocked shots over the past two seasons and has steadily climbed the ranks as one of the greatest shot blockers in program history. Monroe has 141 career blocked shots – just 68 swats shy of Brooke Wyckoff’s all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001.
Back-to-Back Preseason National Rankings
After earning a preseason ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches and Associated Press polls for the first time in program history last season, FSU followed up that achievement by earning another lofty preseason ranking this year. The Seminoles enter the 2008-09 season ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press and No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ preseason polls.
’Noles Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC
Florida State has been picked to finish fifth this season in the very competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC Preseason Poll was selected by the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives.
2008-09 ACC Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina (15 first place votes)
2. Maryland (11 first place votes)
3. Duke (14 first place votes)
4. Virginia (two first place votes)
5. Florida State
6. Georgia Tech
7. Boston College
8. NC State
10. Virginia Tech
12. Wake Forest