Feb. 27, 2007
For the second time in five days, No. 5 seeded Florida State (21-8, 10-4 ACC) and No. 12 seeded Wake Forest (9-19, 0-14 ACC) will face one another but this time it will be in the first game of the 2007 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The game will be televised on FSN-Florida.
“I think it helps in a lot of ways to play a team back-to-back because now we understand things we can’t learn from film like where the double teams will come from,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We were just there and we are familiar with them. I expect Wake Forest will try to throw some things that are different at us but I think the familiarity will be good.”
After being predicted to finish fifth in the 2006-07 ACC preseason poll, Florida State, for the sixth time in seven years, finished in the upper echelon of the Atlantic Coast Conference with a three-way tie for third place with a 10-4 record this season. FSU also tied for third place in 2000-01. This season is the third time FSU has earned the No. 5 seed and the first time since 2004. FSU is 0-2 vs. Wake Forest in ACC Tournament action.
Since joining the ACC in 1991-92, FSU has won just three times in 18 ACC Tournament games and hasn’t won in the tourney since 2001.
“I think a win would mean a lot but I also think a second win would mean more,” Semrau said. “We have to go in there with the understanding that we can really improve our seed in the NCAA Tournament with at least two wins in this tournament and I think that’s something this team is very capable of.”
FSU has a 17-14 edge in the series with Wake Forest and has now won eight straight over the Deacs. The series began in 1991-92 when FSU joined the ACC. Semrau is 13-4 vs. Wake Forest. The Seminoles beat the Demon Deacons 74-57 on Sunday, February 25th and sophomore Britany Miller led the way with 29 points and 13 rebounds. If the Seminoles advance past the Deacons, they will play NC State Friday at 11 a.m. Last season, FSU and NC State met for the first time in the ACC Tournament and the Wolfpack was victorious, 64-60.
“We took Monday off and Tuesday and Wednesday will be the practice days we’ll have leading up to the tournament,” Semrau said. “It really is business as usual with the one exception that we are really going to approach this as a new season. It’s time to sharpen up and really get after it and count on our young players to not be freshmen anymore and that’s what’s very exciting about this time of year.”