March 17, 2001
AMES, Iowa – Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau and the Seminoles know they have a challenge ahead of them when they play Iowa State on Sunday, March 18th at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional. The Cyclones, a No. 2 seed, are riding a 19-game home court winning streak, including 13-0 this season, and are expecting around 12,000 fans at Hilton Coliseum.
“We’re excited to be here,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said at Saturday’s press conference. “Obviously we’re playing a great team in Iowa State tomorrow afternoon. We just worked on some things today that we felt we needed to do to prepare to play a great, great school and basketball team. (Head Coach) Bill Fennelly has done a wonderful job with the program here and we are excited for the challenge.”
While the number of people in the stands will be more than the Seminoles have experienced this season, a raucous crowd on an undefeated home court will not. Florida State was the only team this season to beat then-No. 4 Duke on its home court and the Cameron crazies at the women’s games are nothing to sneeze about.
“They’re just a great basketball team,” senior Brooke Wyckoff said. “The thing about them is that they have a great outside threat as well as a great inside threat. It’s going to be fun to play on their home court where they haven’t lost yet this season. So it’s definitely a big challenge, but I think we have a good inside and outside game and can defend well and we’ve played on some pretty big-time opposing courts this season.”
Iowa State is 26-5 on the season and the Cyclones are winners of the Big 12 Tournament this season. ISU is led by 6-4 junior center Angie Welle, who is averaging 17.9 points and 10 rebounds per game. Three other Cyclones are average in double figures. Iowa State also played Duke at Cameron this season and fell 81-63 to the Blue Devils. The Cyclones faced NC State on ESPN2 in mid-January and topped the Wolfpack 71-64. ISU topped Howard 100-61 on Friday.
The 19-11 Seminoles, making their first appearance on national television, are coming off of a 72-70 win over 10th-seeded Tulane. If there were jitters on Friday, there aren’t anymore for the Seminoles. They’re just ready to play their game.
“I think every team feels a sense of urgency,” Wyckoff said. “I don’t think you can not feel that because one game you lose, you’re done. As a senior, I know that I feel that and I know my team does as well. We want to stay in this as long as we can so we’re going to fight.”