March 4, 2004
The No. 5 seeded Florida State womens basketball team (14-13, 7-9) depart for Greensboro, N.C., Thursday afternoon where the Seminoles will prepare to face the No. 4 seeded Maryland Terrapins (16-11, 8-8) in ACC Tournament action on Saturday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m. The game will not be televised, but will be available on www.seminoles.com and on WFLA AM 1270 in the Tallahassee area.
“Every postseason opportunity is like a new season,”FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “The ACC Tournament is like a new season for us. We’ve been able to do some great things and we have had some disappointing losses, but we’re excited about going into Greensboro with a fresh start.”
The game will mark the fourth time since FSU joined the league in 1992 that Florida State and Maryland have met in the ACC Tournament. The Terrapins have won two of the three previous meetings, but the Tribe won the last time – 65-50 in 2000. This season, the two clubs split, each earning victories on their home courts. Maryland has an 18-11 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Terrapins.
“I think it is a perfect match up for us,” Semrau said. “They (Terrapins) have some youth, they’ve got some experience and we’ve got some youth and some experience. It’s probably the most exciting match up in the tournament.”
FSU’s 7-9 ACC record marks just the fourth time since joining the league that FSU has earned seven or more conference wins, including the third time in the last four years under Semrau’s direction.
Since falling 76-67 to Maryland in College Park on February 12th, FSU closed out the regular season 2-2. Since that game, Maryland has gone 1-3. The Seminoles concluded the regular-season a week ago with a 71-58 loss vs. No. 11 North Carolina. Senior Tasheika Allen was on her way to a career night with 22 points before being sidelined with an ankle injury with more than eight minutes remaining.
“We’ve gotten some time to heal up in the past week,” she said. “We’ll have to get some of the cobwebs out to open in the tournament, but we’re excited about the ideal that you just go and play and see what happens.”
The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced the 2004 All-ACC Women’s Basketball teams on Wednesday afternoon and for the third straight season, Allen was recognized. The 6-0 senior guard from Huntsville, Ala., earned second team honors for the second straight year, while freshman Shante Williams garnered honorable mention All-ACC honors and was named to the five-player All-Freshman Team.
“Tasheika has been such a solid contributor for us throughout her career and this season has been no different,”Semrau said. “She has the ability to be a breakout player and showed that many times the past three years.
“Shante has not been your typical freshman,”Semrau continued. “She’s finally given us a playmaker at Florida State, who she loves to distribute the ball as much as she loves to shoot it and she can do both and she will only get better and better.”
2004 ACC TOURNAMENT #5 Florida State (14-13, 7-9) vs. Maryland (16-11, 8-8) Saturday, March 6, 2004 * 8:30 p.m. Greensboro Coliseum * Greensboro, N.C. WFLA-AM 1270 * www.seminoles.com
THE TEAMS FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES 2003-04 14-13, 7-9 ACC Head Coach Sue Semrau/7th Season School Record 91-108 Career Record/Yrs. Same Starters Returning/Lost 4/1
MARYLAND TERRAPINS 2003-04 Record 16-11, 8-8 ACC Head Coach Brenda Frese/2nd Season School Record 26-29 Career Record/Yrs. 83-59/5 Starters Returning/Lost 2/3
The No. 5 seeded Seminoles face the No. 4 seeded Terrapins in ACC Tournament action. It will be the fourth time since FSU joined the league in 1992 that Florida State and Maryland have met in the ACC Tournament. The Terrapins have won two of the three previous meetings, but the Tribe won the last time – 65-50 in 2000. This season, the two clubs split, each earning victories on their home courts. Maryland has an 18-11 series advantage over Florida State, but the Seminoles have won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Terrapins.
FSU IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT Year FSU Results 1992 #4 UNC 81 - #5 FSU 69 1993 #2 Maryland 91 - #7 FSU 68 1994 #8 Wake Forest 72 - #9 FSU 57 1995 #8 Maryland 72 - #9 FSU 56 1996 #9 FSU 64 - #8 Georgia Tech 51 #1 Virginia 83 - #9 FSU 50 1997 #8 Wake Forest 70 - #9 FSU 59 1998 #2 Clemson 85 - #7 FSU 68 1999 #1 Duke 90 - #9 FSU 57 2000 #8 FSU 65 - #7 Maryland 60 #1 Duke 92 - #8 FSU 65 2001 #4 FSU 83 - #5 Virginia 77 #1 Duke 72 - #4 FSU 56 2002 #1 Duke 82, #9 FSU 66 2003 #5 Georgia Tech 64, #4 FSU 59
A BREAKDOWN Average points ... ...per game FSU has scored in ACC Tourney 62.8 ...FSU has scored per win in ACC Tourney 70.7 ...FSU has scored per loss in ACC Tourney 60.8 ...FSU has given up in ACC Tourney 76.1
* FSU has played every ACC school bu NC State in the ACC Tournament.
* Prior to this season, with four games, FSU has played Duke the most times in the ACC Tournament.
THE WIN TOTAL
FSU is the ACC Tournament No. 5 seed. It’s 7-9 ACC record marks just the fourth time since joining the league that FSU has earned seven or more conference wins, including the third time in the last four years under Sue Semrau’s direction. FSU has finished .500 or better in the ACC three times. FSU has finished a program best fourth in the ACC twice in the past four years.
FSU SINCE JOINING THE ACC YEAR ACC (seed) OVERALL COACH 1991-92 8-8 (5th) 17-11 Meadors 1992-93 6-10 (7th) 13-14 1993-94 3-13 (9th) 6-21 1994-95 3-13 (8th) 8-22 1995-96 2-14 (9th) 8-20 1996-97 0-16 (9th) 5-22 Gobrecht 1997-98 5-11 (7th) 9-18 Semrau 1998-99 2-14 (9th) 7-20 1999-00 4-12 (8th) 12-17 2000-01 9-7 (4th) 19-12 2001-02 4-12 (9th) 13-15 2002-03 8-8 (4th) 16-12 2003-04 7-9 (5th) 14-13
ACC PRESEASON POLL
In a poll of the 36 media members present at the ACC Media Day, the Seminoles, who have finished in the ACC’s top four two of the past three seasons, were picked to finish fifth in the league this season, which is the highest Florida State has been predicted to finish in the preseason poll since joining the league in 1992. The previous highest preseason pick had been sixth in the 1998 and 2001 seasons. Here’s a look at the poll, preseason and final:
Preseason Final 1.Duke (36) 1.Duke (36) 2.North Carolina 2.North Carolina 3.Virginia 3.NC State 4.Georgia Tech 4.Maryland 5.Florida State 5.Florida State 6.NC State 6.Clemson 7.Clemson 7.Virginia 8.Maryland 8.Georgia Tech 9.Wake Forest 9.Wake Forest