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Seminoles Host Southeast Missouri State Tuesday at 11 a.m. Looking for Win No. 500

Nov. 24, 2008




TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two days after being upset by the University of Florida, the FSU women’s basketball will host Southeast Missouri State Tuesday at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 11 a.m.

 

With a victory over the Redhawks (3-0), the Seminoles (3-1) will earn the program’s 500th win of all time.

 

Fans that cannot attend the matchup can watch it online at ww.ACCSelect.com for free.

 

Seminoles Still Looking for Win. 500

History could have been made against in-state rival University of Florida but that wasn’t the case for the Seminoles. Instead, FSU will be looking to achieve quite the mileston when Southeast Missouri State comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center for an 11 a.m. showdown on Nov. 25. That’s becaus Tuesday could mark the 500 th win in the history of the program if the ’Noles can get past the undefeated Redhawks.  FSU’s current all-time record is 499-502 but the Seminoles have gone 105-58 over the last five years. Head coach Sue Semrau, who took over a program before the 1997-98 season that had gone 5-22 the year before, has nearly 200 of those wins with 182 victories to her credit.  Heading into the season, Semrau has averaged 16.3 wins per season through her previous 11 years at FSU.  

 

Scouting Southeast Missouri State

Southeast Missouri State is coming off a victory over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in which the Redhawks earned head coach John Ishee’s 50th win at the helm of the women’s basketball program. Prior to defeating the Trojans 57-45, the undefeated Redhawks has earned victories over Central Arkansas University and Missouri State University. The Redhawks are currently riding a five-game win streak in the friendly confines of their home gym but Tuesday’s showdown with Florida State will be Southeast Missouri State’s first road contest of the young 2008-09 season.

 

FSU……………………………. PER GAME……………………. SEMO

67.0………………………………. POINTS…………………………. 61.3

.417…………………………………. FG%……………………………. .405

.246……………………………….. 3 FG%………………………….. .345

.598…………………………………. FT%……………………………. .659

39.2……………………………. REBOUNDS……………………….. 35.7

13.0………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………. 12.7

19.3…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………. 18.7

9.5…………………………………. STEALS………………………….. 11.3

3.8………………………………… BLOCKS…………………………… 1.7

 

Unfamiliar Foes

The history between the Seminoles and Redhawks doesn’t date back very far. In fact the two program’s have only met once before when FSU traveled to the campus of Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo. during the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles earned a 64-50 victory in that contest as part of a standout 24-10 season. Interestingly enough, the Redhawks lone matchup against the Seminoles is also the only time that Southeast Missouri State has ever played against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

 

FSU vs. the Ohio Valley Conference

While Southeast Missouri State doesn’t have much experience against the Atlantic Coast Conference, the same is partly true for the Seminoles. In addition to one game against the Redhawks, FSU has only competed in four other contests all-time against teams currently in the Ohio Valley Conference and is undefeated. FSU has the most matchups with Eastern Kentucky as FSU holds a 2-0 advantage all-time. The Seminoles are also 1-0 against Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. The ’Noles have never played against Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, SIU Edwardsville, Tennessee State and Tennessee-Martin. Florida State also has never played against Murray State but that will change later this week when the two programs meet on Nov. 28 at the Rocky Mountain Invitational on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Co.

 

Monroe Continues to Dominate in Junior Campaign

Junior Jacinta Monroe is off to a great start this season. The Ft. Lauderdale native currently leads the team in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (11.0 rpg) and is also shooting a team second-best 59 percent from the floor as she has connected on 26 of her 45 shots this season. Monroe has also made it a habit of getting to the free-throw line on a regular basis. Through four games she leads the team with 30 free-throw attempts, which is more than double that of teammate Cierra Bravard, whosse 12 free-throw attempts are second on the team. In addition to her ability to get to the free-throw line numerous times per game, Monroe has shown she is capable of earning a double-double each time she steps on to the floor. In the loss to the University of Florida in FSU’s previous outing, Monroe registered the 11th double-double of her career and third of the season with team-highs in points (18) and rebounds (10).

 

Spreading the Minutes

Florida State has some serious depth on the team this season.  Through the first four games, nine players are averaging at least 10.8 or more minutes of play time per game. Senior guard Mara Freshour, one of the most consistent players to ever don the garnet and gold, is averaging the most minutes at 31.8 per game.

 

Turnovers Still a Concern

The Seminoles have had some turnover issues through the first four games and head coach Sue Semrau has been stressing to her squad to eliminate costly mistakes. Through four games, FSU is committing 19.3 turnovers per contest.

 

ACC in the Rankings

The ACC is once again, one of the toughest leagues in the nation.  In the latest ESPN/USA Today poll, five ACC teams, including the Seminoles, are among the Top 25.  Only the Big 12 has more teams in that poll than the ACC.  FSU will host the Big 12’s Texas A&M, who is ranked No. 7, on January 5th.

 

# Ranked Teams         Conference

6                                  Big 12

5                                  ACC

4                                  Big East

4                                  SEC

3                                  Pac 10

1                                  Atlantic 10

1                                  Big 10

1                                  Colonial

 

Seminole Seniors on the Verge of History

Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour, who are both vying for the career mark in made 3-pointers, have been responsible for 13 of the 14 triples the Seminoles have hit this season. This past Sunday against the University of Florida, Davis-Cain connected on two 3-point attempts and is now just five 3s shy of the all-time record set by former Seminole Wendy Hampton. Freshour also successfully converted one 3-point attempt and she is now just 12 away from tying the all-time record In addition to moving up the career list for 3-pointers, both Davis-Cain and Freshour are steadily climbing in their respective quests to reach 1,000 career points. The updated totals are:

 

Career 3-Pointers

Career Record:            Wendy Hampton          134

                                    Tanae Davis-Cain         129

                                    Mara Freshour             122

 

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 876

Mara Freshour: 793

 

Monroe Vying for a Record Also

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 149 career blocked shots – just 60 swats shy of Brooke Wyckoff’s all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Against the University of Florida in FSU’s previous outing, Monroe tallied a game-high five blocks.

 

Seminoles Hit the Road for Thanksgiving

After playing against Southeast Missouri State Tuesday at home at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the Seminoles will board a plane the following evening and head to the University of Colorado in Fort Collins, Co. FSU will spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from home competing in the Rocky Mountain Invitational against Murray State, Valparaiso and Coloroado State. The Seminoles will face Murray State Friday, Nov. 28 and then will compete in a double header against the other two squads on Saturday. FSU will then return home Sunday afternoon. The trip to Colorado is the first of two this season that will send FSU away from home for more than one day. The n’Noles will travel to Cancun, Mexico in December to compete in the Caribbean Classic against such programs as UConn and Washington.

 

The Friendly Confines

The Seminoles are amidst a stretch in which four of five games will be played at the Donald L. Tucker Center.  FSU has turned the Tucker Center into a real home court advantage.  In the last nine seasons, FSU has enjoyed a winning home court record.  Coach Sue is 96-51 at home in her tenure as head coach of the Seminoles, including a a 45-11 mark the past four seasons:

 

Home Record               Season

2-1                               2008-09

9-3                               2007-08

10-3                             2006-07

13-2                             2005-06

12-2                             2004-05

9-5                               2003-04

11-4                             2002-03

8-6                               2001-02

10-3                             2000-01

5-8                               1999-00

2-6                               1998-99          

5-8                               1997-98

96-51                          12th Season

 

Phenomenal Freshman

True freshman Cierra Bravard is already making a strong case to be considered one of the top freshmen in the entire country this year. Through the first for games of her career this season, the Sandusky, Oh. native is second on the team with 14.0 points per game, second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game, and has started each game at the center position. She is also averaging 19.8 minutes per contest. On Nov. 20 against the College of Charleston, Bravard had the best game of her young career as she scored a game- and career-high 25 points on 11 of 17 shooting while grabbing a team second-best eight rebounds. She followed that up with a team second-best 11 points in te loss to the University of Florida.

 

Inside Presence Strong for Florida State

The Seminoles have a big front line of players with 6-foot-4 Jacinta Monroe and 6-foot-4 Cierra Bravard and the two have carried the team so far this year. In fact, the tall tandem has been responsible for 125 of Florida State’s 268 total points this year – good enough for 47 percent of the Seminoles’ scoring. And it hasn’t been just points. Together, Monroe and Bravard have combined for 65 of Florida State’s 157 total rebounds through four games. That is 41 percent of the squad’s total rebounds.

 

Double-Double Again and Again

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. Nov. 18 against UNF, Monroe almost made it 10 as she finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Then Nov, Monroe tallied 15 points and 15 rebounds. In the loss to the Gators, Monroe once again tallied a double-double as she recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds. The double-double against the Gators was the 11th of her career and third of the season.  She turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her junior campaign.

 

Defense Wins Ballgames

Florida State head coach Sue Semrau was not pleased with her squad’s defensive effort against the College of Charleston and in the following game against the University of Florida. In the game against the Cougars, FSU allowed the College of Charleston to bounce back from a halftime deficit and take the lead midway through the second half thanks to a steady increase in shooting percentage as the game went on. The Cougars shot just 21.9 percent from the field in the first half but spent the game’s last 20 minutes shooting 41.9 percent.  Against the Gators, FSU allowed UF to jump out to an early lead and never really got back into the game against its bitter rival. For the game, the Seminoles allowed the University of Florida to shoot 51 percent from the field. Florida State also allowed UF guard Sha Brooks to score the most points anyone had scored on them this season as she exploded for a game-high 24 points in the upset victory.

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