Aug. 18, 2006
Florida State’s women’s basketball program, which has averaged 22 wins over the last two seasons and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, will have yet another challenging schedule in 2006-07 with contests vs. 12 teams that played in last season’s NCAA Tournament. The schedule is highlighted by an ESPN2 game vs. defending national championship
“The opportunity to play
“What else can you say about the ACC, it’s the top conference in the country,” Semrau said. “When our three top teams go to the Final Four and we finished fourth in the league, it’s a lot easier to feel better about finishing fourth. A lot of programs will want to talk about a national championship but in the process of getting there, they usually talk about a conference championship first. For us, our conference champion didn’t even win the national championship. It really puts a different spin on success and how we can achieve success in our program but it’s so fun to play in a conference where night in and night out, it’s going to be a great basketball game. We had seven teams represented in the NCAA Tournament last year and we want again to be in that mix.”
The Seminoles will play another six non-conference teams that advanced to NCAA Tournament play last season, including three SEC schools with
“It has always been a staple of our program to play a tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for our conference,” Semrau said. “It’s important that we play teams that have been to the tournament and that we get ourselves ready not only for the ACC schedule but to complete in the NCAA Tournament. Going to the NCAA Tournament is something that we expect in our program so we have to play a schedule that prepares us and also gives us an opportunity for the highest seed that we can achieve.”
The Seminoles will return eight letterwinners from last year’s 20-10 squad. Headlining the team will be guard Alicia Gladden, the only senior on the squad and one of two returning starters. Gladden, a third team All-ACC selection last year and a member of the ACC All-Defensive Team the past two seasons, led the Seminoles in both scoring at 13.1 points and rebounding at 6.4 rebounds per game. While several players who saw substantial playing time last season return, sophomore center Britany Miller is the only other returning starter among them. Miller, who was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team, was the only Seminole last season to start all 30 games. She averaged 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds and used her 6-4 frame to record a team-high 39 blocks.
Highlights of the upcoming ACC Women’s Basketball schedule include:
** 47 televised games, the most since the inception of ACC women’s basketball in 1977.
** 84 television appearances, including
** 29 televised games, including 27 conference match-ups, on the league’s regional sports networks. The four regional sports networks, which include Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, SunSports, and New England Sports Network, reach approximately 24 million households. The league’s newest television partner, the New England Sports Network (NESN), is seen in nearly 3.7 million homes.
** Seven games of the 2007 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum – four on the league’s regional sports networks and three nationally on Fox Sports Net and affiliates. FSN will also broadcast both ACC Tournament semifinal games and the 2007 ACC Championship game.
** A nationally televised hour-long preview show on Fox Sports Net and affiliates to be broadcast on November 28 with a time yet to be determined.