Oct. 31, 2008
Will Tanae Davis-Cain be the next member of Florida State’s 1,000 point club? Will Mara Freshour maintain her status as Florida State’s all-time leader in free throw percentage? These questions and others will begin to be answered on Sunday, November 2nd when head coach Sue Semrau and her Seminoles host Premier Players at 2 p.m. in the first of two exhibition games FSU will play at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Admission to the game is free and it’s a great chance for Seminole fans to get an early look at the FSU women’s basketball team before the season-opener vs. Florida Gulf Coast on November 16th.
“We’re ready to get out there and play against someone other than ourselves and our scout team,” Semrau said. “While practice and scrimmages are vital to our preparation and growth, you really don’t know where you are until you’ve had the opportunity to play a real game against a real opponent. I have been pleased with the effort of the team so far. The returning players are providing tremendous leadership and the new kids are progressing nicely.”
Florida State returns nine letterwinners, including four starters, from last year’s NCAA Tournament team and will be anchored by Davis-Cain (15.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Freshour (12.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg), the squad’s two seniors. This year’s squad will be one of FSU’s most experienced as the Seminoles return 83 percent of its scoring and 89 percent of its rebounding from a year ago.
Four highly-touted freshmen, who have joined the program, make up the eighth-ranked recruiting class in the country. All four incoming freshman have earned All-America honors with center Cierra Bravard ranked as the number seven player in the country and wing Chasity Clayton rated 32nd in the nation.
Florida State will follow up its school-record fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance with a schedule that gives the Seminoles the opportunity to play 15 teams that participated in the postseason last year, including 10 NCAA Tournament teams so Coach Sue and the Seminoles will have their work cut out for them.
Premier Programs is comprised of former collegiate players from such schools as Florida, Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Tennessee, among others. The squad will face Miami Friday night before heading north to Tallahassee. Other common opponents include NC State, North Carolina and Boston College.