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Seminoles Travel To Cancun for Caribbean Classic

Dec. 17, 2008




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The Florida State women’s basketball team travels to Cancun, Mexico to face some of the nation’s top talent at the Caribbean Classic, December 16-21. 

@ Caribbean Classic, Cancun            

Thu.  18   vs. Northern Colorado                 1 p.m. (CST)

Fri.    19   vs. Washington                           8:30 p.m. (CST)

Sun. 21   vs. #1 Connecticut                      3:30 p.m. (CST)

Year No. 12 Under Semrau

Head coach Sue Semrau is in her 12th season at the helm of the Seminole program. Semrau became FSU’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. Semrau has a 187-154 career record at FSU. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. 

FSU AND IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS

The Seminoles journey to Cancun, Mexico to take part in the Caribbean Classic along with Connecticut, Northern Colorado and Washington will mark the second time this season in which FSU will compete in an in-season tournament. Earlier this season, the Seminoles competed in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational on the campus of Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo., during the Thanksgiving holiday. In that tournament, FSU defeated Murray State 85-50 in the opening game but fell to Valparaiso 80-74 in the tournament’s championship contest. After going 1-1 in Colorado, the Seminoles are 26-10 during in-season tournaments in the Sue Semrau era (since 1997-98 season). The Seminoles have won seven in-season tournaments during Semrau’s tenure – including two during the 2004-05 season.

SEMINOLES VS. NORTHERN COLORADO

Florida State’s first game of the Caribbean Classic will be played against Northern Colorado. The matchup will be the first in the history of both programs. Northern Colorado is located in Greeley, Colo., and the Bears are a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Scouting the Northern Colorado bears

FSU……………………………. PER GAME………………………….. UNC

72.2……………………………….. POINTS…………………………….. 68.0

.434 ………………………………… FG%……………………………….. .436

.317……………………………….. 3 FG%……………………………… .364

.645…………………………………. FT%……………………………….. .669

42.9……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 34.4

12.7………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 11.4

19.5…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 15.5

9.4…………………………………. STEALS………………………………… 5.6

4.2………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 1.3

SEMINOLES AGAINST THE BIG SKY CONFERENCE

Thursday’s matchup with Northern Colorado will mark just the fifth time ever that Florida State will play against a team currently in the Big Sky Conference. The Seminoles are 2-2 all-time against teams in the Bears’ league and three of their four contests have been played against teams from the state of Montana. FSU is 1-1 in its history against the University of Montana as the two programs last faced off during the 2005-06 season when the Seminoles earned a 69-56 victory in Tallahassee, Fla. The year prior, Montana picked up a 60-49 victory over the Seminoles in their home gym as part of the Montana Invitational. The Seminoles have played Montana State one time as the two met during the 1991-92 season when FSU achieved an 89-66 victory over the Bobcats in the Dial Classic in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State has also played at Northern Arizona and lost that contest during the 2002-03 season by a score of 79-69.

SEMINOLES VS. WASHINGTON

FSU will take on Washington, of the Pac 10, in the team’s second game of the Caribbean Classic. The game will be FSU’s third ever against a Huskies squad that the Seminoles have never beaten in two previous tries. Washington’s all-time 2-0 record against FSU dates back only to the 2005-06 season when the Huskies escaped with a 71-69 victory at the Donald L. Tucker Center in the first-ever matchup between the two. Washington then followed that up with an 84-65 win over the Seminoles on their home floor in Seattle, Wash., the very next season.

Scouting the washington huskies

FSU……………………………. PER GAME…………………………… UW

72.2……………………………….. POINTS…………………………….. 69.2

.434 ………………………………… FG%……………………………….. .395

.317……………………………….. 3 FG%……………………………… .309

.645…………………………………. FT%……………………………….. .675

42.9……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 40.8

12.7………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 14.0

19.5…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 21.5

9.4…………………………………. STEALS……………………………… 13.3

4.2………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 3.3

SEMINOLES AGAINST THE PAC-10 CONFERENCE

While FSU is winless all-time against Washington at 0-2, the program has also struggled against other Pac-10 Conference squads. The Seminoles are 2-6 in their history against programs from that conference as they are 0-1 against Arizona State, California and Oregon State. Florida State’s two victories against Pac-10 schools are against Stanford as the Seminoles boast a 2-1 all-time record against the Cardinal – including the memorable 68-61 upset victory over Stanford in the NCAA Tournament during the 2006-07 season which sent FSU to its very first Sweet Sixteen.

SEMINOLES VS. UCONN

FSU will face off against No. 1-ranked Connecticut, of the Big East, in the team’s final game of the Caribbean Classic and the showdown between the two will be the fourth all-time in the history of both programs. The Huskies have had the Seminoles number throughout the years as they boast a 3-0 record over FSU. In each of those losses, the Seminoles have averaged just over 53 points per game. UConn, on the other hand, has averaged 75 points per game in each of those victories. The last time that FSU and UConn matched up against one another was during the 2004-05 season when the Huskies ended FSU’s season by earning a 70-52 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting the UCONN huskies

FSU……………………………. PER GAME…………………….. UCONN

72.2……………………………….. POINTS…………………………….. 92.2

.434 ………………………………… FG%……………………………….. .555

.317……………………………….. 3 FG%……………………………… .407

.645…………………………………. FT%……………………………….. .723

42.9……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 42.3

12.7………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 23.4

19.5…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 14.7

9.4…………………………………. STEALS………………………………… 8.7

4.2………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 5.4

SEMINOLES AGAINST THE BIG EAST CONFERENCE

Florida State may just be a combined 4-8 against teams in the Big Sky and Pac-10 Conferences, but the Seminoles have played a lot of games against squads in UConn’s league, the Big East Conference. All together, FSU is 57-27 against teams currently in the Big East. While the Seminoles are 0-3 against UConn, they have winning records against four other teams in the league. FSU is 32-4 against South Florida, 1-0 against St. John’s, 12-10 against Louisville and 12-8 in games played against Cincinnati. FSU is 0-2 against DePaul. Despite the fact that they have played nearly 100 games against the Big East, the Seminoles have never played Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova and West Virginia.

SEMINOLES VS. NO. 1-RANKED TEAMS

If Florida State wants to beat UConn in Cancun, Mexico the Seminoles must do something they have never done in the history of the program: defeat a No. 1-ranked team. FSU is 0-7 all-time against teams that boast the nation’s top ranking. The Seminoles have not faced a No. 1-ranked squad since the 2003-04 season when they fell to then top-ranked Duke, 73-60. In fact, the Seminoles have faced off against Duke on three separate occasions when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1. The Seminoles first-ever game against a top-ranked opponent occured during the 1983-84 season when No. 1 Texas earned an 89-43 win over FSU. Interestingly enough, FSU and UConn have played against one another in the past when the Huskies possessed a No. 1 ranking. No. 1 UConn defeated FSU 81-53 during the 2003-04 season. FSU is just 3-19 all-time against ranked opponents at a neutral site.

IN COMMON

FSU, UConn, Northern Colorado and Washington will have each other in common on this year’s schedule but there are some other commonalities. UConn and FSU both face Georgia Tech (UCONN won 82-71), Penn State (UCONN won 77-63, FSU won 73-60), LSU and UNC this season and Washington fell to the ACC’s Clemson 85-67 in Seattle.

FSU HEADS OUT OF CONTINENTAL U.S. FOR THIRD TIME

FSU’s journey to Cancun, Mexico to compete in the Caribbean Classic will be just the third time ever that the Seminoles have traveled outside the Continental United States to play basketball during the regular season. Both of FSU’s previous trips across country lines were to San Juan Puerto Rico to compete in the San Juan Shootout during the 1994-95 and 2004-05 seasons. The Seminoles competed in three games during that in-season tournament in 1994 and lost each contest to Texas Tech, Southern Illinois and Michigan State. FSU then bounced back in a big way 10 years later when it won all three games against Fordham, Towson and UNC-Charlotte during the San Juan Shootout in 2004.

FSU IS .500 DURING WEEK LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS

FSU has played in 22 games during the week leading up to the Christmas holiday (Dec. 18 to Dec. 25) in the Sue Semrau era and are 11-11 all-time in those games. In the Caribbean Classic, the Seminoles will be looking to duplicate the program’s success experienced during the 2004-05 season they were 4-0 in that time span and swept three games of competition in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico.

A LOOK AT THE STAT RANKINGS IN THE ACC

FSU isn’t scheduled to open Atlantic Coast Conference play until Jan. 8, 2009 when the team travels to play at Virginia Tech, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to start looking at where FSU players rank in certain statistical categories in the league. Junior forward Jacinta Monroe finds herself in the top 10 in the ACC in scoring average (15.3 ppg), field-goal percentage (.567), rebounding (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (2.4 bpg). True freshman center Cierra Bravard is also in the top 10 in field-goal percentage as she is second in the league with a mark of .667. At the guard positions, sophomore Courtney Ward ranks 10th in the ACC in assists with 3.7 per game and senior Tanae Davis-Cain is tied for fifth with an average of 1.9 3-pointers made per contest.

ACC NOTABLES

So far this season…

…ACC schools have an 88-23 (.793) record vs. non-conference opponents including a 4-0 record vs. the Pac 10 and a 1-3 record vs. the Big East. No ACC team has faced a Big Sky opponent yet this season. 

…ACC schools are 14-6 in non-ACC neutral games

…the ACC has had 26 players, including six freshmen, record double-doubles this season.  FSU’s Jacinta Monroe has three double-doubles this season and only four other league players have more than that with four apiece.

…ACC teams have defeated seven Top 25 programs

…FSU’s Jacinta Monroe’s six blocks vs. Mercer ranks tops along with two other league players in the ACC

WHAT A DAY FOR Angel Gray

In FSU’s last outing, junior guard Angel Gray had one of the best performances of her Seminole career. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native scored a career-high 12 points and added a career-high eight rebounds against Mercer in the victory. Gray, who came off the bench the first three games of the season, has now started six-straight contests for the Seminoles after earning her first start of the season against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 25.

MONROE RETURNS TO FORM

After struggling with foul trouble against Temple, junior forward Jacinta Monroe returned to form against Mercer for the Seminoles. FSU’s leading scorer on the season mustered just five points against the Owls in Philadelphia, Pa., but quickly bounced back from that performance against Mercer. In the victory over the Bears, Monroe led all players with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting. She also added a season-high six blocks and was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.  Monroe has scored 20 or more points twice this season and in double figures in nine games.

SEMINOLES HUSTLE PAST THE BEARS

FSU earned its 74-54 victory over Mercer by beating the Bears in a variety of hustle categories. In addition to winning the rebounding battle 46-31 and points-in-the-paint 36-18, FSU also scored 10 fast-break points compared to just two by Mercer and also scored 21 second-chance points while the Bears mustered just eight.

DAVIS-CAIN makes history

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain made a little bit of history in the Seminoles’ win over Temple on Dec. 7. The Dawson, Ga., native entered that contest just one 3-pointer shy of tying Wendy Hampton’s school-record 134 career 3-pointers and two from breaking it. It only took Davis-Cain until late in the first half of the game against the Owls to hit two and officially set the record. She went on to connect on all four of her 3-point attempts. After hitting three triples against Mercer, Davis-Cain now has 140 3-pointers made in her stellar career. Senior guard Mara Freshour also has the opportunity to leave her name in the 3-pointer record books as she is third on the list in career 3-pointers made. Freshour currently has 131 treys in her career.  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:

Tanae Davis-Cain       140

Wendy Hampton          134

Mara Freshour            131

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 934

Mara Freshour: 845

Monroe ON PACE TO SET RECORD

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. With a combined 13 blocks over the past three games, and a team-high 24 swats this season, Monroe now has 165 career blocked shots – just 44 swats shy of Brooke Wyckoff’s all-time record of 209 she set from 1997-2001.  Monroe is averaging 2.4 blocks per game this season and if she stays on this pace will have 213 career blocked shots after the first game of the ACC Tournament.  She will likely, however, better that pace as she has already recorded three or more blocks in three games this season including a season-high six against Mercer.

Seminoles even it out

Against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 25, the FSU women’s basketball team earned program win No. 500. Against Temple, the Seminoles achieved another feat by evening out the all-time record of the program at the time at 503-503 in FSU history. FSU head coach Sue Semrau has a lot to do with the Seminoles’ improved record through the years. When she began her tenure in time for the 1997-98 season, FSU was 32 games below .500 in the history of the program at 317-349.

HARVIN’s been on a roll

Florida State junior Alysha Harvin showed against Penn State that she can bounce back from a less-than-stellar effort and then she showed against Temple that she can sustain a high level of play. Harvin entered the Dec. 3 contest against the Lady Lions after struggling in the loss to Valparaiso. In the Valparaiso game, Harvin battled with foul trouble and was held out of the scoring chart as she was 0-for-4 from the field. But against Penn State, the Dania, Fla., native played very well as she finished with what was then a season-high 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting. She was also 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. The junior then followed up that performance with arguably the best 40 minutes of basketball of her FSU career. In the win over the Owls, Harvin registered a career-high 20 points and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. She also nabbed a career-high nine rebounds.

PICKING UP THE SLACK

All season long FSU has been guided by a pair of players in the middle. Junior forward Jacinta Monroe and freshman center Cierra Bravard entered the game against Temple averaging a combined 29.3 points per game. But the contest in Philadelphia, Pa., against the Owls turned out to be a struggle for FSU’s pair of 6-foot-4 post-players. Together the two combined for a season-low seven points and battled foul trouble all afternoon. Their teammates rose to the challenge, however, as seniors Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour and junior Alysha Harvin combined for 56 of the team’s 86 points in the victorious effort.

SLUMP? WHAT SLUMP?

In addition to making history against Temple, senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain appeared to have bounced back from a shooting slump that had drastically cut down on her minutes played in previous games. The 5-foot-10 guard, whose mother lives in Philadelphia and was in attendance, finished the day with a season-high 20 points but perhaps more importantly for the Seminoles, she emerged from a 2-for-15 shooting slump that had plagued her over the previous two ballgames. She was 7-for-10 against Temple, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Against Mercer, Davis-Cain continued her upwards swing with a 13-point performance.

FSU ENJOYS CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE

Less than 24 hours before they were to take the court against Temple, FSU players, coaches and staff all got to experience a little bit of chilly Philadelphia. After arriving in the City of Brotherly Love, the Seminoles took the team bus to world-famous Geno’s for some some classic Philly Cheesesteaks. After eating, it was on to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where the players and coaches imitated Sylvester Stallone’s character in Rocky that famously jogged up the many stairs outside the building.

OWLS LIMITED IN THE FIRST HALF

The Seminoles held Temple to just 17 first-half points in the opening 20 minutes of play that saw them dominate all aspects of the game. The Owls’ 17 points was the second-lowest output of the year allowed by FSU in the first half of play. The season-low allowed in any half this season was the 15 given up in the first half against Southeast Missouri State. FSU only allowed 16 in the second half in the win over SEMO, too.

TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS

The win over Temple was perhaps the most balanced performance by the Seminoles this season but it didn’t happen without at least one negative. Turnovers continue to be a real issue for FSU as the squad committed 18 giveaways in the win. The Seminoles then followed that up with 18 turnovers in the victory over Mercer. FSU is committing an average of 19.5 turnovers per contest. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU averaged 20+ turnovers per game in her first three seasons. In each of her NCAA Tournament seasons, FSU has averaged no more than 18.3 turnovers per game and that was last season.

86 IS THE SEASON-HIGH FOR POINTS

The 86 points scored against Temple was the highest offensive output by the Seminoles this season, edging past the 85 that FSU scored in the victory over Murray State. The Seminoles have scored over 80 four times this season and all of those contests resulted in FSU victories.  The 86 points is the most by FSU since the Seminoles’ 94-42 win over Alabama State on December 16, 2007.  In the 2007-08 season, FSU recorded 80 or more points in six games total and went 5-1 in those games.

FREE THROWS GALORE AGAINST TEMPLE

Florida State attempted a season-high 39 free throws in the Temple win and converted on 25 of them for 64 percent.  The last time FSU attempted that many free throws was last season when the Seminoles went 24-for-39 for 62 percent in the win at Indiana on Nov. 30, 2007.  FSU’s best outing, percentage-wise, from the charity stripe this season is 81 percent (13-for-16) in the loss to Valparaiso.  On the season, the Seminoles, as a team, are averaging 24.2 free throws per game (and making 15.6 of them)  while their  opponents are getting to the line 19.9 attempts per game (and making 14.5 of them). 

Monroe Leads FSU in Two Different Categories

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). Monroe has shown she is capable of earning a double-double. In the loss to Florida, Monroe registered the 11th double-double of her career and third of the season with team-highs in points (18) and rebounds (10). She turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her sophomore campaign.

Twin Towers on the Inside

The Seminoles have a big front line of post players with 6-foot-4 Jacinta Monroe and 6-foot-4 Cierra Bravard and  the two have done their collective part in helping the team so far this year. In fact, the tall tandem is currently averaging a combined 26.9 points per game. In the Southeast Missouri State game, Monroe and Bravard combined for 31 points, which was exactly half of the Seminoles’ total offensive output. The two also combined for 10 rebounds in that blowout victory. Against Penn State, both players combined for 33 points of FSU’s total of 70.

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