March 12, 2007
The Florida State women’s basketball team (22-9) recorded a program-best third straight 20-win season in 2006-07 but the Seminoles were not about to stop there. In fact, the Seminoles are about to be California Dreamin’ with their selection to the 64-team NCAA Tournament field for a program-best third straight year and will be headed to Stanford, California to face Old Dominion (24-8) in first round action Saturday, March 17th at 2 p.m. Eastern at Maples Pavilion. The game will be televised on ESPN.
“We’re just excited to have the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament, especially with just one senior on our team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I think it’s an accomplishment that these players need to be really proud of. Three NCAA tournaments in three straight years is historic for us at Florida State.”
Florida State, an at-large team, is seeded 10th while Old Dominion, the automatic qualifier from the Colonial Athletic Association, is seeded seventh. The winner will face the No. 2 seed Stanford (28-4)/No. 15 seed Idaho State (17-13) winner Monday night.
“We beat everybody we were supposed to but we didn’t get the big wins that we would have liked so we’re definitely excited to be in the tournament,” Semrau said. “We really thought we’d be a nine seed but seven, eight, nine, 10, I think that’s where we thought we’d end up.”
Florida State will be making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance overall and fourth since 2001 while the Lady Monarchs will be making their 24th appearance in the Big Dance.
“I think it’s an accomplishment that these players need to be really proud of. Three NCAA tournaments in three straight years is historic for us at Florida State.”
— Coach Semrau
“Old Dominion is very historic program with a lot of tradition,” Semrau said. “They play a tough schedule outside of their conference and Wendy Larry does a tremendous job coaching them so it will be a tough, tough match up for us.”
Florida State and Old Dominion have played just one time and that was back in the 1981-82 season. The Lady Monarchs hosted the Seminoles and were 100-65 victors. The Seminoles have faced just two other current members of the Colonial in Georgia State and Towson and are 2-1 vs. those two teams.
For the fifth-straight year, the Atlantic Coast Conference will be represented by at least six teams in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Field of 64. Joining Florida State are Duke and North Carolina, No. 1 seeds, followed by No. 2 seed Maryland, No. 4 seed NC State and No. 7 seed Georgia Tech.
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