Sept. 2, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s basketball program 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.
“Each year we try to put ourselves in the position to be successful in both ACC play and the postseason by putting together a strong and competitive non-conference schedule,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “This season we have the chance to play a number of teams that played in a postseason tournament last year and the good news is that we play nine of those teams in Tallahassee, including six NCAA Tournament teams.”
Florida State will play teams from 13 different conferences including the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East and Pac-10. The non-conference schedule is highlighted by home games vs. rival Florida, Penn State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Texas A&M, fresh off last year’s Elite Eight appearance – its best in school history.
Six games on this year’s slate will be against in-state schools. FSU will host Florida Gulf Coast, Florida and UCF and will travel to North Florida. In ACC play, the Seminoles will have a home and home with Miami.
FSU will rack up the frequent flyer miles when the team participates in the Colorado State Rocky Mountain Classic in Ft. Collins, Colo., just after Thanksgiving and plays in a tournament in Cancun, Mexico, just before Christmas where the Seminoles will face top-ranked Connecticut. The Seminoles will face LSU for the third straight year with a meeting in Baton Rouge, La., on December 28th. The Tigers have advanced to five straight NCAA Tournament Final Fours.
“Our non-conference schedule gives us a little bit of everything,” Semrau said. “We not only have the opportunity to host some great teams but we also get a chance to travel to some great places like Colorado and Cancun and face very strong competition.”
The ACC home schedule for Florida State features every league team that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles will tip off the ACC-portion of their schedule with a road trip at Virginia Tech on January 8th and will host Clemson in their league home-opener on January 11th.
The Seminoles return nine letterwinners from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad, including their top three scorers and rebounders from a season ago in seniors Tanae Davis-Cain (15.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Mara Freshour (12.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and junior Jacinta Monroe (10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg). Coach Semrau and her staff have brought four talented freshmen on board who could make an immediate contribution.
Florida State is taking advantage of this election season with a campaign of its own – Coach Sue’s Project 3000 – the women’s basketball program’s goal to have 3,000 Season Ticket Holders for the 2008-09 season. The first 1,000 fans to purchase season tickets will receive a “Coach Sue Project 3000” yard sign showing the support for the campaign.
“I think our fans really appreciate what we’ve been able to do the last four years and I know they will enjoy the caliber of competition that we are bringing to the Tucker Center this season,” Semrau said. “I look forward to outstanding support from the Tallahassee community.”
For more information on Coach Sue’s Project 3000 or to order season tickets, go to http://seminoles.cstv.com/tickets/0607whoopsticketinfo.html.