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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11/12 Florida State women’s basketball team will honor seniors Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Cayla Moore Tuesday night when the No. 21/22 Virginia Cavaliers come to town for a 6:30 p.m. showdown at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

 

In addition to being FSU’s final home game of the season, Tuesday’s contest will mark the seventh time this season that the Seminoles (23-5, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will play against a ranked opponent and they are 5-2 in those ballgames.

 

The Seminoles and Cavaliers (21-7, 7-5) have already met once this season as FSU earned an 80-75 victory in Charlottesville, Va. on Jan. 23.

 

A win against Virginia Tuesday night would add to the Seminoles’ school-record 11 conference victories this season and put them one win away from clinching the first regular-season ACC title in program history.

 

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe’s stellar junior season hit another high note in the Seminoles’ win over Clemson. That’s because Monroe’s 24 points is a new career high in scoring, edging out her previous career-best of 23 points she scored against UAB in 2007.

 

 

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THE FLORIDA STATE-VIRGINIA SERIES

FSU lost its first 20 games against Virginia – a span of time that lasted 10 years. But in the 2000-01 season, the Seminoles earned victory No. 1 against the Cavaliers. Starting with that victory, FSU has won a total of nine ballgames in 18 tries against the Cavaliers. Virginia now holds a 28-9 all-time record against the Seminoles, including FSU’s 80-75 win in January.

 

SERIES RESULTS VS. VIRGINIA……………… 9-28

1990-91………. L……………… 77-92………………… (A)

1991-92………. L……………… 60-87………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 43-81………………… (A)

1992-93………. L……………… 66-78………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 68-76………………… (A)

1993-94………. L……………… 56-82………………… (A)

………………….. L……………… 50-59………………… (H)

1994-95………. L……………… 60-76………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 45-79………………… (A)

1995-96………. L……………… 58-91………………… (A)

………………….. L……………… 40-81………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 50-83………………… (N)

1996-97………. L……………… 57-67………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 44-73………………… (A)

1997-98………. L……………… 62-75………………… (A)

………………….. L…………… 76-83 (OT)…………….. (H)

1998-99………. L……………… 71-80………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 55-73………………… (A)

1999-00………. L……………… 73-76………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 59-74………………… (A)

2000-01……… W……………… 60-58………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 65-77………………… (A)

…………………. W……………… 83-77………………… (N)

2001-02………. L……………… 62-66………………… (A)

………………….. L……………… 54-57………………… (H)

2002-03……… W……………… 55-46………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 54-63………………… (A)

2003-04………. L…………… 80-82 (OT)……………. (H)

…………………. W……………… 73-71………………… (A)

2004-05………. L……………… 62-77………………… (H)

………………….. L……………… 67-71………………… (N)

2005-06……… W……………… 60-46………………… (H)

…………………. W……………… 67-58………………… (A)

2006-07……… W……………… 63-47………………… (H)

…………………. W……………… 79-77………………… (A)

2007-08………. L…………… 66-69 (OT) ……………. (H)

………………….. L …………….. 58-77………………… (A)

2008-09……… W……………… 67-58………………… (A)

 

EARLIER THIS YEAR AGAINST UVA

Five players scored in double figures in a game that was a seesaw battle from start to finish. Courtney Ward finished with a new career high with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting – including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. She also added a game-high five assists. Jacinta Monroe achieved her fourth-straight double-double at the time with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mara Freshour scored 11 points to go along with three assists and four rebounds. Alysha Harvin finished the game with 14 points despite playing the majority of the second half with four fouls. Tanae Davis-Cain scored 16 points before fouling out of the ballgame with under two minutes to play in regulation.  Ward also fouled out but not before leaving a big mark in the box score.

 

Scouting VIRGINIA

FSU……………………………. PER GAME………………………….. UVA

70.9……………………………….. POINTS……………………………… 74.4

.422 ………………………………… FG%………………………………… .405

.379……………………………….. 3 FG%………………………………. .289

.671…………………………………. FT%………………………………… .691

41.4……………………………. REBOUNDS…………………………… 43.6

13.5………………………………. ASSISTS…………………………….. 11.8

18.6…………………………… TURNOVERS………………………….. 16.2

8.5…………………………………. STEALS………………………………… 9.6

4.6………………………………… BLOCKS………………………………. 3.1

 

202 AND SHE’s JUST GETTING STARTED

In her 12th season at the helm of the Florida State women’s basketball program, head coach Sue Semrau earned career win No. 200 in FSU’s Feb. 13 game; a thrilling 77-70 defeat of No. 8 North Carolina. Semrau is already used to making a little magic happen at FSU as she became the program’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record after defeating Clemson is 202-157.

 

SO BALANCED

Florida State’s secret weapon this season is the team’s balance… 

• Three players average 10 or more points per game and three players are averaging four or more rebounds per game. 

• Seven different Seminoles have led the team in scoring this season. 

Jacinta Monroe has led FSU in scoring in a team-high 12 games.

• On the rebounding side, seven different Seminoles have led the team on the boards at least once with Monroe again leading the way at 17 times.

• Of the returning players, four have set new career-highs in scoring and four in rebounding this season.

 

HIGHEST RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY

Florida State’s ranking of No. 11 in this week’s Associated Press poll, and No. 12 in last week’s USA TODAY/ESPN Poll, are the highest rankings in program history.  FSU has spent eight weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and six currently), which is also a program record. 

 

NEW SCHOOL RECORD FOR ACC WINS

By defeating Miami, FSU earned Atlantic Coast Conference win No. 11 of the season, which is the most in the history of the program.

 

FIRST EVER LEAGUE TITLE IN SIGHT

At first place in the ACC, the Seminoles have the chance to do something they have never done before: earn a regular season league title. By winning their next two games, the Seminoles would claim the crown outright.

 

WIN OVER RANKED UVA SETS RECORD

By defeating No. 7/8 North Carolina, the Seminoles tied the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five and a victory over No. 21/22 Virginia would set the new standard at six. The last time that the Seminoles had this many wins over ranked teams occurred during the 1992-93 season. FSU has also earned victories this year over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 25 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Virginia, and No. 3 Duke.

 

SEMINOLES NOW 5-1 AGAINST FLA. FOES THIS YEAR

FSU is now 169-74 all-time against teams from the state of Florida and 5-1 against those teams this season. FSU has played Florida Gulf Coast, UNF, Florida, UCF and Miami twice this season.

 

NEW RECORD HOLDER

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe made history Sunday as she officially became the all-time blocks leader in FSU women’s basketball history. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native finished the game against Miami with two blocks and now has 211 swats in her stellar career. Monroe came into the game with the Hurricanes in a first-place tie with former Seminole standout Brooke Wycoff and now will be looking to break another of her records as she is just 10 away from tying Wycoff’s record for blocks in a season. Monroe has 70 blocks this year and the record is 80.

 

SEASON LOW IN THE FIRST HALF

Florida State couldn’t muster much offense in the first half of the ballgame against Miami and went into the locker room tied for a season low in points in the opening 20 minutes. Against the Hurricanes, FSU had just 19 in the opening period and the team scored the same amount in the win over then-No. 3 Texas A&M earlier this season.

 

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF MAKES

After scoring a season-low 19 points in the first half against Miami, FSU came out and dropped 40 points on the Hurricanes in the second half. FSU did this by shooting a much better percentage from the field. FSU was 16.1 percent in the first half and 52.4 percent in the second half. The Seminoles also protected the ball better in period No. 2. In the first half they gave the ball away 12 times and had just five turnovers in the second period.

 

59 IN A WIN AGAIN

FSU scored just 59 points in its win over Miami marking the second time this season that the Seminoles have scored 59 points in a win over an ACC opponent.  FSU has scored below 60 points just two other times this season: a 59-49 win over Georgia Tech and a 72-57 loss to Florida. Before this season, the last time the Seminoles won a game when scoring below 60 points was on March 6, 2008 in a 57-52 win over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.

 

DAVIS-CAIN BARELY LEAVES THE COURT

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain didn’t get much rest against Miami. By game’s end, the Dawson, Ga. native had played a season-high 36 minutes.

 

ONE BOARD AWAY FROM ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Jacinta Monroe has now finished with nine rebounds and double-digit points in back-to-back games. If she had secured one more rebound in games against Clemson and Miami, Monroe would have added to her career total of 16 double-doubles. Monroe has seven this year after posting five double-doubles as a freshman and three last season during her sophomore campaign.

 

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

FSU’S one-point victory over Miami is now the 10th game under Sue Semrau that has been determined by the slimmest of margins and six of those have occurred in just the past three seasons. Her record in one-point games is now 7-3, with two of those losses coming against Maryland.

 

CLOSE BALL GAMES IN THE SEMRAU ERA

Jan. 8, 1998     W         64-63   Wake Forest

Jan. 12, 2000…………. L………….. 68-67……………… Maryland

Jan. 5, 2001…………… W…………. 66-65………… Georgia Tech

Dec. 19, 2001………… W…………. 62-61………………… Indiana

Jan. 18, 2007…………. W…………. 61-60……………… Clemson 

Dec. 27, 2007………… W…………. 52-51………………. Samford

Feb. 28, 2008………… W…………. 50-49………………….. Miami

March 24, 2008………. L………. 73-72(OT)…. Oklahoma State

Feb. 2, 2009…………… L………….. 72-71……………… Maryland

Feb. 22, 2009………… W…………. 59-58………………….. Miami

 

FSU AGAINST RANKED FOES

The Seminoles had achieved four-straight victories against top 25 opponents before the loss to No. 8 Maryland. The Seminoles beat No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke, and No. 24 Georgia Tech at home, but also beat No. 14 Virginia on the road in Charlottesville, Va. That victory marked the first time since 2005 that the Seminoles had beaten a ranked opponent in a true road game. In that season, Florida State defeated No. 23 Virginia Tech 81-78 in double overtime.  Florida State is now 5-2 on the season against ranked opponents, with its only losses coming against No. 1 UConn and No. 8 Maryland. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 25-145 in games played against ranked opponents after taking down No. 8 UNC. Thirteen of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.

 

THE DEFENSE HAS STEPPED IT UP

Florida State’s success this season can be directly attributed to their improved play on the defensive end. Compared to the 2006-07 season when the team finished the year 24-10 (10-4 in ACC) and set many new records for defense, this year’s squad has been even more impressive.

 

Category                            2006-07                    2008-09

Opp. points per game           61.3                          60.1

Opp. field goal pct.                .393                          .368

Opp. rebound avg.                34.7                          34.7

Opp. turnovers per game      17.1                          19.5

Opp. assists per game          12.6                          11.4          

 

MORE ON THE DEFENSE

Florida State is a perfect 16-0 this season when the team holds its opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field.

 

LOTS OF STEALS EQUALS WIN

With 11 steals against Clemson, the Seminoles moved to a perfect 9-0 in games where they garner at least 10 takeaways.

 

FRESHOUR CONTINUES TO MOVE UP THE LIST

Senior guard Mara Freshour continues to move up the list in the career games-played department. The Nashville, Ind. native is now in sole position of third place all-time in program history with 125 games played in her career and just one away from moving into a tie for second place.

 

Career Games Played

Career Record:             1. Glenda Stokes          130

                                    2. Alicia Gladden           126

                                    3. Mara Freshour        125

 

 

ANOTHER 20-WIN SEASON

Florida State has now recorded 20 or more wins in a season for the eighth time in school history and for the fourth time in the Sue Semrau era, including in four of the of the past five seasons.

 

ONLY ONE MORE TO GO IN UNDEFEATED QUEST

By defeating Clemson in its own gym, FSU moved to a perfect 9-0 in true road games this season. The Seminoles have never finished undefeated in road games during the season and have just one more to go before the ACC Tournament. FSU travels to play at Wake Forest on March 1 to close out the regular season.

 

MORE WINS THAN ALL OF LAST YEAR

FSU’s 23 wins this season is three more than the 19 victories the team earned all of last season. Since Sue Semrau inherited an FSU squad that was 5-22 overall – including 0-16 in the ACC in 2006-07 – she has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in the last 10 seasons including five-straight seasons of 17 or more wins. 

 

WARD MOVING UP THE ASSIST LIST

With an ACC-best 135 assists on the season, sophomore point guard Courtney Ward is now currently in a tie for sixth place in FSU single-season history for assists. The all-time single-season record in the category at FSU is 184 assists set by Shirley Silsby in the 1976-77 season.

 

ADDING ON TO A RECORD

FSU has already set the school record for most wins over a top-10 opponent in a season by beating No. 3 Texas A&M and No. 3 Duke. The win over No. 8 UNC adds to that staggering achievement.

 

DAVIS-CAIN HAS 62 3-POINTERS THIS YEAR

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 62 of her 3-point attempts this season, which is good enough for second all-time on the list of most triples made in a season. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 – a mark she set last year.

 

18.6 TURNOVERS PER GAME

The Seminoles are now averaging 18.6 turnovers per game after committing 17 giveaways against Miami. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU averaged 20+ turnovers per contest 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.

 

FSU Turnovers Per Game In Semrau Era

2008-09           18.6

2007-08           18.3     NCAA Tournament

2006-07           16.9     NCAA Tournament

2005-06           15.7     NCAA Tournament

2004-05           16.5     NCAA Tournament

2003-04           17.1

2002-03           18.5

2001-02           17.8

2000-01           17.8     NCAA Tournament

1999-00           21.6

1998-99           21.0

1997-98           24.6

 

Davis-Cain, freshour both OVER 1,000 POINTS

Senior guard Mara Freshour scored a game- and season-high 22 points against Boston College and by doing so became the 23rd player in Florida State history to reach 1,000 career points. Freshour’s accomplishment marks the second time this season an FSU player has reached that scoring plateau as fellow senior Tanae Davis-Cain hit 1,000 for her career in the game against UCF. Both Davis-Cain and Freshour are also Nos. 1 and 2 at FSU in most 3-pointers made in a career.

 

1,000-Point Club

Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,186

Mara Freshour: 1,049

 

Career Three-Pointers

1. Tanae Davis-Cain      183

2. Mara Freshour          157

 

WARD FROM LONG DISTANCE

Despite not hitting a 3-pointer in either of the wins over Clemson and Miami, Courtney Ward is still making her presence felt from behind the arc this season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 triples all season but already has 27 makes from long distance this year. Ward’s proficiency behind the three-point line has been some of the best the program has ever seen. She is currently shooting .500 (27-for-54) from behind the arc this season, and .415 (56-for-136) for her career. That would place her second on the all-time career list and first on single-season 3-point percentage ranks in FSU history.

 

Season three-point FG% (min 20 made)                    

1. Courtney Ward, 2008-09…………….. .500 (28 games)

2. Robin Storey, 1988-89……………………… .475 (27 games)

3. Mara Freshour, 2007-08……………… .429 (33 games) 

Career three-point FG%

1. Robin Storey, 1987-89……………………… .414 (54 games)

2. Courtney Ward, 2007-pres………….. .412 (61 games)

3. Mara Freshour, 2005-pres…………. .390 (124 games)

 

A LOOK AT THE SEMINOLE “D” IN THE ACC

Florida State has been getting it done on both ends of the floor this season in the ACC. In the 12 conference games that they have played, the Seminoles have averaged 71.1 points per game, while giving up just 62.1 points per game.

 

SHOOTING MORE TRIPLES IN ACC PLAY

Florida State has found its comfort zone behind the 3-point arc. In the first 16 games of the season, the Seminoles only shot 35.4 percent from 3-point range (75-for-212). Since the start of ACC play, though, FSU has shot 40.7 percent from behind the arc (77-for-189) and are making 6.4 3-pointers per game. Last year in conference play, FSU averaged 5.1 3-pointers per game.

 

FRESHOUR ON THE BOARDS

Mara Freshour has been doing an excellent job scoring in ACC games, posting 13.3 points per game. But if she or her teammates fail to convert a shot, she has been aggressive in grabbing offensive rebounds. Her 30 offensive boards in conference play gives her a 2.5 per game average, which is second on the team behind post-player Jacinta Monroe.

 

BRAVARD SHOOTS A HIGH PERCENTAGE

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has had a terrific rookie season so far as the Sandusky, Ohio native is fourth on the team with 9.9 points per game and has started 15 contests. Bravard, who has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors twice this year, is on pace to put her name in the FSU record books, too. Bravard ranks eighth all-time in single-season field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 96-for-171 on the season for a mark of .561.

 

FRESHOUR RECEIVES ACADEMIC HONOR

While she continues to help guide her team to one of the best seasons in program history, Florida State senior guard Mara Freshour is keeping the same on-court focus and determination going in the classroom. For the second year in a row, Freshour was recently named a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Second-Team selection. Boasting a 3.65 grade point average, Freshour is the first two-time recipient to receive this recognition.

 

THURSDAY NIGHT PERFECTION

While FSU is undefeated on the road this season, the Seminoles are also unblemished in another category: Thursday night games. By beating the Tigers, Florida State is now 7-0 in Thursday contests.

 

THIRD LOWEST 3-POINT PERCENTAGE OF YEAR

Florida State’s 25 percent shooting from 3-point range against Clemson was its third lowest of the season. Against UNF, FSU shot just 21.4 percent in the win and was just 22.2 percent from long range when the team lost to Florida.

 

SUCCESS FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE

The Seminoles made 26-of-34 attempts from the free throw line against Clemson. The last time they drained that many from the charity stripe in a game was when they went 26-of-40 against Florida on Nov. 24, 2006. 

 

MONROE SCORES MOST POINTS OF HER CAREER

Junior forward Jacinta Monroe’s stellar junior season hit another high note in the Seminoles’ win over Clemson. That’s because Monroe’s 24 points is a new career high in scoring, edging out her previous career-best of 23 points she scored against UAB in 2007.

 

FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES

Jacinta Monroe, Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Alysha Harvin all scored in double figures against Clemson, marking the 13th time this season that FSU has had at least four players score 10 points or more in a game. The Seminoles are 10-3 overall when that many players hit the double-digit scoring mark.

 

FRESHOUR WITH THE STEAL

Senior guard Mara Freshour posted a career-high six steals in the win at Clemson. Her previous career-best was four takeaways in a game, which also came against Clemson on Feb. 22, 2007.

 

UNC’S LOWEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE OF SEASON

In the postgame press conference after the FSU-UNC matchup on Feb. 13, North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell talked about how physical the Seminoles play and she was right because FSU earned the 77-70 win thanks in large part to a stout defense that limited the Tar Heels to just 32.3 percent shooting from the field – UNC’s lowest of the entire season.

 

NEW CAREER HIGH FOR GRAY

Junior guard Angel Gray achieved a new career high in scoring as she posted 14 points in the win over UNC. Gray’s previous career best was the 12 points she scored in the win over Mercer on Dec. 14.

 

ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR 2ND TIME

Florida State freshman Cierra Bravard was named last week’s ACC co-Rookie of the Week. It was the second such honor this season for the Sandusky, Ohio native. Bravard, who came off the bench and played just 20 minutes, recorded her first double-double in ACC play, and second in her career, with 16 points and 10 rebounds – both team-highs – to help the Seminoles to a 77-70 win over visiting No. 7/8 North Carolina on Feb. 13.

 

SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF BRAVARD’S CAREER

Cierra Bravard’s 16-point, 10-rebound performance marked the second time she has accrued a double-double in her career. The Sandusky, Ohio native posted 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Northern Colorado in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico in December.

 

LARGEST WOMEN’S CROWD EVER

The Donald L. Tucker Center was rocking when North Carolina came to town and a new school record for attendance was set. In total, 6,309 fans watched as the Seminoles took down the No. 7/8 Tar Heels. The second largest crowd ever then watched FSU slip past Miami, 59-58, on Jan. 22. There were 4,114 in attendance at the FSU-Miami game.

 

BUMPS, BRUISES, STITCHES – SO WHAT?

Senior guard Mara Freshour wasn’t about to let a sore left side and stitched-up right eye slow her down against North Carolina. FSU’s senior leader started Friday’s game nursing a bruised left side after crashing to the hardwood late in the team’s victory over Miami. Not only that, but Freshour had to play the game with stitches just above her right eye after she caught an elbow in practice on Thursday. So, how did the Nashville, Ind., native respond? She went out and played a team-high 34 minutes, scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists, and recorded two steals – that’s how.

 

GRAY’S UNLIKLELY TRIPLE PUTS FSU ON TOP FOR GOOD

Entering the game against No. 7/8 North Carolina, Angel Gray had made one three-pointer all season – a long-range jumpshot she hit way back in the Seminoles’ first game of the season in a win over Florida Gulf Coast. Gray hit her second triple of the year in the contest against the Tar Heels to give the Seminoles a 9-8 lead at the game’s 15:19 mark – a lead that the Seminoles would never relinquish in the upset victory.

 

MORE ON GRAY’S CAREER HIGH

Angel Gray is known for her defense but against North Carolina she put it together on the offensive end as well. Not only was her 14 points a new career high but it also marked the first time in 15 games that the Stone Mountain, Ga., native scored in double figures.

 

COACH SUE AND SAMARITAN’S FEET

In 2003, the organization Samaritan’s Feet was started with the goal to provide 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million impoverished people in 10 years and Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau wanted to help the cause. When the Seminoles hosted UNC, Semrau and members of her staff coached the game in their bare feet to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet. There have been many men’s basketball coaches involved in the project.  IUPUI men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter has coached barefoot in a game two-straight seasons.  Semrau is one of the first female coaches to get involved in the project and 242 pairs of new shoes were collected.

 

SEMINOLES VS. TOBACCO ROAD

Florida State is still undefeated this year against the “Tobacco Road” teams of North Carolina – Duke, NC State and UNC and still has to face Wake Forest. The Seminoles have already earned a win at NC State and at home against No. 3 Duke and are now 3-0 against these teams after beaing the Tar Heels. FSU will attempt to stay undefeated against these talented teams when they close out the 2008-09 regular season with a trip to play at Wake Forest on March 1. FSU has actually defeated all four teams in one season  once before during the  2000-01 season.

 

BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS

Head coach Sue Semrau went back to her most familiar lineup against Miami after switching things up against Boston College. Against the Eagles, true freshman Cierra Bravard started in place of junior Alysha Harvin while starters Jacinta Monroe, Mara Freshour, Tanae Davis-Cain and Courtney Ward remained the same. But against Miami, Semrau inserted Harvin back into the lineup in place of Bravard. That group of starters with Harvin in the lineup is now 12-1 while the group with Bravard boasts a 4-1 record.

 

SEASON-HIGH FOR “FRESH”

Senior guard Mara Freshour’s 22 points in the win over Boston College was her most of the season. Her previous high this year was the 21 she scored in the win over No. 3 Duke.

 

60 PERCENT FROM BEHIND THE ARC!

FSU’s 60 percent shooting from 3-point range against Boston College was its highest of the season. The previous high this year was the 56.3-percent that the Seminoles registered in the loss to No. 1 UConn in the Caribbean Classic.

 

THE AGONY OF DEFEAT

The Seminoles’ loss to Maryland sure must have felt strange to the players seeing as it had been over a month since their last loss. The last time that FSU came away with an “L” was in Cancun, Mexico way back on Dec. 21 to the undisputed No. 1 team in the country, UConn. The last time that the Seminoles had lost in the United States was even further back as that occurred on Nov. 29 when Valparaiso earned an upset in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

 

COACH SEMRAU IN OVERTIME

Seminoles’ head coach Sue Semrau is now 9-10 in games that require an extra five minutes after defeating No. 3 Duke 82-75. Of the 19 overtime games that she has coached in at the helm of the FSU women’s basketball program, 15 of those have been against ACC squads and she is 9-6 in those ballgames. Coach Semrau is 5-5 in overtime games at home, 4-2 on the road and 0-3 on a neutral basketball court.

 

GOING DOWNTOWN vs. virginia and maryland

Florida State connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers in the Virginia win and then made that many again in the loss to Maryland. FSU has now made more three-pointers than its opponents in 13 games this year. The 10 three-pointers in two games this year is the most by FSU since the Seminoles hit 10 triples vs. Clemson back in the 2004-05 season on February 9, 2005.  The Seminoles hit 10 triples in a game twice that year with 10 vs. Miami-Ohio on November 24, 2004.  FSU made nine three-pointers in five different games last season on its way to a program-best 182 triples.

 

PERFECTO!

With the win against Duke, Sue Semrau became perfect for the month of January for the first time in her career with a 7-0 record. This comes against arguably the hardest competition she’s faced during that month. The Seminoles had home wins against No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke (OT), No. 24 Georgia Tech and Clemson. They also had three tough road victories against No. 14 Virginia, Virginia Tech, and NC State. Her previous best January was in the 2006-07 season when she led FSU to a 6-2 mark.

 

MONKEY OFF HER BACK

FSU head coach Sue Semrau has accomplished a lot during her 12-year Seminole career but one thing she had never done was win at NC State. Well, that changed on Jan. 15 as her team earned a 64-59 victory at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. Semrau was 0-8 all-time in the Wolfpack’s home gym before earning the win.  With that victory, Semrau has now won at every ACC school.

 

BLOCKED!

The Seminoles recorded a season-high 10 blocks in the Virginia Tech win, which is the most blocks by an FSU team since 10 blocks vs. Miami on January 7th, 2007.  Nine blocks at Texas A&M was the season-best last year.

 

SEASON-TICKET SALES UP 63 PERCENT

Make no mistake about it, college basketball at Florida State University is getting more and more popular each season. The FSU marketing office reports that with a school-record 1,819 women’s basketball season tickets sales for the 2008-09 season, the Seminoles have now sold 63 percent more seats than they did a season ago. The previous high for season tickets was 1,119 during the 2006-07 season.

 

 

FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC

The ACC Preseason Poll was selected by the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives.

 

2008-09 ACC Preseason Poll

1. North Carolina (15 first place votes)

2. Maryland (11 first place votes)

3. Duke (14 first place votes)

4. Virginia (two first place votes)

5. Florida State

6. Georgia Tech

7. Boston College

8. NC State

9. Clemson

10. Virginia Tech

11. Miami

12. Wake Forest

 

SEMINOLES Sign Talented 2009 Prospect

FSU head coach Sue Semrau announced the signing of 6-foot-3 forward Chelsea Davis, a talented post player from Middletown, Delaware, to a national letter of intent. Davis has been one of the top girl’s high school basketball players in the entire northeast since she burst onto the scene two years ago.  She will enter her senior season as a three-year starter and has recorded 1,257 career points and 744 career rebounds.  She averaged 21.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a junior on her way to leading the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game.  A three-time all-state honoree, including first team honors in each of the last two seasons and honorable mention honors as a freshman, Davis has earned first team all-conference honors the last three seasons and has also been named the MVP of her team three straight years. Davis is ranked as the 35th-best post-player prospect in the entire country, according to Hoopgurlz.

 

Antionette Howard Leaves Team

Sophomore forward Antionette Howard decided to not play basketball at FSU and left the team in November.

 

 

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