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Sweet Sixteen Showdown

March 26, 2010

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The Florida State women’s basketball team held its homecourt advantage this past weekend and earned a trip to Dayton, Ohio for the Sweet 16.



#3 Florida State (28-5)(12-2) vs. #7 Miss State (21-12)(9-7)

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 (2:30 p.m. EST)

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     Stats Comparison FSUMiss. State
     Points Per Game74.570.7
     Scoring Margin+ 14.8+ 10.3
     FG Percentage.445.411
     3P Percentage.382.322
     FT Percentage.717.680
     Rebounds Per Game41.939.6
     Rebound Margin+ 7.2+ 0.3
     Assists Per Game15.614.8
     Turnovers Per Game19.115.7
     Steals Per Game8.89.4
     Blocks Per Game4.23.9


     Florida State
    Stat Leaders
     Mississippi State
     J. Monroe13.1Points PG17.6
     A. Rack
     J. Monroe239Rebounds237
     C. Mokango
     C. Ward185Assists148
     A. Rack
     C. Ward68Steals87
     A. Lumanu
     J. Monroe69Blocks79
     C. Mokango

    The Seminoles have ratcheted up the defense once again as La Tech and St. John’s shot a combined 36.3 percent from the field in the opening two rounds, including a pedestrian 8.3 percent (2-24) from long distance.

    The two-headed monster of Courtney Ward and Jacinta Monroe has carried the Seminoles the second half of the season and the pair have continued their strong play in the NCAA Tournament.

    Monroe scored 6 of the final 8 Seminole points of regulation and overtime and had her junior point guard to thank for the majority of easy buckets.

    Ward set both the career and single-season assist marks against St. John’s as she dished out nine assists in the win. Ward assisted on the final five buckets of the game for the Seminoles in the second round.

    The Matchup

    Series – Mississippi State leads 3-2

    Last Meeting – at MSU 65, FSU 60 – November 30, 2007

    The Coaches

    Florida State – Sue Semrau, 13th year

    Career Record – 211-164

    At Florida State – Same

    Mississippi State – Sharon Fanning-Otis, 15th year

    Career Record – 577-424

    At Mississippi State – 254-198

    In the Rankings

    Florida State – AP – 11; Coaches – 11

    Mississippi State – AP – NR ; Coaches – NR

    On the Air

    Radio – WNLS • 1270 AM •

    Talent – Ryan Pensy, Melissa Bruner

    TV – ESPN2

    Talent – Bob Wischusen, Stephanie White and Rebecca Lobo

    Scouting Mississippi State

    • The Bulldogs enter the regional semifinals after upsetting No. 2 seed Ohio State in impressive fashion, 87-67, Tuesday night.

    • Leading MSU this season has been senior guard Alexis Rack who is averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game on the season.

    • Rack poured in a game-high 30 points against the Buckeyes in the second round, after tallying a game-high 21 against Middle Tennessee in the opening round.

    • The Bulldogs are making their first appearance in the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

    • All five starters are averaging 11.0 points or more for the Lady Bulldogs this season, but no reserves are averaging better than 4.0 points per contest.

    • The Lady Bulldogs finished third in the SEC behind fellow Sweet 16 participants Tennessee and Kentucky.

    Last Time Out

    • Monroe scored Florida State’s final four points of regulation to spark a last-ditch rally, then scored the gamewinner with 28.9 seconds left as the Seminoles beat St. John’s 66-65 in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament on Monday night – a game featuring 19 ties and 19 lead changes.

    • The Seminoles improved to 21-0 on the season when they hold their opponent to below 40 percent shooting. St. John’s shot 38.7 percent from the floor. FSU held both opponents below 40 percent in the opening rounds.

    • FSU was outrebounded for just the sixth time all season and had a six-game streak snapped against the Red Storm.

    • The Seminoles attempted just 12 free throws in the win, the second fewest this season.

    The Seminoles In The NCAA Tournament

    • FSU is 8-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament having earned a bid to the big dance the last six seasons.

    • Under head coach Sue Semrau the Seminoles are 7-6 winning every opening round contest that they have been a part of.

    • FSU opened the 2009 tournament with an 83-71 win over No. 14 seed North Carolina A&T in Duluth, Ga. before No. 6 seed Arizona State pulled off the upset 63-58.

    • This season the Seminoles advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history.

    • The Seminoles garnered a No. 3 seed for the second straight season marking the highest seed in school history.

    • FSU All-Time Tournament Seeds:

    2010 #3 Dayton

    2009 #3 Trenton

    2008 #11 New Orleans

    2007 #10 Stanford

    2006 #6 San Antonio

    2005 #6 Midwest

    2001 #7 Midwest

    1991 #5 Mideast

    1990 #10 East

    1983 #5 Mideast


    Mississippi 86, FSU 76

    University, Miss.


    Penn State 83, FSU 73

    Tallahassee, Fla.

    FSU 96, Appalachian State 57

    Tallahassee, Fla.

    Western Kentucky 72, FSU 69

    Bowling Green, Ky.


    FSU 72, Tulane 70

    Iowa State 85, FSU 70

    Ames, Iowa


    FSU 87, Richmond 54

    Connecticut 70, FSU 52

    Storrs, Conn.


    FSU 80, Louisiana Tech 71

    Stanford 88, 70

    Denver, Colo.


    FSU 85, Old Dominion 75

    FSU 63, Stanford 61

    Stanford, Calif.

    Sweet Sixteen

    LSU 55, FSU 43

    Fresno, Calif.


    FSU 60, Ohio State 49

    Oklahoma St. 73, FSU 72 (OT)

    Des Moines, Iowa


    FSU 83, NC A&T 71

    Arizona State 63, FSU 58

    Duluth, Ga.


    FSU 75, Louisiana Tech 61

    FSU 66, St. John’s 65 (OT)

    Tallahassee, Fla.

    * – Wins were vacated February 2010

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