March 26, 2010
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.
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.
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.
Series – Mississippi State leads 3-2
Last Meeting – at MSU 65, FSU 60 – November 30, 2007
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 Seminoles.com
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
Penn State 83, FSU 73
FSU 96, Appalachian State 57
Western Kentucky 72, FSU 69
Bowling Green, Ky.
FSU 72, Tulane 70
Iowa State 85, FSU 70
FSU 87, Richmond 54
Connecticut 70, FSU 52
FSU 80, Louisiana Tech 71
Stanford 88, 70
FSU 85, Old Dominion 75
FSU 63, Stanford 61
LSU 55, FSU 43
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
FSU 75, Louisiana Tech 61
FSU 66, St. John’s 65 (OT)
* – Wins were vacated February 2010