March 11, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State women’s basketball team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play Tulane on Friday, March 16th in Ames, Iowa. The Seminoles (18-11) are a No. 7 seed while the Green Wave (22-9) is a No. 10 seed.
“Obviously this is a very exciting time for Florida State women’s basketball,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “I am so pleased with the progress of our program and with this team in particular who has been together since the month of August. Being together for eight months is something that is a real advantage for us on the floor, but often times, is a disadvantage when you talk about being together for so long. They’ve really responded well and are very deserving of this tournament berth.”
Florida State will be making its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance and first in 10 years. Tulane, the Conference USA automatic qualifier, will be making its seventh NCAA Tourney appearance. The Green Wave has advanced into NCAA tournament play every year since 1995.
“Tulane’s got a great basketball program,” Semrau said. “Conference USA is a tough conference. Lisa Stockton has done a tremendous job year in and year out with her program. I know that she’s a great coach and it will be a great basketball game.
“Going up to Ames will be exciting because it is such a great basketball town. They really get behind their program and obviously a program that wins the Big 12 Tournament is very outstanding in a lot of different ways so we are excited to go up there and see what we can do.”
The Atlantic Coast Conference, which is ranked second nationally in the RPI rankings, has six teams advancing to the tournament, second only to the SEC who has seven teams represented in the tournament.
“I think that a lot of teams have respect for the ACC,” senior co-captain Brooke Wyckoff said, “and I hope they include us in that respect. It’s a great conference.”
QUOTING THE SEMINOLES
Junior guard April Traylor
On the announcement: “It was really exciting for me just to see our name up there. The whole day, I wasn’t really nervous about it until we got here and I saw Maryland and Virginia and my heart kind of dropped. My heart really dropped as soon as I saw Florida State up there. It was really exciting and the happiness and the energy in the room were just fantastic. It was fun.”
On playing Tulane: “It will be something new. They don’t know anything about us and we don’t know anything about them. It’s time to go to the film room and find out some stuff about them. It will be fun for us to play somebody different than the ACC. It will be a different kind of ball game and it will be fun and exciting.”
On being the first FSU team in 10 years to make the NCAA Tourney: “It’s awesome, but it’s kind of sad that it has taken 10 years. We are building a foundation here and hopefully now it will be consecutive years and not just one every 10 years.”
Senior wing Brooke Wyckoff
On the announcement: “It was just a big surge of excitement. I wasn’t too terribly nervous, so it wasn’t like a huge relief, it was just `Wow, we’ve finally done it. It’s not just talk, it’s up on the screen.'”
On playing Tulane and being a No. 7 seed: “Obviously our goal was just to get into the tournament. It’s great that we are a seven-seed. I think it’s going to be fun and a great challenge to play teams that we really don’t know anything about.
Head Coach Sue Semrau
On what this means to the program: “This is also so exciting because of the courage of the players who came to Florida State to make a difference and to be a part of something special and this is something special. NCAA Tournament berths are something every program strives for. There are over 300 teams that start at the beginning of the year hoping that they will be invited to this tournament, and to be one of those participants is an exciting and very rewarding honor.”