July 21, 2011
Puerto Montt, Chile — Florida State head women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau is in Chile serving as an assistant coach for the USA U19 national team at the FIBA World Championships. Team USA begins their pursuit of a world championship in Group B play today at 1:30 versus Japan.
“It is always an honor when you are representing your country in any role and being a part of this coaching staff and working with this talented group of players is a special opportunity,” said Semrau. “We are excited to begin chasing a world championship after all the hard work we have put in to prepare for this day dating back to trials in May.”
The U.S. U19 team has won three straight gold medals at the world championships and the Americans have captured four of the last five world titles. Semrau was a member of the 2010 U18 FIBA Americas Championship staff and she will now look to help lead the U19 team to a world title.
“There are few things as exciting as the prospect of winning a world championship for the United States,” said Semrau. “We get started on that journey versus Japan and these players have put in a lot of hard work to prepare for this day.”
FSU’s Leonor Rodriguez Leads Spain To FIBA U20 European Championship
Florida State junior Leonor Rodriguez helped lead her Spanish team to a silver medal at the last U20 European Championships averaging 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. This time around there was no runner-up medal for the Seminole guard. Rodriguez scored nine points and had five rebounds in 24 minutes in the Spain’s championship game victory over Russia capturing the gold medal for her home country. Spain was undefeated in the tournament and Rodriguez played a major part averaging almost 9 points per game and 6 rebounds. The Canary Islands native was a candidate for the FIBA Europe Young Women’s Player of the Year in 2010.