Aug. 28, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau released her team’s 2009-10 schedule on Friday, a slate that will potentially feature 14 NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. The Seminoles will appear in six televised games, including a nationally televised contest at Maryland on ESPN2 to conclude the regular season February 28.
“Each year we try to put ourselves in the position to be successful in both ACC play and the postseason by putting together a strong, competitive non-conference schedule,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “This season we have the chance to play a number of teams that competed for postseason championships last year.”
The Seminoles will host defending national champion Connecticut in the marquee matchup of the non-conference schedule. In addition to the Huskies, Florida State will welcome a trio of NCAA Tournament teams to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Auburn, Western Carolina and Temple.
The 2009-10 schedule will feature six games against in-state opponents. The Seminoles will host North Florida in the season opener before making the trek to Gainesville to take on Florida. FSU will return home three days later to host Stetson before traveling to UCF. The Seminoles will also be facing Miami in a home and home series throughout the ACC season.
Florida State captured the ACC regular season title a year ago as the Seminoles went 26-8 overall and 12-2 in conference play earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The trip to the tournament was the fourth-straight for the Seminoles who finished the season ranked No. 12 in the AP poll, the highest ranking in school history. The Seminoles will take on eight teams that finished 2009 ranked in the top 25, including No. 1 ranked Connecticut, No. 3 Maryland, No. 6 Duke, No. 8 Auburn, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 22 Florida and No. 24 Virginia twice.
FSU could also take on No. 21 Kansas State in a deep field at the UNLV Duel in the Desert tournament (Dec. 19-21). The Seminoles open up against UT-San Antonio and have the potential to take on Kansas State, NCAA tournament teams DePaul and VCU and WNIT participant Arkansas. Florida State will also host a tournament of its own over Thanksgiving weekend as the Seminoles host Auburn and Missouri.
The Seminoles were road warriors a year ago posting a perfect 10-0 record, including a 7-0 mark in ACC play. Florida State will face a daunting ACC road schedule in 2010 that features trips to NCAA Tournament teams: Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia and a season finale at Maryland. The ACC home slate will feature Virginia, NC State, Boston College, Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami.
“As is the case year in and year out the ACC will be one of the toughest conferences in the country,” Semrau said. “Playing on the road at Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Tech and wrapping up at Maryland will truly test our basketball team.”
Seven letterwinners return for the 2009-10 season, including three starters. Second Team All-ACC selection Jacinta Monroe returns as the team’s leading scorer as the senior poured in 13.1 points per game a year ago and pulled down a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. Also returning for Semrau are starting guards Alysha Harvin (7.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg) and Courtney Ward (7.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg). Ward returns as one of the top point guards in the conference as the junior led the league with 170 assists a year ago. A pair of freshmen, Chelsea Davis (6-3, F, Townsend, Del.) and Leonor Rodriguez (5-10, G, Las Palmas, Spain), will join the squad this fall and will look to make an immediate impact for the Seminoles.
The Seminoles tip off November 1 against Valdosta State in an exhibition at 2 p.m.