Nov. 20, 2011
TALLHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – After opening the season with four games on the road, the No. 19/21-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team is finally coming home.
|Monday, November 21st – 7:00 p.m. EST|
|Donald L. Tucker Center | Tallahassee, FL|
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The Seminoles (2-2) host Georgia State (0-1) on Monday at 7 p.m. ET in the 2011-12 season’s home opener at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
A live web stream will be available on Semioles.com. The game will air live on the radio on 100.7 FM WGLA and Seminoles.com.
Florida State faced one of the toughest opening stretches of any team in the country during its first four games. The Seminoles played three consecutive contests against BCS conference opponents over three days at the WBI Tip-Off Classic in Daytona Beach from Nov. 11-13. After defeating USF (62-49) and Minnesota (68-56), FSU dropped a close contest to Arkansas (55-52).
After the Tip-Off event, Florida State was right back on the road, headed to face interstate rival Florida in Gainesville last Thursday. The Gators were too much on their home floor, as the Noles fell 72-58.
“We’re glad to finally being playing at home,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “We faced four solid teams from big-time conferences on the road to open the season. We put together a challenging opening schedule that will make us better down the line. We are excited to be back at the Tucker Center.”
Georgia State hung tough with Arizona, falling 79-66, in Atlanta on Nov. 13. Sophomore Kendra Long led the Panthers with 18 points against the Wildcats. Long led the team with 57 three-pointers in 2010-11 and was an All-Colonial Athletic Association Rookie Team selection last season. The Panthers returned six letterwinners from last season’s 12-19 team.
Preseason All-America senior post Cierra Bravard scored 22 points and grabbed nine boards on Thursday night despite constant double- and triple-teams from the Gators. Sophomore forward Natasha Howard added her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards. Aside from Bravard and Howard, the rest of the Seminoles shot just 20 percent (6 of 30) from the field.
Bravard leads FSU in scoring (14.0 ppg) and shooting (54.1 percent). Juniors Chasity Clayton (10.0 ppg) and Alexa Deluzio (10.0 ppg) are also scoring in double figures, while Howard is averaging 8.5 ppg and a team-best 10.3 rpg.
Florida State holds a 2-1 record all-time against Georgia State, winning the last meeting 66-53 in 2009-10 in Atlanta. FSU is 5-2 all-time against current CAA teams.
Monday’s matchup begins a three-game home stand for the Noles. FSU hosts No. 9/10 Louisville on Friday at 7 p.m. before welcoming Nebraska at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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