October 27, 2016 - by

Women’s Hoops Ranked 12th

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team is ranked 12th in the USA TODAY Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Thursday. It is its third-highest preseason ranking since the poll began in the 1985-86 season.

The Seminoles join fellow Atlantic Coast Conference schools Notre Dame (second), Louisville (eighth), Syracuse (13th) and Miami (20th) in the preseason poll. Aside from the four ranked conference opponents, three non-conference opponents are also ranked in top-rated Connecticut, Texas (tied for sixth) and Florida (24th).

Of FSU’s eight games this season against the preseason-ranked competition, six are at home vs. UConn (Nov. 14), Florida (Dec. 8), Louisville (Jan. 12), Syracuse (Jan. 19), Miami (Feb. 6) and Texas (Feb. 13).

Florida State returns three starters in senior guards Leticia Romero and Brittany Brown and forward Ivey Slaughter. Four other key returnees include junior forward Shakayla Thomas, senior center Kai James, sophomore forward Maria Conde and junior center Ama Degbeon.

The Seminoles’ six new additions have contributed to their high expectations this season. Junior center Chatrice White was named to the ACC’s Newcomer Watch List after having two fine seasons in the Big Ten Conference. A seventh-rated recruiting class full of play-makers gives FSU quality depth, including guards Nicole Ekhomu, A’Tyanna Gaulden, Nausia Woolfolk and forwards Jasmine Walker and Iho Lopez.

Head Coach Sue Semrau has been able to keep Florida State among the nation’s elite, evidenced by the program’s 33rd consecutive appearance in the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll. FSU hopes to break the program record of 48 straight showings in the poll that lasted from Jan. 19, 2009 to Nov 14, 2011.

What has helped FSU become poll mainstays over the last two seasons has been its proficiency on the glass. In each of the last two years, the Seminoles have finished in the nation’s Top 10 in rebound margin, which has also helped them rank among the Top 10 in scoring margin in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

FSU will host its one and only exhibition of the season on Sunday, Nov. 6, against St. Francis (Illinois) at 2 p.m. The game will be a family reunion of sorts for FSU freshman guard Nicole Ekhomu, who is from Bolingbrook, Ill., and whose older sister Christina Ekhomu is a junior guard on the team.

The Seminoles’ season opener is a special Veteran’s Day tip time of 12:30 p.m. vs. Jacksonville State on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Gameday promotions for the season opener will be announced early next week.

Season tickets for the 2016-17 season are also on sale. Tickets are once again very affordable and come with excellent perks for both reserved section and general admission seat holders. Find out more information on season tickets by going onto Seminoles.com or by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

Women’s Hoops Ranked 12th

Last week’s         First-place

Rank      School (record)                    Points                    rank                   votes

1.           Connecticut (38-0)                 755                           1                        18

2.           Notre Dame (33-2)                739                           6                          8

3.           South Carolina (33-2)            712                           5                          3

4.           Baylor (36-2)                         709                           4                          2

5.           Maryland (31-4)                     603                           9                          0

6. (Tie)  Ohio State (26-8)                   594                           10                        0

6. (Tie)  Texas (31-5)                           594                           7                          1

8.           Louisville (26-8)                    586                           14                        0

9.           UCLA (26-9)                         481                           13                        0

10.         Stanford (27-8)                      467                           11                        0

11.         Mississippi State (28-8)         446                           18                        0

12.         Florida State (25-8)                431                           12                        0

13.         Syracuse (30-8)                      394                           3                          0

14.         Tennessee (22-14)                 360                           19                        0

15.         Washington (26-11)               352                           8                          0

16.         Arizona State (26-7)              321                           16                        0

17.         Oregon State (32-5)               255                           2                          0

18.         Oklahoma (22-11)                 235                           23                        0

19.         Kentucky (25-8)                     227                           15                        0

20.         Miami (Fla.) (24-9)                179                           24                        0

21.         DePaul (27-9)                        173                           17                        0

22.         Michigan State (25-9)            167                           21                        0

23.         Texas A&M (22-10)              123                           20                        0

24.         Florida (22-9)                         101                           not ranked           0

25.         West Virginia (25-10)              76                           25                        0

Dropped out:

No. 22 South Florida (24-10).

Others receiving votes: South Florida (24-10) 65; Indiana (21-12) 51; South Dakota State (27-7) 38; Colorado State (31-2) 17; Missouri (22-10) 17; Duke (20-12) 16; Auburn (20-13) 14; Creighton (17-18) 10; Michigan (21-14) 10; Western Kentucky (27-7) 10; St. John’s (23-10) 9; Northwestern (18-17) 7; Oklahoma State (21-10) 7; Wisconsin-Green Bay (28-5) 7; Pennsylvania (24-5) 6; Georgia (21-10) 5; North Carolina State (20-11) 5; California (15-17) 4; Temple (23-12) 4; Brigham Young (26-7) 3; Iowa (19-14) 3; Duquesne (28-6) 2; George Washington (26-7) 2; Gonzaga (19-14) 2; Oregon (24-11) 2; Drake (23-10) 1; Georgia Tech (20-13) 1; Troy (20-13) 1; Tulane (23-12) 1.

The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2016-17 season: Zenarae Antoine, Texas State; Mary Burke, Bryant; Cara Consuegra, Charlotte; Jamie Craighead, San Jose State; Kristy Curry, Alabama; Bradley Davis, Pacific; Denise Dillon, Drexel; Brittney Ezell, East Tennessee State; Jose Fernandez, South Florida; Jason Flowers, Cal State Northridge; Darrick Gibbs, North Florida; LeDawn Gibson, Florida A&M; Kellie Harper, Missouri State; DeUnna Hendrix, High Point; Quentin Hillsman, Syracuse; Ali Jaques, Siena; Carolyn Kieger, Marquette; Jim Littell, Oklahoma State; Greg McCall, Cal State Bakersfield; David Midlick, Austin Peay; Regina Miller, Illinois-Chicago; Mike Neighbors, Washington; Brenda Nichols, Sam Houston State; Courtney Pruitt, Alcorn State; Aaron Roussell, Bucknell; Brady Sallee, Ball State; Wendy Schuller, Eastern Washington; Michael Shafer, Richmond; Dayna Smith, Cornell; Phil Stern, Maryland-Baltimore County; Maren Walseth, North Dakota State; Coquese Washington, Penn State.

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