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Braving the Cold: No. 15/19 FSU Plays at Boston College on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Feb. 4, 2009

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15/19 Florida State women’s basketball team is set to travel to snowy Massachusetts for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with Boston College (16-5, 5-2 ACC) Thursday at 7 p.m.


The Seminoles (18-5, 6-1 ACC) are looking to get back to their winning ways after losing to No. 8/11 Maryland, 72-71, on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Prior to the loss to the Terrapins, FSU had rattled off nine-straight victories and was the only unblemished team in league play.

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Thursday’s game could feature some history being made as senior guard Mara Freshour could become the 23rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. The Nashville, Ind. native and team captain is 14 points away from reaching the milestone. In addition to Freshour, junior forward Jacinta Monroe could get close to setting a new school record for most blocks in a career. With 204 career blocks, Monroe is just five shy of tying former Seminole Brooke Wycoff’s all-time career record of 209 swats.


The FSU-Boston College game is not televised so those Seminole fans that are interested in following all the action can go to Seminoles.com where play-by-play radio announcer Ryan Pensy and Sports Information Director Brandon Mellor will be sitting courtside detailing everything that takes place inside the Silvio O. Conte Forum. Fans will have access to live updating information as well as the ability to ask questions and share their thoughts about the game.


As always, the game will also be live on the radio at AM 1270 The Team and on Seminoles.com.


COUNTDOWN TO 200: Three More to Go
In her 12th season at the helm of the Florida State women’s basketball program, head coach Sue Semrau is on the verge of accomplishing a terrific career milestone. After defeating No. 3-ranked Duke in overtime, Semrau now boasts 197 victories in her FSU coaching career and is within grasp of win No. 200. Semrau is already used to making a little magic happen at FSU as she became the program’s winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record is 197-157.

Florida State and Boston College don’t have too storied of a history but the series history dates back quite a few years. The first time that the two programs met was during the 1979-80 season when FSU earned an 81-75 victory over the Eagles. That early victory was a sign of things to come as the Seminoles have never lost to Boston College and  are a perfect 4-0. FSU and Boston College have met three times since the Eagles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

1979-80    W    81-75    (H)
2005-06    W    71-60    (H)
2006-07    W    72-53    (A)
2007-08    W    71-65    (H)

Florida State earned a 71-65 victory over Boston College at home in the only meeting between the two programs last season. In that game, Tanae Davis-Cain posted a game-high 20 points while Mara Freshour and Alysha Harvin added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

71.0    POINTS    71.4
.427     FG%    .451
.383    3 FG%    .347
.658    FT%    .682
41.9    REBOUNDS    42.3
13.3    ASSISTS    17.1
18.7    TURNOVERS    19.3
8.1    STEALS    8.2
4.7    BLOCKS    3.7

Florida State’s No. 15 ranking in this week’s Associated Press poll is the highest ranking in program history.  FSU has spent five weeks in the AP Top 25 this season (two at the beginning of the season and three currently) which is also a program record.  The Seminoles are also ranked No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll.

Entering the matchup with No. 8 Maryland, FSU was one of the hottest teams in the United States as the Seminoles had rattled off nine-straight wins and were a perfect 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.    But against the Terrapins that winning streak came to an end when Maryland guard Kristi Tolliver hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 72-71 victory.  The nine-game winning streak ranks as one of Florida State’s longest streaks in program history.  In 2004-05, the Seminoles opened the season with 12 straight victories – a program best.  In the 1981-82, 1982-83 and 1990-91 seasons, FSU recorded 10-win streaks.

The Seminoles loss to Maryland sure must have felt strange to the players seeing as it had been over a month since their last loss. The last time that FSU came away with an “L” was in Cancun, Mexico way back on Dec. 21 to the undisputed No. 1 team in the country, UConn. The last time that the Seminoles had lost in the United States was even further back as that occurred over two months ago on Nov. 29 when Valparaiso earned an upset in the Coors Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.

Before being stunned by Maryland, FSU’s victory over No. 3 Duke earned the program its first-ever six-game winning streak in ACC play.

If No. 8 Maryland hadn’t escaped with a last-second shot to win the game, FSU would have tied the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five. The only time that the Seminoles have accomplished such a feat occurred during the 1992-93 season. FSU has earned wins over No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 25 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Virginia and No. 3 Duke this season.

Monday’s loss to No. 8 Maryland marked the first loss all season for FSU’s starting lineup of Jacinta Monroe, Alysha Harvin, Courtney Ward, Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour. FSU is now 8-1 when that group of five starts a ballgame.

Florida State’s one-point loss to No. 8 Maryland is now the ninth game under Sue Semrau that has been determined by the slimmest of margins and five of those have occurred in just the past three seasons. Her record in one-point games is now 6-3, with two of those losses coming against Maryland.

Jan. 8, 1998    W    64-63    Wake Forest
Jan. 12, 2000    L    68-67    Maryland
Jan. 5, 2001    W    66-65    Georgia Tech
Dec. 19, 2001    W    62-61    Indiana
Jan. 18, 2007    W    61-60    Clemson    Dec. 27, 2007    W    52-51    Samford
Feb. 28, 2008    W    50-49    Miami
March 24, 2008    L    73-72(OT)    Oklahoma State
Feb. 2, 2009    L    72-71    Maryland

Florida State’s 18 wins already surpasses the regular season total from the 2007-08 season (17). It is also the second-fastest the team has gotten to 18 wins under Sue Semrau. The Seminoles notched their 18th win of the 2004-05 season on Jan. 24 with a double overtime victory at Virginia Tech, on their way to a 23-6 regular season record. There are only two other times under Coach Sue Semrau that FSU has gotten this many regular season wins. In 2006-07, FSU had 21 wins (No. 18 was on Feb. 9 against Georgia Tech), and in 2005-06 the Seminoles had 19 wins (No. 18 was on Feb. 23 against Wake Forest).
Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain already became the 22nd player in Seminole history to score at least 1,000 points in a career when she accomplished that milestone against UCF. Now its fellow senior Mara Freshour’s turn. Freshour is just 14 points away from reaching 1,000 points after registering 11 against Duke. Both Davis-Cain and Freshour are also Nos. 1 and 2 in most 3-pointers made in a Seminoles career.

1,000-Point Club
Tanae Davis-Cain: 1,114
Mara Freshour: 986

Career 3-Pointers
1. Tanae Davis-Cain    172
2. Mara Freshour    149

FSU’s 18 wins this season are just one shy of last year’s total wins (19).  Since Sue Semrau inherited an FSU squad that was 5-22 overall – including 0-16 in the ACC in 2006-07 – she has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in the last 10 seasons including five-straight seasons of 17 or more wins. 

Jacinta Monroe has led the Seminoles in blocked shots over the past two seasons and is steadily climbing the ranks in her quest to become arguably the greatest shot-blocker in program history. With a game-high two blocks against No. 8 Maryland, Monroe now has a team-best 63 swats this season and is just 17 blocks away from tying the FSU single-season record of 80 blocks set by Brooke Wyckoff during the 1997-98 season. Monroe now has 204 career blocked shots and is just six shy of breaking Wyckoff’s all-time career record of 209 she set from 1997-2001. Monroe is averaging 2.7 blocks per game this season.

Florida State has recently found its comfort zone behind the 3-point arc. In the first 16 games of the season, the Seminoles only shot 35.4 percent from 3-point range (75-for-212). Since the start of ACC play, though, FSU has shot 43.6 percent from behind the arc (51-for-117) – good enough for an average of 7.3 three-pointers per game. Last year in conference play, the Seminoles only averaged 5.1 three-pointers per game.

Florida State prides itself on defense and the past three games against stellar offensive teams have not been easy to say the least. Prior to FSU’s victory over No. 14 Virginia, the Seminoles hadn’t allowed more than 63 points in any ACC game. But against the Cavaliers, FSU gave up 75 points and then gave up that many in the win over No. 3 Duke. With 72 points allowed against No. 8 Maryland, FSU has given up an average of 73.7 ppg compared to just 56.3 ppg the first four games of the ACC schedule.

Senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain has made 51 of her 3-point attempts this season, which is good enough for a tie for fourth place all-time in the FSU record books for completed triples in a season. Davis-Cain already finds her name on that list as her 52 three-pointers in the 2006-07 season is good enough for third all-time and her 49 last season is fifth. Senior guard Mara Freshour owns the Seminole record for most treys in a season with 66 – a mark she set last year.

The Seminoles head north to play at Boston College boasting a perfect record on the road this season. By beating Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 23, the Seminoles moved to a perfect 6-0 in opponents’ home gyms. In addition to winning at UVA, FSU has won at UNF, Temple, LSU, Virginia Tech and NC State.

Senior guard Mara Freshour continues to move up the list in the career games-played department. The Nashville, Ind., native is now tied with Sue Galkantas and Ganiyat Adeduntan for sixth place all-time in program history with 120 games played in her career. Freshour won’t be finished there, however, as it’s very likely she will become the new record holder in this category before her senior season is complete as Glenda Stokes’ FSU record of 130 games is within reach.

Career Games Played
Career Record:    1. Glenda Stokes    130
            2. Alicia Gladden    126
            3. LeeVayne Oliver    122
                Holly Johnson    122
            5. Shante Wiliams    121
            6. Sue Galkantas    120
                Ganiyat Adeduntan    120
               Mara Freshour    120

Florida State turned the ball over less than its average against Maryland as the Seminoles had just 15 turnovers in the loss. The Seminoles are now averaging 18.9 turnovers per game. In the Sue Semrau era, FSU averaged 20+ turnovers per contest in her first three seasons. In each of her NCAA Tournament seasons, FSU has averaged no more than 18.3 turnovers per game and that was last season.

FSU Turnovers Per Game In Semrau Era
2008-09    18.9
2007-08    18.3    NCAA Tournament
2006-07    16.9    NCAA Tournament
2005-06    15.7    NCAA Tournament
2004-05    16.5    NCAA Tournament
2003-04    17.1
2002-03    18.5
2001-02    17.8
2000-01    17.8    NCAA Tournament
1999-00    21.6
1998-99    21.0
1997-98    24.6

Florida State is now 14-5 when turning the ball over at least 15 times after giving the ball away that many times against the Terrapins. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Seminoles are a perfect 4-0 when keeping the turnovers under 15.

By securing 36 rebounds compared to FSU’s 34, No. 8 Maryland became just the fifth team all season to outrebound the Seminoles. FSU is now 2-3 in games when they are outrebounded.

…The largest lead that either team had in the game was five as both teams experienced a five-point advantage at one point in the game.
…FSU turned the ball over just 15 times after turning it over 18 times in the win over No. 3 Duke.
…Both teams scored 16 points apiece off of turnovers.
…The lead changed a staggering 14 times in the game.
…The Seminoles dominated Maryland in second-chance points, 24-10.

If season history was any guide, it appeared as though the Seminoles would be in good shape after taking a 40-39 lead into halftime against No. 8 Maryland. That’s because FSU entered that game boasting a 14-0 record when in the lead at the break. FSU is now 14-1 after falling to a Terrapins squad that outscored the Seminoles 33-31 in the final 20 minutes. The Seminoles are also 2-1 when tied at halftime and 2-3 when trailing at intermission.

With her three 3-pointers against Maryland, Courtney Ward now has now made 26 treys on the season. In her rookie year a season ago, Ward made just 29 all season. Courtney Ward’s proficiency behind the 3-point line has been some of the best the program has ever seen. She is currently shooting .565 (26-46) from behind the arc this season, and .421 (54-for-128) for her career. That would place her at the top of the all-time career and single-season 3-point percentage ranks.

Season 3-point FG% (min 20 made)           
1. Courtney Ward, 2008-09    .565 (23 games)
2. Robin Storey, 1988-89    .475 (27 games)
3. Mara Freshour, 2007-08    .429 (33 games)   
Career 3-point FG%
1. Courtney Ward, 2007-pres    .421 (56 games)
2. Robin Storey, 1987-89    .414 (54 games)
3. Mara Freshour, 2005-pres    .388 (120 games)

GOING DOWNTOWN vs. virginia and maryland
Florida State connected on a season-high 10 three-pointers in the Virginia win and then made that many again in the loss to Maryland. FSU has now made more 3-pointers than its opponents in 11 games this year. The 10 three-pointers in two games this year is the most by FSU since the Seminoles hit 10 triples vs. Clemson back in the 2004-05 season on February 9, 2005.  The Seminoles hit 10 triples in a game twice that year with 10 vs. Miami-Ohio on November 24, 2004.  FSU made nine 3-pointers in five different games last season on its way to a program-best 182 triples for the season. 

The Seminoles had achieved four-straight victories against top 25 opponents before the loss to No. 8 Maryland. The Seminoles beat No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke, and No. 24 Georgia Tech at home, but also beat No. 14 Virginia on the road in Charlottesville, Va. That victory marked the first time since 2005 that the Seminoles had beaten a ranked opponent in a true road game. In that season, Florida State defeated No. 23 Virginia Tech 81-78 in double overtime.  Florida State is now 4-2 on the season against ranked opponents, with its only losses coming against No. 1 UConn and No. 8 Maryland. In the history of the program, the Seminoles are 24-145 in games played against ranked opponents. Twelve of those wins have occurred in the Semrau era.

Sophomore Courtney Ward had a career night against the No. 3 Blue Devils. While leading the team with a career-high 42 minutes played, she scored 11 points and added a career-high 10 assists, marking the first double-double of her career. Ward’s 10 assists marked the first time a Seminole has registered double digits in assists since Dec. 16, 2007 when Shante Williams dished out 13 assists in a home win against Alabama State.

Duke, which had a defense that led the ACC and was ranked seventh nationally in allowing just 52.9 points per game this season, had its hands full against the Seminoles as FSU lit up the scoreboard for 82 points – including 14 points in the overtime session. Duke hadn’t given up that many points in a loss since falling to North Carolina 82-51 on March 2, 2008. This also marks the first overtime loss for the Blue Devils since losing to Maryland 78-75 in the 2006 National Championship game (April 4).

With the win against Duke, Sue Semrau became perfect for the month of January for the first time in her career with a 7-0 record. This comes against arguably the hardest competition she’s faced during that month. The Seminoles had home wins against No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 3 Duke (OT), No. 24 Georgia Tech and Clemson. They also had three tough road victories against No. 14 Virginia, Virginia Tech, and NC State. Her previous best January was in the 2006-07 season when she led FSU to a 6-2 mark.

Prior to this season, Florida State had only one win against a team ranked No. 3 in the country, a 68-61 victory against No. 3 Maryland on Jan. 12, 1993. But in just the last seven games, the Seminoles have squared off against two No.3 ranked teams and have come away victorious each time. FSU beat No. 3 Texas A&M on Jan. 5 by a score of 60-53, and most recently defeated No. 3 Duke 82-77 in OT on Jan. 29. FSU is now 5-40 all-time against top-five opponents. 

Seminoles’ head coach Sue Semrau is now 9-10 in games that require an extra five minutes after defeating No. 3 Duke 82-75. Of the 19 overtime games that she has coached in at the helm of the FSU women’s basketball program, 15 of those have been against ACC squads and she is 9-6 in those ballgames. Coach Semrau is 5-5 in overtime games at home, 4-2 on the road and 0-3 on a neutral basketball court.

…FSU won the rebounding battle 40-33 and has now earned more boards than its opponent in all but five games this season.
…FSU turned the ball over 18 times after giving it away just 12 times in the previous game against Virginia.
…Despite trailing 37-34 at halftime, the Seminoles still earned the victory and moved to 2-3 on the season in games that they are behind at intermission.
…By scoring 82 points, FSU is now 7-0 in games when the team scores at least 80.
…FSU’s 66 field goal attempts against the Blue Devils is the season high – FSU had shot the ball 65 times two times prior this year in wins over Penn State and Clemson.

Senior guard Mara Freshour’s 21 points against No. 3 Duke is her highest of the season and was just four shy of her career-high 25 she posted in a win over Fordham last season. Freshour’s previous season high before the Duke game was the 17 she scored in the win over Clemson. She has scored in double figures in all seven ACC games this year after posting 11 against Maryland.

Florida State’s 82 points in the win over Duke is the third time the Seminoles have scored that many in a conference game this year after beating Virginia 80-75 and Clemson 80-54.  Before this season, the last time FSU scored at least 80 points in an ACC game occurred last year when the team fell in overtime to No. 4 Maryland on Feb. 24, 2008 by a score of 92-84. FSU scored 80 or more in only two ACC games last season and did not reach that scoring mark in any conference game during the 2006-07 season and did it only once in the 2005-06 campaign.

True freshman center Cierra Bravard has had a terrific rookie season so far as the Sandusky, Ohio native is third on the team with 10.2 ppg and has started 14 games. Bravard, who has earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors this year, is on pace to put her name in the FSU record books, too. Entering the game against Boston College, Bravard ranks sixth all-time in field goal percentage with a minimum of 100 attempts. Bravard is currently 86-for-148 on the season for a mark of .581.

In the win at Virginia, all five Seminole starters scored in double figures.  Including the UVA win, FSU has had five players score in double figures in four games this season but the contest vs. the Cavaliers marked the first time the five players were all starters.  FSU also had five players in double digits in the Florida Gulf Coast and Murray State victories and in the loss to Valparaiso.

Junior Jacinta Monroe currently leads the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and blocked shots (2.7 bpg). With 10 points and team-high 11 rebounds against Virginia, she achieved her team-high seventh double-double of the season and fourth in as many games. The seven double-doubles this season is a single-season best for Monroe as she turned in five double-doubles as a freshman and had three last season during her sophomore campaign.

FSU averages just 18 fouls per game but against Virginia the referee’s whistle was working overtime. In that game, the Seminoles picked up 26 fouls and three players – Tanae Davis-Cain, Courtney Ward and Cierra Bravard – all fouled out. Alysha Harvin also played much of the second half with four fouls. Senior guard Mara Freshour was the only FSU player to receive playing time and not pick up a foul. FSU entered the UVA contest averaging just 12.7 fouls per game over the previous three contests, including 12 fouls in the Clemson and Georgia Tech wins. The Seminoles had a season-high 29 fouls in the Valparaiso loss. As far as FSU opponents, they are averaging 20 fouls per game this season and Temple had the most with 31.

FSU scored just 59 points in its win over Georgia Tech … well below its 70.6 points per game heading into the contest. FSU has scored below 60 points just one other time this season and it was in the 72-57 loss to Florida. Before the Georgia Tech win, the last time the Seminoles won a game when scoring below 60 points was on March 6, 2008 in a 57-52 win over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.

FSU head coach Sue Semrau has accomplished a lot during her 12-year Seminole career but one thing she had never done was win at NC State. Well, that changed on Jan. 15 as her team earned a 64-59 victory at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. Semrau was 0-8 all-time in the Wolfpack’s home gym before earning the win.  With that victory, Semrau has now won at every ACC school.

The Seminoles recorded a season-high 10 blocks in the Virginia Tech win, which is the most blocks by an FSU team since the Seminoles had 10 blocks vs. Miami on January 7th, 2007.  Nine blocks at Texas A&M was the season-best last year.

Make no mistake about it, college basketball at Florida State University is getting more and more popular each season. The FSU marketing office reports that with a school-record 1,819 women’s basketball season tickets sales for the 2008-09 season, the Seminoles have now sold 63 percent more seats than they did a season ago. The previous high for season tickets was 1,119 during the 2006-07 season.

Florida State’s upset victory over No. 3 Texas A&M marked the first time FSU defeated a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 25 Ohio State last year. The Seminoles’ last win over a top-five-ranked team occurred in the 2007 NCAA Tournament when they upset then-No. 5 Stanford to advance to FSU’s first Sweet Sixteen. The victory over the Aggies also marked the Seminoles’ first win over a top-three program since downing then-No. 2 Duke in 2004.

After a quick timeout by head coach Sue Semrau early in the second half of the Texas A&M game, FSU went on a tear. The Seminoles went on an incredible 34-10 run to close out the game. FSU did this by making timely shots on the offensive end and limiting the Aggies’ playmakers on the defensive end. After shooting just over 20 percent in the first half, FSU shot just over 62 percent in the second half. And perhaps more importantly, the Seminoles limited Texas A&M’s stellar guard Takia Starks as she finished with just six points – well below her average – on just 3-for-18 shooting. She was also 0-for-8 from 3-point range. For the game, FSU scored 41 points in the second half compared to just 24 by the Aggies.

Best Defensive Performance of the Season
Bouncing back after a poor showing against the University of Florida, the FSU defense did its job in the win against Southeast Missouri State. The mere 31 points SEMO was allowed was the lowest total scored by an FSU opponent since the Seminoles held Savannah State to just 28 points in a 107-28 romp on Nov. 23, 2003. The fewest amount of points that FSU has ever allowed in a game was 26 when the Clemson Tigers posted that many in an 80-26 loss during the 1993-94 season.

FSU Picked to Finish Fifth in the ACC
The ACC Preseason Poll was selected by the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members as well as school representatives.

2008-09 ACC Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina (15 first place votes)
2. Maryland (11 first place votes)
3. Duke (14 first place votes)
4. Virginia (two first place votes)
5. Florida State
6. Georgia Tech
7. Boston College
8. NC State
9. Clemson
10. Virginia Tech
11. Miami
12. Wake Forest

Florida State Women’s Basketball Program Signs Talented 2009 Prospect
FSU head coach Sue Semrau announced the signing of 6-foot-3 forward Chelsea Davis, a talented post player from Middletown, Delaware, to a national letter of intent. Davis has been one of the top girl’s high school basketball players in the entire northeast since she burst onto the scene two years ago.  She will enter her senior season as a three-year starter and has recorded 1,257 career points and 744 career rebounds.  She averaged 21.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a junior on her way to leading the team in points, rebounds, steals and blocks per game.  A three-time all-state honoree, including first team honors in each of the last two seasons and honorable mention honors as a freshman, Davis has earned first team all-conference honors the last three seasons and has also been named the MVP of her team three straight years. Davis is ranked as the 35th-best post-player prospect in the entire country, according to Hoopgurlz.

Antionette Howard Leaves Team
Sophomore forward Antionette Howard decided to not play basketball at FSU and left the team in November.



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