Sept. 13, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2011-12 women’s basketball composite schedule on Tuesday, completing Florida State’s upcoming season slate.
This season marks the first year the ACC will move to a 16-game conference format from the previous 14-game schedule.
Six of the Seminoles’ 16 conference matchups will be broadcast on television, including games on ESPNU and the league’s regional sports network (RSN) consisting of several regional cable networks throughout the ACC footprint.
“Our players have had a productive offseason and are excited to get back to work on the court,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “Our challenging nonconference slate includes road games at Ohio State and Vanderbilt that will get us ready for the always challenging ACC schedule. I truly believe the ACC is the toughest conference top-to-bottom in the country, which will prepare us for what we hope will be a deep tournament run in March.”
The ACC is slated for 98 television appearances, the most in league women’s basketball history. FSU’s first ACC television game will be on Jan. 13 at Duke at 7 p.m. on RSN just two days before the Seminoles host Miami at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 on ESPNU. That three-day stretch figures to be a great test for the Garnet and Gold as they will face the 2011 ACC regular season co-champions back-to-back with just one day in-between.
Florida State will cap January with two more television games on the road: at NC State on Jan. 27 for a 6:30 p.m. matchup on RSN, and at Virginia on Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Seminole’s second matchup with Duke will be broadcast by RSN at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 in Tallahassee a week before FSU travels to Miami for a 3:30 p.m. game on Feb. 19 to air on RSN.
Florida State’s nonconference game at Ohio State as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30 will also be broadcast live on television, appearing on the Big Ten Network at 8:30 p.m. ET, to give FSU seven televised matchups this season.
Additionally, FSU’s game versus NC State on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in Tallahassee will air on ESPN3.com. In ACC play, the Seminoles will host Maryland (Jan. 2), Clemson (Jan. 5), Miami (Jan. 15), Georgia Tech (Jan. 22), Virginia Tech (Feb. 5), Duke (Feb. 12), North Carolina (Feb. 15) and Virginia (Feb. 26).
FSU will travel to Virginia Tech (Jan. 8), Duke (Jan. 13), Boston College (Jan. 19), NC State (Jan. 27), Virginia (Jan. 29), Wake Forest (Feb. 9), Miami (Feb. 19) and Clemson (Feb. 23).
The ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament, held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., begins on March 1 and concludes on March 4. This year, the first round and quarterfinal games will be broadcast on RSN, while ESPNU will air the semifinals and ESPN2 will broadcast the championship game.
Florida State will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on March 18 and 20, as well.
The Seminoles captured a share of the ACC regular season championship in 2009 and 2010, and have earned back-to-back No. 3 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Since the 2008-09 season, FSU’s 35 ACC wins are tied for the most in the conference with Duke.
FSU begins practice on Oct. 2 and the Seminoles’ first exhibition game will be Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. versus Florida Southern College at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The exhibition also serves as “Fan Day” and admission is free.
Season tickets for women’s hoops are $40 for adults and $20 for youth (18 and under) and seniors (50 and over). For the second year in a row, Florida State will offer a Family Pack for women’s basketball season tickets. For $99 fans can purchase two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets. The deadline to buy season tickets is Oct. 1.
As a bonus, any fans that purchase by the Oct. 1 deadline will be invited to an exclusive event hosted at the Basketball Training Center. The event will include a behind the scenes look at this year’s team, a meet and greet with the players and coaches as well as refreshments and opportunities to win door prizes.
Both men’s and women’s season ticket-holders have the first chance to reserve their seats for the NCAA Tournament. All-session tickets are available at $25 for adults and $15 for youth for customers renewing season tickets, but must be purchased by Oct. 1.
After the Oct. 1 deadline, all-session passes will go on sale to the general public for a cost of $30 for adults and $20 for youth. To purchase tickets, fans can contact the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSUNOLE. Tickets may also be purchased on Seminoles.com.
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Highlights of the 2011-12 ACC schedule include:
52 televised games, making up 98 television appearances – the most in both categories since the inception of ACC women’s basketball.
Twenty-three (23) ESPN network games, including nine on ESPN2 – highlighted by a rematch of the 2011 ACC Championship game between North Carolina and Duke on Monday, Feb. 6 and the double-header of Miami at Maryland and Wake Forest at NC State on Sunday, Feb. 12 as part of the network’s “February Frenzy” campaign. ESPNU will showcase seven contests, including Miami at Florida State on Sunday, Jan. 15 and Florida State at Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29, while ESPN3 will broadcast seven games throughout the regular season.
Twenty-eight (28) conference match-ups on the league’s regional sports network (known as RSN), inclusive of four Friday night double-headers beginning on Jan. 6 with Duke at Wake Forest at 6:30 p.m. and Georgia Tech at Maryland at 8:30 p.m. RSN, which consists of several regional cable syndicated networks throughout the ACC footprint, including Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports Net South, and New England Sports Network, reaches approximately 24 million households.
New for this season will be the broadcast of all 11 games of the 2012 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament to be held March 1-4 at the Greensboro Coliseum – the first round and quarterfinals on the regional sports network and three on the ESPN network – the 2012 ACC Tournament semifinal games (ESPNU) and the Championship game (ESPN2).
The fifth annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which will again take on a two-day format this year and is slated to open on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as Georgia Tech and Maryland host Big Ten foes, and Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech travel to perform in front of nonconference crowds. The ACC has won all four previous Challenge titles, while last year the ACC narrowly edged the competition, winning six of the 11 Challenge games.
Year No. 2 of the “Super Six Series” Women’s Basketball Challenge, which pairs two conference teams from the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Southeastern and Pac-12 against one another. The initial year of the agreement saw the ACC and Big 12 go undefeated in the Series, which has been extended to continue through the 2013-14 season. This year Georgia Tech will travel to Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Wake Forest will welcome Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Series Challenge.