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Seminoles Are On Their Way West

March 15, 2007

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The Florida State women’s basketball team will depart for sunny California Thursday afternoon as the Seminoles (22-9) prepare for Saturday’s 2 p.m. (Eastern) tilt with Old Dominion (24-8) in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.


The game, which will be played at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion, will be televised on ESPN. Beth Mowins, Jimmy Dykes and Allen Hopkins will bring all of the action. The game will also be broadcast on radio with Ryan Pensy providing the play-by-play on 1270 The Team in Tallahassee and via the internet at








Quoting the Seminoles…


Head Coach Sue Semrau


(on ODU)


“Old Dominion is a program that’s won 16-straight conference titles and they only lost one game in their conference this year. They’re athletic, they’re deep, they’re big and even all that said, we’re excited to play them. We feel like we match up with them really well. We’re going to need to shut down their high-low game and TJ Jordan is a great shooter so we have our work cut out for us.”


“I think our players have a real respect for their program. Again, they’re big, they’re deep and it’s going to be a really exciting ball game.”


(on the chance to win three straight NCAA Tournament first round games)


“I think it means that this program is on solid ground and that we’re building and now we’ve gotten to a point where it is an expectation-thing rather than an excitement-thing and I think that needs to happen for a program in order for that program to get to the point where it’s like, `now let’s go in and get after it.’  I really sense that with our players this year that there’s just a different feel about the whole tournament.”


(on how playing in the ACC prepares you for postseason)


“Playing in the ACC absolutely prepares us for the postseason. There’s no name on a jersey that could be bigger than the ones that we play. Even going to home courts, we’ve done that with some of the best teams in the country so being able to go into that and know that we’ve been there and done that gives us a lot of confidence and also a sense of the true feeling of what it’s going to be like to play in a physical-type game.”


Freshman Jacinta Monroe


(on participating in the NCAA Tournament)


“It’s unbelievable. I’ve been waiting so many years for this opportunity to be able to play at a high-level D-1 school and to make it to the big dance … it’s just awesome. I can’t even explain it.”


(on getting ready for the NCAA Tournament)


“I’m not nervous. I haven’t been nervous since I’ve played a collegiate game. I think the sophomores are excited. They’re hungry to get back to the tournament and I’m just excited to experience what they’ve already experienced as well as the upperclassmen. We’re working hard in practice and just trying to prepare.”


(on advice from the upperclassmen)


“They’re being more emotional leaders to us because it gets harder and harder for us freshmen as we progress in the season because we are not used to such a long season. They’re helping us keep our heads up, keep focused and work hard.”


(on ODU)


“I see a competitive team that’s going to be hungry to progress throughout the tournament but we’re hungry as well so we’ll just have to see. They  have fast post players, they have fast guards. Pretty much like the make-up of our team so it’s going to be a good game.”


Senior Alicia Gladden


(about what Coach Sue has been able to do at FSU)


“It has just been a great achievement for what Coach Sue has been able to do here, especially the last few years. She has come a long way. She’s recruited some of the best players every year and I think she will continue to have NCAA Tournament teams and have good recruiting classes every year.”


(having been to the tourney twice already, on what she expects from the tourney this year)


“I expect a little bit of the same thing from the tournament. We are going back to California which is a familiar place for us since we just played in San Francisco in December. Coach Close is from Santa Barbara so we’ll be familiar with the area.”


“With the NCAA Tournament, we’re kind of used to playing on other team’s home courts. Our first game will be on a neutral court but if we get to the second game, it will be on Stanford’s home court, so we have to take advantage of playing Old Dominion on a neutral court.”


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