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Seminoles Crack Top 25, Host Stetson Wednesday 7 p.m.

Dec. 5, 2006

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The Florida State women’s basketball cracked into the nation’s Top 25 Tuesday with a No. 25 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Seminoles improved to 8-1 and were crowned champions of the Lady Pirate Invitational after taking down host East Carolina 62-44 Sunday in the championship game and will put their record to the test with two in-state opponents this week, beginning with the Stetson Lady Hatters (1-6) who will visit the Donald L. Tucker Center Wednesday, December 6th at 7 p.m.


“It will be really nice to be home,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Three games in four days on the road was tough for us, yet I thought we grew a lot from it. We’re excited to play at home tomorrow night and excited to have a couple of in-state rivals coming up this week.”


The Stetson game will be FSU’s final home game of the year 2006 as the Seminoles will close out the year with three straight road games, including a 5:30 p.m. match up with UCF in Orlando Saturday afternoon.


“Any in-state rival is important to us here,” Semrau said. “We want to really establish ourselves to be the best team in the state and in order to do that we have to beat every other team in the state. We’ve got opportunities this year having already played Florida and now Stetson, UCF and Miami and we want to make the most of it.”


After playing four games in a seven-day span last week, including three on the road, FSU will play its next four games, including the Stetson game, in a span of 14 days thanks to a week off (Dec. 11-15) due to final exams. In fact, FSU played its first nine games in a span of 21 days.


“Being on the road so much, maybe we’re relearning that we’re young,” Semrau said. “It’s still going to take some time to become who we want to be but we are learning our way, we’re understanding our purpose and as we continue to grow in that, we’ll be prepared for a very tough ACC season.”


FSU’s eight wins by December 3rd marks the earliest in the program’s history that the Seminoles have reached that many wins. The No. 25 ranking is Florida State‘s first national ranking since February 15, 2005.


Florida State is 11-4 vs. Stetson but the two schools have not met since December 22, 1996 when the Seminoles won 80-56 in Tallahassee. That was FSU’s last win of that season and last win until Sue Semrau took over the reigns of the program the next year and led the team to a 79-70 win over FAMU in the 1997-98 season-opener.


Stetson is led by forward Janene MaClin who is averaging 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

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