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Women’s Basketball Heads West For Rocky Mountain Invitational

Nov. 26, 2008

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The 4-1 Florida State women’s basketball team travels west to Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Invitational hosted by Colorado State in Ft. Collins, Colo.  The Seminoles will face the 2-2 Racers of Murray State Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern and will play either Valparaiso (1-1) or host Colorado State (1-2) Saturday night.

Seminoles Hit the Road for Thanksgiving
FSU will spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from home competing in the Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Co., with Murray State, Valparaiso and Coloroado State. The Seminoles will face Murray State Friday, Nov. 28 and then will play either Valparaiso or Colorado State on Saturday before returning home Sunday afternoon. The trip to Colorado is the first of two this season that will send FSU away from home for more than one day. The ’Noles will travel to Cancun, Mexico in December to compete in the Caribbean Classic against such programs as UConn and Washington. The dates for that slate of games are Dec. 18-21.

Seminoles Face Racers for the First Time
Friday’s matchup between Florida State and Murray State at the Rocky Mountain Invitational in Fort Collins, Co., will be the first ever between the two programs.

FSU vs. the Ohio Valley Conference
Entering its first ever game against Murray State Friday, Florida State has only competed in six games all time against teams currently in the Ohio Valley Conference and is undefeated. FSU has the most matchups with Eastern Kentucky and Southeast Missouri State as the Seminoles hold a 2-0 advantage all-time against both programs. FSU earned that second victory against Southeast Missouri State when the two teams played against each other in Tallahassee on Nov. 25. The ’Noles earned a 62-31 victory in that contest. The Seminoles are also 1-0 against both Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech. The ’Noles have never played against Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, SIU Edwardsville, Tennessee State and Tennessee-Martin.

Seminoles vs. Crusaders is Also a First
Just like the FSU-Murray State contest, if the Seminoles play Valparaiso on Saturday night, it will also be the first game ever between the two schools.

FSU vs. the Horizon League
The Seminoles have competed only five times in the history of the program against current teams in the Horizon League and have a 3-2 record. FSU currently holds 0-1 records against Butler and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay while it has 1-0 records against Wright State, Loyola-Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Seminoles’ last matchup against a Horizon League squad occurred during the 2003-04 season when they defeated the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 72-70 on their home floor in Tallahassee, Fla.

Seminoles and Rams Haven’t Met in Over 20 Years
The Garnet and Gold could be squaring off against two programs for the first time ever, but if the Seminoles face Colorado State, it won’t be the first time.  That doesn’t mean, however, that there’s much more history between between the two as the Seminoles and Rams will be meeting for just the second time and for the first time in over 20 years. The last time the two programs met, FSU earned a 68-53 victory over CSU during the 1985-86 season in Wichita, Kan.

FSU vs. the Mountain West Conference
The Seminoles have only played in four games ever against squads currently in the Mountain West Conference and have a 2-2 record. In addition to the lone meeting with Colorado State, FSU has faced BYU twice and TCU just once. The Seminoles are 1-1 all-time against BYU while they are 0-1 against TCU.

Seminoles Make History Against Redhawks
In Florida State’s last outing, against Southeast Missouri State, the Seminoles secured a 62-31 victory and in the process earned the 500th win in the history of the women’s basketball program. FSU’s current all-time record is 500-502 but the Seminoles have gone 106-58 over the last five years. Head coach Sue Semrau, who took over a program before the 1997-98 season that had gone 5-22 the year before, has nearly 200 of those wins with 183 victories to her credit.  Heading into the season, Semrau has averaged 16.3 wins per season through her previous 11 years at FSU.  

Seminole “D” Does Its Job Against SEMO
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 allowed by the Seminoles against the Redhawks was the lowest point total scored by an FSU opponent since the ’Noles 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.

Just 16.9 Percent!
Southeast Missouri State only scored 31 points against Florida State because of defensive pressure that led to the Redhawks shooting from 16.9 percent from the field. That shooting averaging was the lowest allowed by the Seminoles since they held the University of Central Florida to just 20 percent shooting on November 28, 2000.  FSU won that game 68-37

In-Season Tournaments
The Seminoles are 25-9 during in-season tournaments in the Sue Semrau era (since 1997-98).  FSU has won seven in-season tournaments during Semrau’s tenure, including two during the 2004-05 season.


Seminoles In Colorado
FSU has played just four games in the state of Colorado through the years and are 1-3:.
Lady Buff Classic – Boulder, Colo.
11/18/83    L,70-85     Arizona State
11/19/83    L, 61-76    BYU
NCAA Tournament – Denver, Colo.
3/18/06    W, 80-71    Lousiana Tech
3/20/06    L, 70-88    Stanford

Coach Semrau Shakes Up the Starting Five
Entering the game against Southeast Missouri State in FSU’s last outing, head coach Sue Semrau had utilized the same starting lineup through four games to start the season. But after a disappointing loss to arch rival and underdog Florida in the game prior, Semrau elected to start junior Angel Gray and sophomore Christian Hunnicutt on the wings instead of senior captains Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour. The Seminoles responded with their best defensive effort of the season holding the Redhawks to just 16.9-percent shooting from the field.

Monroe Leading the Seminoles
Junior Jacinta Monroe is off to a great start this season. The Ft. Lauderdale native currently leads the team in scoring (17.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg) and is also shooting a team second-best 60 percent from the floor as she has connected on 35 of her 58 shots this season. Monroe has also made it a habit of getting to the free-throw line on a regular basis. Through five games she leads the team with 30 free-throw attempts but did not see the charity strip in the SEMO game. Monroe has shown she is capable of earning a double-double each time she steps on to the floor. In the loss to the University of Florida, Monroe registered the 11th double-double of her career and third of the season with team-highs in points (18) and rebounds (10). She then followed that up with a game-high 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the win over Southeast Missouri State.

Inside Presence Strong for Florida State
The Seminoles have a big front line of post players with 6-foot-4 Jacinta Monroe and 6-foot-4 Cierra Bravard and the two have carried the team so far this year. In fact, the tall tandem has been responsible for 156 of Florida State’s 330 total points this year – good enough for 47 percent of the Seminoles’ scoring. In the Southeast Missouri State game, Monroe and Bravard combined for 31 points, which was exactly half of the Seminoles’ total offensive output. The two also combined for 10 rebounds.

Gray and Hunnicutt Earn First Starts of the Season
Junior Angel Gray and sophomore Christian Hunnicutt were awarded the starting nod over seniors Tanae Davis-Cain and Mara Freshour in FSU’s victory over Southeast Missouri State and it marked the first time this season that the two were penciled into the starting five. The two didn’t dissapoint either. Gray, who started four games as a sophomore a season ago, posted four points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals during her most minutes of the season. After starting in seven games as a true freshman last year, Hunnicutt’s first start as a sophomore led to a team-high 29 minutes of play against the Redhawks. Hunnicutt capitalized on this opportunity by achieving five points, career highs in assists (six) and rebounds (nine), one block and one steal.

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