TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball Team now has an official ranking attached to its name, being selected 12th in the Associated Press Preseason Poll announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The Seminoles earn an AP Top 25 rank for the 77th time in the last 87 weeks, becoming mainstays in the weekly poll. Florida State enjoyed a stretch from 2015-18 where it spent 67 consecutive weeks in the poll, including 66 straight in the AP Top 20.
Last year, FSU finished 25th in the final poll to complete a remarkable season in which it took one of the youngest teams in the country to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are one of three ACC teams to finish in the AP Top 25 in each of the last five seasons, and one of just 11 teams nationally to earn an end-of-year ranking in that same time span.
It is Florida State’s highest preseason AP ranking since being selected 12th in the 2016-17 preseason. FSU is among six ACC teams in the poll, joining Louisville (9), NC State (14), Notre Dame (16), Miami (T18) and Syracuse (21).
There is a lot of optimism heading into the 2019-20 season for Florida State. The return of every starter from last season is a starting point for the expectations, especially because last year’s squad overcame inexperience, depth issues and injuries to put together a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 ACC mark.
There will be ten available healthy bodies to start this season, which include three dynamic new freshmen in center River Baldwin, forward London Clarkson and guard Sammie Puisis. Standout perimeter defender and sophomore guard Amaya Brown continues to recover well from last year’s season-ending knee injury, and a season debut for her during the non-conference portion of play looks to be a strong possibility.
Florida State begins its season with a home opener against Charleston Southern on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. Season ticket holders will be able to pick up their shirts before the game and during halftime.