April 3, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the first time in the program’s history, the Florida State women’s basketball team has been ranked in the Final USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. The Seminoles, who finished the season 19-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, is ranked No. 25.
“This ranking is a tribute and a final exclamation point to the job that our four seniors have done at Florida State,” FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “The fact that this is a coaches poll really is a sign that the coaches around the country respect our program at Florida State. This also gets us back to a place where we haven’t been in 10 years and that is certainly something to build upon next season.”
The Top 25 ranking is Florida State’s first national ranking since February of 1991. During this year’s regular season, the Tribe reached No. 26 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls following five straight wins, including road victories over Duke, Maryland and North Carolina. The Seminoles are one of four ACC teams to be listed among the Top 25. Duke is ranked 8th, followed by NC State at No. 16 and Clemson at No. 22.
Florida State enjoyed its finest season in a decade in 2000-01. The Seminoles posted their most wins since 1990-91, made their first NCAA appearance since that year and recorded the program’s best ACC record (9-7) and finish (3rd). Head Coach Sue Semrau was named the ACC Coach of the Year while senior Brooke Wyckoff earned All-ACC first team honors and senior Levys Torres and junior April Traylor earned All-ACC third team honors. Other firsts this season included advancing to the ACC Tournament semifinals, defeating Virginia and doing it twice, and winning an NCAA Tournament game away from Tallahassee.
Nine of Florida State’s opponents this season were among the 64-team NCAA Tournament field and the Seminoles were 7-9 in games vs. those foes. Only two of FSU’s 11 regular-season losses came against teams that did not participate in this year’s NCAA Tourney. According to the RPI rankings on CollegeRPI.com, the Atlantic Coast Conference was listed second among the Top 10 Conferences in the nation. Florida State was ranked 47th out of 316 teams.