Florida State women’s basketball marches into NCAA postseason

FSU head coach Sue Semrau

More history has been made for Florida State University women’s basketball as the team received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship — the highest in program history — and will host the first and second rounds of the tournament at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

The Seminoles (29-4) will host No. 15 seed Alabama State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Also playing in Tallahassee are No. 7 seed Florida Gulf Coast and No. 10 Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

“We want to make Tallahassee one of the best NCAA first- and second-round venues,” said head coach Sue Semrau. “We’ve got some very good teams coming to the Tucker Center in Alabama State, Oklahoma State and Florida Gulf Coast. It will be important for our fans to pack the stands and give our team an edge at the most critical time of the year.”

Florida State will be making its 14th NCAA postseason appearance, including its fifth time hosting in Tallahassee.

“It can be just like a regular home game,” said sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter. “We’re undefeated at home and it gives us confidence knowing that we’ll have a million people in the stands cheering for us and that’ll make us cheer even harder.”

Florida State has turned in one of its most accomplished seasons in program history. The Seminoles’ long list of highlights include:

  • FSU’s 29 wins are tied with the 2009-10 team (29-6) for the most in school history. With a victory in the NCAA First Round, FSU will post its first 30-win season.
  • The team went undefeated at the Donald L. Tucker Center in the regular season (14-0) for the first time in program history. FSU was the only team in the ACC to go undefeated at home.
  • The Seminoles recorded a school-record 14 ACC victories during the regular season, surpassing its previous high of 12 in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
  • FSU reached the ACC championship game for the first time in program history and earned multiple wins in the ACC Tournament for the first time ever.
  • The only Division I men’s or women’s team to outrebound every opponent in the regular season.
  • Head coach Sue Semrau earned ACC Coach of the Year honors and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy Women’s College Coach of the Year.
  • FSU’s scoring offense averages 75.7 points per game —the highest in the last 24 years. The Seminoles are allowing just 56.9 points per game which is FSU’s lowest average points allowed since joining the ACC 24 seasons ago.
  • The Seminoles are 14-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and have won at least one game in each of their last 11 NCAA appearances dating back to the 1991 postseason. FSU’s previous high seed was No. 3, which came in three consecutive years from 2009-11.

For tickets, contact the FSU Ticket Office at (888) FSU-NOLE. Fans will also be able to purchase tickets on http://seminoles.com.

NCAA Tournament, Tallahassee, Fla.
Saturday, March 21
No. 7 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State, 11 a.m., ESPN2
No. 15 Alabama State vs. No. 2 Florida State, 1:30 p.m., ESPN2

Monday, March 23
NCAA Second Round Matchup, TBD