A Look At The Florida State Seminoles

The Hartford Courant

The Seminoles have been a fixture on UConn's schedule since 2008 when they met at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun. At that point, the schools announced they would play a home-and-home series which began last Dec. 28 in Tallahassee (with a 78-59 UConn win) and will conclude this season, most likely in December, at Connecticut.

They also met in the Dayton Regional final in March for the right to the go to the Final Four. UConn won, 90-50. The Huskies have won all six meetings between the teams.

Last season: Florida State (29-6) set a school record for victories and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time. After leading the Seminoles to a second-straight co-ACC regular season championship, coach Sue Semrau was selected by the WBCA as the coach of the year for Region 2.

FSU climbed as high as No. 6 in the Top 25 polls, a new height for the program. And leading the way was 6-5 senior center Jacinta Monroe.

Still, there were disappointments. The Seminoles were upset in the ACC quarterfinals by Boston College, which came into the game with 14 losses. The Eagles won 67-60 by rebounding well, shooting 49 percent and holding the Seminoles to a season-worst 27.6 percent shooting.

In the NCAAs, Maya Moore scored 22 points to lead the Huskies into their third straight Final Four. Tina Charles added 20 points and 14 rebounds to help build a 40-point victory that was the largest ever in a regional final.

Semrau was rewarded for the season with a contract extension from FSU and appointment to Jen Rizzotti's coaching staff for the 2010 USA Women's U18 National Team, which competed at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship June 23-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs.

Who's Gone, Who's Back:

Monroe became the first player in school history to be selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft when she became the sixth overall pick by the Washington Mystics. She wrapped up a stellar career by setting school records in every blocked shots category.

Monroe appeared in a school-record 136 games in her four-year career and finished with 1,518 career points, 913 rebounds and 301 blocks. Monroe was just the third player in school history with 1,500 points and 900 rebounds in a career. The 301 blocks made her the sixth player in ACC history with 300 career blocks.

The Seminoles will also miss seniors Angel Gray and Alysha Harvin, who combined for an additional 17 points last season.

FSU's recruiting class is led by 6-foot-3 forward Natasha Howard, who was selected MVP for the East in last season's McDonald's All-American game. Howard scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added five assists in 24 minutes.

Howard, an Ohio native, will be joined at FSU by Tay'ler Mingo, a 5-7 point guard, Olivia Bresnahan, a 5-11 shooting guard, and Lauren Coleman, a 6-foot small forward. Howard was rated the No. 2 player overall and the No. 1 wing by ESPN HoopGurlz.

What's at stake

Florida State made a strong impression in the ACC last season which has long been dominated by North Carolina and Duke. Much will be expected after such a successful season in 2009-10.

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