Tallahassee, FL - For the second consecutive year, the Florida State women’s basketball team’s schedule will feature every Atlantic Coast Conference home game broadcast on an ESPN Network or a regional sports affiliate.
Florida State head coach Sue Semrau released the complete 2013-14 schedule on Wednesday.
Overall, FSU will have at least 10 games broadcast by ESPN or by a Regional Sports Network. Additional games may still be added to television or ESPN3.
This season, the Seminoles will face 11 opponents who played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including 2013 Final Four participants Notre Dame (at home) and Louisville (on the road).
“I’m always excited to announce the schedule and this year is no different as we are able to have nearly all of our home games on either an ESPN Network or part of the ACC’s TV package,” Semrau said. “We’ll host Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and some other great opponents at the Tucker Center.
“In addition to Notre Dame, we are looking forward to playing the other two ACC newcomers, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, this season. Our conference continues to solidify itself as the best league for women’s hoops in the country.”
Florida State will host “Big Dance” participants Prairie View (Nov. 17), Stetson (Nov. 29), and Michigan State (Dec. 4) as part of its non-conference schedule and North Carolina (Jan. 12), Duke (Jan. 23), the Fighting Irish (Feb. 6) and Miami (Feb. 16) in the ACC slate.
FSU will also host UNCG (season-opener; Nov. 8), Jacksonville (Dec. 8), North Florida (Dec. 16) and UT-Martin (Dec. 28) in the non-conference play and Virginia Tech (Jan. 26), Boston College (Feb. 9), Georgia Tech (Feb. 27) and Virginia (March 2) in ACC play.
The Seminoles will hit the road for games at Cincinnati (Nov. 13), rival Florida (Nov. 21) National Runner-Up Louisville (Nov. 24), Miami (Ohio) (Dec. 1) and the Long Beach State Classic (Dec. 20-21).
Florida State will open the ACC slate at Pittsburgh (Jan. 2) and will also travel to Miami (Jan. 9), NC State (Jan. 16), Virginia (Jan. 19), Wake Forest (Feb. 2), Syracuse (Feb. 13), Maryland (Feb. 20) and Clemson (Feb. 23).
“This is no doubt a challenging schedule,” Semrau said. “We will be tested early during our non-conference games, but hopefully ready to make a run in the ACC come January. We have a couple of seniors in Natasha (Howard) and Cheetah (Delgado) who will be great leaders and a great group of newcomers that we will have to lean on right from the start. I really enjoy this team – it’s just a incredible bunch of young women – and I’m looking forward to another great season for the Garnet and Gold.“
The Seminoles will look to ride the momentum of last year's 23-win season into the 2013-14 campaign behind First Team All-ACC senior Natasha Howard, senior point guard Yashira "Cheetah" Delgado and versatile redshirt sophomore guard/forward Morgan Jones.
Howard is the ACC's active leader in career double-doubles (26) and she has career averages of 11.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 96 career games.
Delgado shared floor general duties last season and dished 148 assists (4.5 per game) - the most of any returning player in the ACC.
Jones, a former McDonald's All-American from Lake Mary, Fla., sat out last season after transferring to Florida State from Northwestern, where she averaged 13.9 points, 6.0 boards and 3.3 assists and captured honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
The Noles also return redshirt junior forward Lauren Coleman and welcome five newcomers headlined by 6-5 center Kai James, a consensus Top-20 recruit who played in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game and competed for Team USA at the 2012 U17 World Championships.
Season tickets for the 2013-14 Florida State women's basketball season are on sale now and can be purchased at Seminoles.com or by calling the Seminole Ticket Office at 1-888-FSUNole.
Season tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for youth and seniors. For the third year in a row, FSU will offer a "Family Pack" for women's hoops season tickets which includes two adults and two youth tickets for $99. Additional youth tickets can be added $15 each.
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