FSU Women's Basketball In Preseason Top 25 In 3 Publications

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications

Tallahassee, FL - The 2010-11 Florida State women’s basketball program has been placed in the top 25 in three of the nation’s top preseason publications.

The Seminoles find themselves at No. 19 according to Lindy’s and are No. 21 in both Athlon and The Sporting News.

FSU will be led this season by one of the nation’s top floor generals in senior point guard Courtney Ward. Already the school’s all-time assists leader, Ward earned Second Team All ACC Honors last season while helping guide the ’Noles to their sixth NCAA Tournament berth in as many seasons and first Elite Eight appearance.

Joining Ward on this year’s squad are veterans Christian Hunnicutt and Cierra Bravard as well as risers Alexa Deluzio, 2010 ACC All-Freshman selection Chasity Clayton, Leonor Rodriguez and Chelsea Davis.

Head coach Sue Semrau and her staff have also welcomed one of the nation’s top freshmen classes – highlighted by blue-chip prospect Natasha Howard. Joining Howard are Tay’ler Mingo, Olivia Bresnahan and Lauren Coleman.

According to the three publications, FSU will play nine teams this season that have also been placed somewhere in the top 25 on at least one of the early lists.

The Seminoles, who will begin practice on Oct. 4, officially kick off the 2010-11 campaign with an exhibition contest against Alabama-Huntsville on Oct. 24 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The first regular-season game will then be against Alabama State on Nov. 12 at home.

1. Connecticut*
2. Baylor
3. Stanford
4. Tennessee
5. Xavier
6. Duke*
7. Oklahoma
8. Ohio State
9. Kentucky
10. Texas A&M
11. Notre Dame
12. Georgetown
13. St. John's
14. North Carolina*
15. Texas
16. UCLA
17. West Virginia
18. Georgia
19. Iowa
20. NC State*
21. Florida State
22. Dayton
23. Michigan State
24. TCU
25. California

1. Connecticut*
2. Stanford
3. Tennessee
4. Baylor
5. Ohio State
6. Xavier
7. Texas A&M
8. Duke*
9. West Virginia
10. Maryland*
11. Kentucky
12. Georgetown
13. UCLA
14. Notre Dame
15. St. John’s
16. Oklahoma
17. Bowling Green
18. Iowa State
19. Florida State
20. Georgia
21. Texas
22. Virginia*
23. Vanderbilt*
24. LSU
25. Nebraska

1. Connecticut*
2. Baylor
3. Stanford
4. Xavier
5. Tennessee
6. Duke*
7. Ohio State
8. Notre Dame
9. West Virginia
10. Oklahoma
11. North Carolina*
12. Kentucky
13. Georgetown
14. St. John’s
15. Texas A&M
16. Georgia Tech*
17. Iowa State
18. Georgia
19. Texas
20. UCLA
21. Florida State
22. Temple
23. TCU
24. Michigan State*
25. Rutgers

*denotes teams that FSU plays this season

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