Feb. 13, 2009

Courtesy of FSU Athletics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Boasting the highest ranking in program history, the No. 14/17 Florida State women's basketball team will be looking to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference as No. 8/7 North Carolina comes to town for a 6:30 p.m. showdown on Friday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

FSU (20-5, 8-1 ACC) has won 11 of its last 12 and is currently in first place in the conference. By defeating the Tar Heels (21-3, 6-2), the Seminoles would tie the school record for most wins over a ranked opponent in a season with five and head coach Sue Semrau would achieve career victory No. 200.

In addition to gunning for her staggering 200th victory in Tallahassee, Semrau will coach Friday's game without any shoes on. FSU's 12th-year head coach will go barefoot as she shows support for the Samaritan's Feet campaign.

Fans that wish to gain free entry into the pivotal ACC matchup can help the cause as well. Everyone that donates a new pair of shoes will be admitted into the Donald L. Tucker Center for free.

Friday's game will be broadcast on Sun Sports and can be heard on the radio by turning the dial to 1270 AM or on Seminoles.com.


In her 12th season at the helm of the Florida State women's basketball program, head coach Sue Semrau is on the verge of accomplishing a terrific career milestone.  With a win at Miami, Semrau enters the showdown with North Carolina looking to earn the 200th victory of her stellar coaching career. Semrau is already used to making a little magic happen at FSU as she became the program's winningest coach in her ninth season on Feb. 19, 2006 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson 80-72 in overtime. She has guided the Seminoles to double-digit victories in nine-straight seasons and to four-straight NCAA Tournaments and five overall. Her current coaching record is 199-157.


North Carolina holds a 27-7 advantage in a series between the two schools that dates back to the 1981-92 season. FSU enters Friday's matchup having lost the past three games against UNC.  FSU's last win over UNC was a 79-73 thrilling overtime victory during the 2004-05 season. Interestingly enough, each of FSU's past two victories over the Tar Heels have come in overtime.  FSU and UNC have met just one time the last three seasons.