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FSU women picked to finish fifth in ACC

Florida State Women’s Basketball received another pre-season prediction on Wednesday, this time being pegged to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference by the league’s Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC head coaches.

The Seminoles have enjoyed a remarkable run of finishing in the top four of the ACC in six of the last seven seasons, joining only Louisville among teams to enjoy such a streak since the 2014-15 season. Last year, FSU was predicted to finish eighth according to the league’s head coaches and wound up in fourth place.

Since the ACC expanded to its current group of schools in 2014-15, the 2020-21 Seminoles were the first team to be picked as low as eighth by the league’s head coaches and finish in the top four of the conference. In the 2021-22 season, 11 of those student-athletes return.

NC State was selected to finish first in the league by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC head coaches. The top five in the league according to both polls is NC State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and FSU.

With the return of 93 percent of its scoring from a season ago, the Seminoles are looking to clinch their eighth consecutive winning season in ACC play. Four-time ACC Coach of the Year Sue Semrau also returns to the sidelines. She has the benefit of coaching alongside previous interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff, whom she refers to as a co-head coach this season.

Head Coaches & Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Player of the Year
Elissa Cunane, NC State, Sr., C

Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason All-ACC Team (57 voters)
Taylor Soule, Boston College, Sr., F (1)
Delicia Washington, Clemson, Gr., G
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech, Sr., F (1)
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Georgia Tech, Sr., G
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville, So., G (1)
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State Jr., G (1)
Elissa Cunane, NC State, Sr., C (42)
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame, So., F
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech, Jr., C (10)
Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech, Gr., G (1)
() Indicates preseason player of the year votes

Blue Ribbon Panel Newcomer Watch List
Payton Verhulst, Louisville, Fr., G
Teonni Key, North Carolina, Fr., F
Diamond Johnson, NC State, So., G
Olivia Miles, Notre Dame, Fr., G
Sonia Citron, Notre Dame, Fr., G

Blue Ribbon Panel Predicted Order of Finish (57 voters)
NC State (50 first-place votes) – 847 points

Louisville (7) – 789

Georgia Tech – 691

Virginia Tech – 644

Florida State – 607

Notre Dame – 580

North Carolina – 488

Duke – 464

Miami – 355

Clemson – 324

Boston College – 297

Wake Forest – 250

Syracuse – 227

Pittsburgh – 160

Virginia – 117
() Indicates first-place votes

Head Coaches Preseason All-ACC Team
Taylor Soule, Boston College, Sr., F
Delicia Washington, Clemson, Gr., G
Lorela Cubaj, Georgia Tech, Sr., F
Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Georgia Tech, Sr., G
Hailey Van Lith, Louisville, So., G
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State Jr., G
Elissa Cunane, NC State, Sr., C (13)
Maddy Westbeld, Notre Dame, So., F
Elizabeth Kitley, Virginia Tech, Jr., C (2)
Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech, Gr., G
() Indicates preseason player of the year votes


Head Coaches Newcomer Watch List
Celeste Taylor, Duke, Jr., G
Payton Verhulst, Louisville, Fr., G
Diamond Johnson, NC State, So., G
Olivia Miles, Notre Dame, Fr., G
Sonia Citron, Notre Dame, Fr., G

Head Coaches Predicted Order of Finish
NC State (14 first-place votes) – 224 points 

Louisville (1) – 207

Georgia Tech – 192

Virginia Tech – 172

Florida State – 152

Notre Dame – 149

North Carolina – 127

Duke – 125

Miami – 92

Clemson – 83

Boston College – 78

Syracuse – 60

Wake Forest – 59

Pittsburgh – 47

Virginia – 33
() Indicates first-place votes