FSU women’s hoops to open Nov. 9, play in St. Pete tournament

Florida State has announced its non-conference portion of the 2021-22 schedule, which features six home games at the Tucker Center and a Thanksgiving trip to the St. Pete Showcase.

“All of us have developed some sort of perspective on how much playing this game means to us,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said as she returns for her 24th season at FSU. “We’re hopeful to get back to a normal atmosphere and enjoy a tremendous season at The Tuck. Our non-conference schedule will challenge us for the ACC gauntlet. I’m excited to get back to doing what I love most. November 9 cannot come soon enough.”

After a season away to assist her mother in her battle against cancer, Semrau returns to the sidelines when the Seminoles host UNF in their season opener at home on Tuesday, Nov. 9. It is one of six home games in what is an 11-game non-conference slate.

FSU’s other home games are against Milwaukee (Nov. 14), Jacksonville (Nov. 18), Grambling State (Nov. 21), Charleston Southern (Dec. 5) and Houston (Dec. 16).

Season ticket renewals for the 2021-22 season can be made on Seminoles.com or by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

The St. Pete Showcase in St. Petersburg will be a two-game event on Nov. 25 and Nov. 27 against two opponents to be determined. More information surrounding the Thanksgiving event will be announced soon.

FSU’s annual showdown vs. rival Florida will be in Gainesville this season on Sunday, Dec. 12. The Seminoles have won five straight games vs. the Gators and eight of the past nine overall.

The Big Ten/ACC Challenge this season includes a trip to Illinois on Thursday, Dec. 2. FSU’s final non-conference game occurs on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Kent State. The matchup in Kent, Ohio, serves as a homecoming game for senior forward Valencia Myers, who hails from nearby Solon, Ohio.

The Seminoles are ranked 17th in ESPNW’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, returning all five starters from a season ago where current Associate Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff filled in and took the program to its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Those five starters include point guard Bianca Jackson (14.1 ppg), All-American guard Morgan Jones (12.8 ppg), guard Kourtney Weber (11.8 ppg), Myers (8.2 ppg) and forward Sammie Puisis (6.9 ppg).

Key contributors Tiana England, Sara Bejedi, River Baldwin, Amaya Brown and Izabela Nicoletti also come back. A three-member freshmen class includes includes Florida’s top player in guard O’Mariah Gordon (Bradenton, Fla.), highly-rated forward Makayla Timpson (Blakely, Ga.) and talented forward Mariana Valenzuela (Mazatlan, Mexico).

FSU’s ACC schedule is expected to be announced in September.