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MIDWEST REGION: FSU WOMEN VS. TULANE

WHEN/WHERE: 7 tonight; James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa.

RECORDS: Florida State 18-11, Tulane 22-9.

COACHES: Florida State _ Sue Semrau (46-66, fourth season). Tulane _ Lisa Stockton (161-52, seventh season; 224-79 overall).

KEY PLAYERS: Florida State _ Brooke Wyckoff, F, 6-1 Sr. (15.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg); April Traylor, G, 5-10 Jr. (14.7 ppg, 3.8 apg); Levys Torres, C, 6-4 Sr. (11.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg). Tulane _ Janell Burse, C, 6-5 Sr. (18.7 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.1 bpg); Sarah Goree, G, 5-8 Jr. (10.3 ppg, 4.3 apg); Gwen Slaughter, F, 6-3 So. (10.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg).

NOTES: The Seminoles, the No. 7 seed, far exceeded expectations to tie for third in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference and reach the tournament for the first time in 10 years. The No. 10 seed Green Wave, which just won its third straight Conference USA tournament championship, is making its seventh straight NCAA appearance; its one of just 14 schools with that streak. FSU and Tulane received four votes in the latest AP poll. FSU leads the series against its former Metro Conference rival 10-7, but the two haven't met since Feb. 25, 1991, FSU's last year in that league before joining the ACC. The Seminoles won that game that ignited a six-game winning streak, including a win against Appalachian State in the NCAA Tournament. Tulane hasn't played an ACC team in Stockton's tenure, which is surprising given her roots (Wake Forest undergrad, master's degree from UNC and an assistant position at Georgia Tech) as well as two of her assistants, Katie Meier (Duke) and Kellie Kennedy (UNC). FSU assistants Angie Johnson and Roy Heintz have C-USA ties, having been graduated from Louisville and USF, respectively.

_ Compiled by Brian Landman.

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