Florida State Seminoles heading back to Top 4?

The Top 4 is the place to be as March nears and debates turn toward seeding.

The Florida State Seminoles might be back in the Top 4 on Monday in the AP Poll. The Seminoles are idle this weekend in women’s college hoops, but they’ve already banked two wins this week. With No. 2 Baylor picking up their second loss of the season early in the week, Florida State might budge up even if Maryland and Mississippi State both win this weekend.

The Seminoles, currently No. 5, are certainly in the running for a top seed in the March Madness tournament. The major blemish in their record is a loss to NC State 70-61. Otherwise, FSU have only lost to UCONN, a game that the Seminoles had a chance to win at the buzzer. If a quality-loss argument was to be made for any team, then surely being the only school who had a look at dishing Connecticut a loss would be the strongest case.

Early in February women’s college-hoops commentator Rebecca Lobo praised Leticia Romero of FSU as a “model of efficiency at PG.” Lobo listed shooting stats of 53% from the floor, 57% from behind the arc, and an incredible 94% at the free throw line. That comment was made in a tweet from Feb. 1 but since then Romero has struggled. ESPN, in a recent article recapping FSU’s game against Wake Forest (Feb. 9th), mentioned the point guard as slumping:

“Florida State guard Leticia Romero was 0-for-4 from the field and had just two points in 17 minutes. Romero, who is averaging 13.2 points, has been held under 10 points in four straight games.”

There isn’t a lot remaining in Florida State’s schedule. The next big game that they have is the one coming up on Monday against Texas. After that it’s just currently unranked teams and then another big one at Notre Dame to end the regular season. Playoffs then follow and the Seminoles have to be thinking about a No. 1 seed at this point at the dance.

Even if they ran the tables to the start of the NCAAW tournament, it’s hard to picture anyone but UCONN as top outright. However, Florida State can certainly be thinking about being the 2nd or 3rd ranked team. They have the record they need to be competitive right now at 23-2 and with two games against high-ranked teams remaining, they have ‘statement’ opportunities available as well.


Shane Lambert