TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — ESPNU has announced they will air dozens of basketball games this week as part of their #SeniorNight series which showcases the seniors from high school and college programs who were not able to finish out their careers due to Covid-19.
The Florida State women's basketball team will be honored on Tuesday, March 24. The ACC championship game between FSU and NC State will air at 12:00 noon, and then a few hours later at 4:00 p.m., the Seminoles' first win against Louisville for the 2019-2020 season will air.
Head coach Sue Semrau said it is awesome that ESPN is showing off senior players who did not have the chance to finish out their seasons the way they had hoped too. "Just a cool way to honor this group of seniors because they would've had such an opportunity on a big stage," said Semrau. "Now, the stage is empty in that setting, so now to be able to put them on the stage in that way is fantastic."
Florida State had just finished their second appearance in the ACC Championship game when the NCAA men's and women's basketball championships were officially canceled on March 12, 2020. According to Semrau, there is somewhat a silver lining. "I think the best scenario has been that they've all had their chance to be a part of the big dance. They've been there, they've had the chance to experience it. They are grateful for that, and they're grateful to the fans, and the people at Florida State, their teammates, who have helped them to have such a fantastic senior year."
Semrau, her staff, and returning players not have to shift their focus to next year. As for the three FSU seniors-- Nicki Ekhomu, Nausia Woolfolk, and Kiah Gillespie-- they will either prepare for the next step, which could be the WNBA Draft in April -- if it still happens -- or the workforce.