Florida State women's coach taking leave to be with ill mom

NEW YORK (AP) Florida State women's basketball coach Sue Semrau has always preached to her team that family comes first.

After trying to go back and forth between Seattle and Tallahassee, Florida, during the last couple of months to be with her 81-year-old mom, who has ovarian cancer, Semrau decided to take a leave of absence for the coming season to spend time with her family.

"I was starting to consider it in April and May. I was waiting for the COVID to get better and it could be different," Semrau said during a call Thursday. "I realized with the players coming back I was needing to be present as a head coach. That's when the decision became more obvious to me."

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