January 20, 2016 - by
14/13 #FSUWBB Hosts Virginia in Key ACC Matchup

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — For the 50th time in series history, No. 14 AP/13 USA Today Florida State Women’s Basketball will face ACC opponent Virginia on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The important conference matchup features a “Ladies Night” promotion, where a $30 package includes two general admission tickets, two free drink vouchers and two pre-plated appetizers at the Spotlight Grille.

The game will be streamed once again on the WatchESPN app with Tom Block and Melissa Bruner on the call. Gameday audio can be heard as always on WQTL 106.1 FM or via the Seminole Gameday App, with Jonathan Schillace and Morgan Toles clogging up the airwaves.

The Seminoles (14-4, 4-1) trail the Cavaliers (13-6, 3-2) 15-34 in the all-time series, but all 15 victories have come under head coach Sue Semrau since 2001.

Since FSU’s first victory over Virginia on Jan. 24, 2001 (W 60-58 in Tallahassee), Semrau is 15-14 against the Cavaliers. Prior to its first win vs. UVA, FSU was 0-20 against the Cavaliers.

 

The Cavaliers have acted as a slight nemesis to the Seminoles in recent history. From 2012-14 UVA won four consecutive games against FSU, but the Noles have won each of the last two games by scores of 82-70 (March 2, 2014 in Tallahassee) and 65-56 (Feb. 15, 2015 in Charlottesville).

Florida State’s current 27-game home win streak, which is the longest in program history, began with its 82-70 win over UVA on March 2, 2014. In that game, then-freshman guard Brittany Brown went 10-of-11 for 21 points to mark the fourth-highest shooting percentage (90.9) in a game by an FSU player (based on a minimum of 10 attempts).

The Seminoles continue to dominate on the boards in conference play. In their five ACC games played, they’ve out-rebounded Louisville (+11), Boston College (+5), Georgia Tech (+25), Clemson (+20) and Pitt (+5). FSU’s +14.0 rebound margin per game is five more than the next-highest team (+9.0 – Notre Dame).

In ACC play, senior center Adut Bulgak has elevated her numbers to 15.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 50 percent (11-of-22) from beyond the arc. Overall, she is averaging 14.7 points with 8.3 boards.

In less than two seasons at FSU, Bulgak has already totaled 17 career double-doubles. Bulgak’s career total is tied for the third-most among active ACC players and the eighth-most in FSU history with FSU Athletics Hall of Famer Tia Paschal (1989-93).

Junior point guard Leticia Romero showed more offensive assertiveness in road wins last week over Clemson (85-40) and Pitt (66-55). The Las Palmas, Spain, native averaged 15 points, highlighted by an 18-point effort at Pitt that tied her season high.

A win over Virginia on Thursday would match FSU’s second-best six-game start to ACC play with a 5-1 record. FSU started 5-1 in 2002-03, 2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11 and last season. The best six-game start was 6-0 in 2008-09.

Adding to her prolific season is that sophomore Shakayla Thomas has produced two different performances that rank among the best in FSU single-game history in three categories: 32 points vs. Georgia Tech (Tied for 22nd most), 14 made field goals vs. Georgia Tech (T-8th most) and going 9-of-10 vs. Murray State (T-5th best).

Following Thursday’s game, FSU heads on the road to face No. 16 Miami in another key ACC showdown on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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