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.