November 4, 2016 - by

Family Ties in Sunday Exhibition

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 12th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team hosts its only exhibition of the season this Sunday at 2 p.m. as NAIA school St. Francis comes to Tallahassee for ‘Fan Day’ at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Admission is free to Sunday’s exhibition, which gives fans a glimpse at this year’s team that includes several very talented newcomers. A post-game social will be held afterward at the Tucker Center, and FSU clear bags will be given away at the game.

One intriguing storyline to Sunday’s game is the family ties of freshman guard Nicole Ekhomu, who hails from Bolingbrook, Ill., near Chicago. Her older sister Christina Ekhomu plays for St. Francis as a junior guard. Nicki’s unofficial debut against her sister will include several family members in the Tucker Center stands.

The Seminoles enter the 2016-17 season ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Last season, FSU stayed in the Top 15 of the national rankings for the entire season – a program first. FSU was predicted to finish third in the ACC in both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the conference’s coaches poll.

Florida State has six newcomers this season. They include junior center and Illinois transfer Chatrice White, who was an All-Big Ten performer in two seasons with the Illini. The seventh-ranked freshmen class in the country includes Ekhomu, fellow guards A’Tyanna Gaulden and Nausia Woolfolk and forwards Jasmine Walker and Iho Lopez.

Also making her unofficial debut with Florida State is redshirt junior guard Imani Wright. The Hooks, Texas, native was an All-Big 12 performer with Baylor and gives the Seminoles a long-range shooting presence.

The Seminoles bring back plenty of star power – Five all-conference players are on this year’s team. They include senior guard Leticia Romero (All-ACC), junior forward Shakayla Thomas (All-ACC; Sixth Player of the Year), senior guard Brittany Brown (All-ACC Defensive Team), Wright (All-Big 12) and White (All-Big Ten).

A tremendous home schedule is in store for FSU fans this season. Six preseason Top 25 teams come to Tallahassee, including UConn (Nov. 14), Florida (Dec. 8), Louisville (Jan. 12), Syracuse (Jan. 19), Miami (Feb. 6) and Texas (Feb. 13).

Following Sunday’s exhibition, the Seminoles will host Jacksonville State on Friday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m. in a game that has several Veteran’s Day promotions. More details on next week’s fan incentives will be announced soon.

Season tickets for the 2016-17 season are also on sale. Tickets are once again very affordable and come with excellent perks for both reserved section and general admission seat holders. Find out more information on season tickets by going onto Seminoles.com or by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

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