TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – It’s that time of year to break out the ugly holiday sweaters and recite your favorite lines from Christmas Vacation. On Friday night, there’s no better place to do that then at the Donald L. Tucker Center as Florida State Women’s Basketball hosts Savannah State on “Ugly Sweater Night” at 7 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweaters and help create a festive atmosphere as we prepare for another joyful time of year. Friday’s matchup is also “Mom’s Night Out,” where mothers can purchase tickets to the game on Seminoles.com and enter the promotion code “MOM” for a $7 ticket with one free drink.
For those who cannot don their latest holiday gear at the game, they can keep tabs on all the action on the WatchESPN app, as Tom Block and Melissa Bruner come back for another call. Looking to strike gold on the radio waves are Bob Thomas and Jonathan Schillace, as the game can be heard locally on 106.1 FM and via the Seminole Gameday App.
Florida State (10-1) is 1-1 all-time against Savannah State (4-4), but its lone win in the series is a memorable one. On Nov. 23, 2003, FSU defeated the Tigers 107-28 in Tallahassee, the second-largest win (79 points) in school history.
FSU and Savannah State have played two common opponents so far in Bethune-Cookman and Florida. The Noles defeated BCU 103-34, while Savannah State lost to the Wildcats 59-52. Both teams defeated Florida, with FSU getting a 77-51 win while the Tigers upended the Gators 68-58 on Dec. 4 at home.
The Seminoles own a 29-9 all-time record against teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Included in that is a 24-8 record against cross-town opponent Florida A&M. The Seminoles have won eight consecutive games against MEAC opponents, including wins over Florida A&M (4), Bethune-Cookman (1), North Carolina A&T (1), Coppin State (1) and Savannah State (1).
FSU’s current six-game win streak is the longest active win streak in the ACC. Miami has a five-game win streak and plays UCLA on Thursday in New Orleans.
Junior center Adut Bulgak is coming off a season-best 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting in FSU’s 79-58 win over North Florida. Over FSU’s six-game win streak, Bulgak has averaged 16.3 points and 9.7 rebounds on 60.9 percent shooting (39-of-64).
Last game against UNF, Bulgak was well on her way to being the 19th Seminole to have a 30-point game. However, she was subbed out of the game for good with 7:49 remaining when she had 26 points. In her last two first halves played at home against Florida and North Florida, she has scored 32 points in 33 minutes. Her 18 first-half points last game against UNF was a team high.
Eight of Florida State’s 12 active players have higher scoring averages at home compared to their overall average. Leading the way is Bulgak’s 19.3 points at home compared to her 15.5 points overall.
Over its last three games played against Florida, Temple and UNF, Florida State trailed for only 13 seconds of the 120 total minutes played in basketball time. Florida State finished its last game against North Florida with seven 3-point field goals made. The Noles have drained seven treys or more in a game five times this season.
The Seminoles have out-rebounded their opponents in each of their 11 games this season. FSU is grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game while its opponents are corralling 29.4 boards per game.
Redshirt senior point guard Maegan Conwright is averaging just two turnovers per game despite constantly handling the ball. In all 10 of her games played this season, she has never had more turnovers than assists. Her assist to turnover ratio this year is 35/20.
Savannah State is coming off a 62-56 loss on the road to Auburn. The Tigers have not crouched at their opposition, playing quality foes including Arkansas, Florida and South Carolina in addition to their most recent matchup with the Tigers.
Redshirt senior guard Ezinne Kalu is a top-notch player who averages 18.4 points and is shooting 48.3 percent (56-of-116) from the floor. In the 68-58 win over UF, Kalu was a major factor scoring 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-5 from long range, as well as six assists.
Savannah State is forcing its opponents into 22.3 turnovers per game while committing just 15.9 miscues on the offensive end. Its lone road victory came on Nov. 30 in an 83-80 win at Troy, where Kalu scored 24 and got to the free throw line 11 times. Senior guard Jasmine Norman, who is second on the team averaging 10.9 points, added 17 in the win over Troy.
Following Friday’s game, FSU heads to New Orleans to face a difficult Tulane team on Monday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. ET.
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