Jan. 26, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State vs. Virginia
Saturday, January 26 * 7 pm
Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) * Tallahassee, Fla.
Radio: 1270 AM& XM 190 * ACC Select
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Florida State Back At Home To Face Virginia
Looking to match its longest winning streak of the season, the Florida State women’s basketball team is back at home after two road Atlantic Coast Conference contests. The Seminoles (14-6 overall, 4-1 ACC) play host to Virginia in a 7 p.m. tilt on Saturday (January 26). The Cavaliers (14-5, 3-1) have won eight of their last nine games. The game can be heard on 1270 AM, Seminoles.com and XM satellite radio channel 190. It an also be seen on ACC Select.
Saturday’s game with Virginia will not be seen on Sun Sports as originally scheduled due to a production conflict. Instead, the Seminoles’ February 28 contest will be aired on the network.
Seminoles Top Defensive Team During League Play
Coming into the conference schedule, Florida State’s defense was one of the porous in the league, giving up 62.5 points per game. However, since ACC play began, the Seminoles have been the best at keeping the ball out of the basket. The Seminoles have given up three less points than Duke to eek ahead of the Blue Devils for the top spot at 59.2 ppg. Florida State is second to only Duke with opponents hitting just 35.2 percent of their shots.
Lost in the shuffle of the teams ranked in the top 10 and the upstart season Georgia Tech is having, Virginia is putting together a very good season. The Cavaliers come into Saturday’s game having won eight of their last nine games with the only loss coming to Maryland. With three players averaging double figures, Virginia is third in the ACC at 73.5 ppg. Leading the way is sophomore guard Monica Wright, who is second in the conference at 17.8 ppg. Junior center Aisha Mohammed is the third at 8.8 rpg. Even though Virginia doesn’t have a single player in the top 10 in three-point shooting percentage or three pointers made, the team is second in the conference at 39.3 percent.
Seminoles Riding Four-Game Streak Against The Cavaliers
The last two seasons the Seminoles have had their best run against Virginia with four-straight victories. The streak started after the Cavaliers knocked Florida State out of the 2005 ACC Tournament. That wasn’t always the case as Virginia won the first 20 meetings. The Seminoles didn’t break through until 60-58 victory at home during Sue Semrau’s fourth season. Over the last five seasons, Florida State is 7-4 against the Cavaliers.