Feb. 16, 2008
FSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Florida State at #3 North Carolina
Sunday, February 17 * 1 pm
Carmichael Auditorium (10,180) * Chapel Hill, N.C.
Radio: 1270 AM * Fox Sports Net
FSU Radio: Ryan Pensy (PBP) * Melissa Bruner (Color)
TV: Mike Hogwood (PBP) * Debbie Antonelli (Color)
The Opening Tip (What You Need To Know):
Florida State Continues Road Stretch At #3 North Carolina
Playing its third Atlantic Coast Conference road game in four outings, the Florida State women’s basketball team finds itself in the Tar Heel state to play that team that got its nickname from the state. The Seminoles (15-9, 5-4 ACC) will try to stop a two-game ACC road slide when they take on No. 3 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Sunday (February 17). The Tar Heels (23-2, 10-0) are in first place in the ACC. The game can be heard live on 1270 AM and Seminoles.com. It will be televised live on Fox Sports Net, which is channel 29 on Tallahassee Comcast cable, channel 630 on DirecTV and channel 420 on Dish Network.
Seminoles Trying To Break Through Against Ranked Opponent
To prepare for the tough ACC schedule, Florida State put together a challenging non-conference slate that featured four ranked teams. Unfortunately, the Seminoles couldn’t pick up a win over a ranked foe. Florida State has lost its last six games to ranked teams since beating No. 5 Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Scouting North Carolina
It’s hard to imagine that a team could lose one of the best players in school history and be better, but that might be the case for North Carolina. With three-year All-American and first round WNBA selection Ivory Latta gone, the third-ranked Tar Heels find themselves alone at the top of the conference standings with an unblemished 10-record. North Carolina has the best offense in the country, averaging 88.3 ppg. with a scoring margin of +25.3 ppg. that is second in the country. Five different Tar Heels are averaging double figures, led by junior Rashanda McCants at 15.8 ppg. UNC is also playing good defense, ranking first in the ACC by holding teams to 26.6 percent behind the arc and second in overall rate at 35.4 percent.
Seminoles Looking To Reverse Trend Against The Tar Heels
Following a thrilling 79-73 victory over UNC during the 2004-05 season, the Seminoles have lost their last two meetings by an average of 19 points. FSU started the series with the Tar Heels well, winning two of the first four contests in the ACC, but since then it has been all North Carolina. Florida State has lost 23 of the last 26 contests to UNC and 12 of 14 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have been ranked in 24 of the 29 meetings during ACC play with the Seminoles winning three of those contests, including one at Carmichael Auditorium – 85-66 on Feb. 10, 1992.