Feb. 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team gets a second crack at No. 5/5 Duke on Sunday at 1 p.m. and the Seminoles don’t plan on wasting it with the home crowd behind them at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
“We’re excited about getting a really big crowd out there supporting us,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “This is a really big game for us. We played Duke really close last time. Hopefully we can come out and play great. We’ve had our growing pains, but we are hoping to pull it together in this final stretch.”
The contest will mark FSU’s annual “Paint it Pink” game for breast cancer awareness and it will be broadcast live on RSN-TV, a collection of networks that includes Fox Sports Carolina, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida Sun Sports, Fox Sports North and ESPN3. It will also air on a tape delay at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.
The Seminoles (13-12 overall and 5-6 in the ACC) shot 51.9 percent and put four players in double figures in a 73-66 loss at Duke (20-3, 11-0) on Jan. 13.
FSU’s shooting percentage in that battle is the best of any Blue Devils’ opponent this season.
Sophomore forward Natasha Howard led the Noles with 17 points in the first matchup with Duke. Howard, whose 10 double-doubles this season leads the conference, has five double-doubles in her last seven contests and is averaging 17.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg in her last three home games.
FSU will need Howard to continue her impressive play in the paint if it expects to make the most of its second opportunity to take down the ACC’s first-place team.
The Seminoles will also need to limit their turnovers. Florida State had 25 against Duke last month, but the Garnet and Gold have since added junior point guard Morgan Toles to help solidify the backcourt.
The 5-9 transfer was granted eligibility on Thursday and played 31 minutes at Wake Forest. She’ll take over much of the point guard duties for junior captain Alexa Deluzio, who is averaging 13.0 ppg.
Duke is led by sophomore guard Chelsea Gray, who ranks first in the ACC in assists, and freshman center Elizabeth Williams, who sits atop the league in blocks. However, it was Tricia Liston who inflicted the most damage to the Noles earlier this season. She scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
The “Paint it Pink” promotion is presented by the Tallahassee Memorial Health Care Foundation, the Sharron Ewing Walker Breast Health Center and WTLH FOX49.
T-shirts will be available with a $10 donation and the first fans can receive a pink pom-pom and pink ribbons. Before the game, fans can stop by the marketing table and the TMH table located on the concourse for information.
After the game, fans are encouraged to checkout some online auctions at Seminoles.com to win an autographed team ball and a pink shoe signed by Semrau. All proceeds will benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center.
“Tallahassee has been fantastic in supporting this cause,” Semrau said. “Women’s basketball needs to be a leader in the fight against breast cancer. Events like this Sunday give hope and motivation to survivors. Please be a part of our team in helping raise money for early detection of breast cancer.”
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