COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – The fifth-seeded Florida State Women’s Basketball team is looking for a repeat trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, but it will have to get past home-court holder and fourth-seeded Texas A&M on Monday night in the NCAA Second Round. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2 in Reed Arena.
The Seminoles (24-7) are going for their fourth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, having made trips in 2007, 2010 and last year’s 2015 campaign. FSU head coach Sue Semrau has led the Seminoles to one Sweet 16 appearance in which they had to win their second-round game on the opponent’s home court.
On March 24, 2007, No. 10 seed FSU defeated No. 2 seed Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., by a 68-61 score. FSU’s other two appearances in 2010 and 2015 included second-round wins in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles and Aggies (22-9) have a split record at 1-1 all-time. In the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 5, 2009, FSU defeated No. 3 Texas A&M 60-53 in Tallahassee. The win is tied for the second-highest ranked AP Top 25 victory for the Seminoles, only trailing FSU’s 80-74 win over No. 2 Duke on Feb. 8, 2004.
Junior guard Brittany Brown picked up her fourth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday’s 72-55 win over Middle Tennessee. It marked the third consecutive NCAA postseason FSU had a player record a double-double, as current guard Leticia Romero posted a 14-point, 10-assist performance in last year’s first round vs. Alabama State.
For the 12th time this season, FSU had four players reach double-figures in the scoring column against Middle Tennessee – Leticia Romero (17), Adut Bulgak (15), Shakayla Thomas (11) and Brittany Brown (10).
Transition defense has been preached heavily over the last few weeks. In its first-round win over Middle Tennessee, FSU outscored the Blue Raiders in fast-break points 16-4. FSU benefited by going 10-of-16 in the fourth period to break away, equivalent to 62.5 percent. The Seminoles outscored the Blue Raiders in the final period 23-13.
The Seminoles’ 46.1 percent shooting (874-of-1896) from the floor is the 11th-best nationally. FSU’s current mark is the highest by the program since the 1992-93 year (46.6 percent).
Texas A&M freshman Ariel Howard set an NCAA Tournament record with 27 rebounds vs. Missouri State in the first round. FSU allowed 22 rebounds to Middle Tennessee. FSU’s 28.6 rebounds allowed per game is the third-lowest in the country behind Albany (27.1 rebounds) and Vanderbilt (28.3 rebounds).
Florida State is looking to join Syracuse (79-56 win vs. Albany) and possibly Notre Dame (vs. Indiana on Monday at 5:30 p.m. CT) as the ACC’s three representatives in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Monday’s game can also be heard on 106.1 FM with Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner back on the call.