TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A very important ACC matchup takes place in Tallahassee on Thursday night as No. 12 Florida State Women’s Basketball (19-4, 7-3) hosts Virginia (15-8, 8-2) at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra.
The Cavaliers enter the game in third place in the ACC standings, while FSU is solely in fifth. In each of the previous three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17), the Seminoles have finished second (2014-15), fourth (2015-16) and second (2016-17) in the ACC regular season.
Thursday’s high-stakes game is National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Donald L. Tucker Center. There will be free admission to all youth 18 and under.
A pre-game National Girls and Women in Sports Day clinic will be held on the concourse and includes members from FSU Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Women’s Golf and Swimming and Diving. FSU Spirit Groups will also be involved in the clinic.
The Seminoles and Cavaliers face off for the 52nd time in series history on Thursday. UVA owns a 35-16 lead, winning the first 20 meetings including all 18 meetings in the 1990s. FSU’s first win over UVA came on Jan. 24, 2001, winning 60-58 in Tallahassee.
Since that win, FSU has gone 16-15 against the Cavaliers, and has won seven of the last 12 meetings.
• Current assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff and Florida State Athletics Senior Woman Administrator Vanessa Fuchs were on the first Florida State Women’s Basketball team that knocked off Virginia in 2001. They were both seniors, and were also part of Head Coach Sue Semrau’s first NCAA Tournament team in that same season (2000-01).
• Florida State senior forward Shakayla Thomas earned a spot on the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, announced earlier this week. She is one of four ACC student-athletes on the prestigious list, joining Duke’s Lexie Brown, Louisville’s Asia Durr and Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale.
• Redshirt senior guard Imani Wright is coming off a record-breaking game at Pittsburgh this past Sunday. Wright delivered her 79th 3-point field goal made to break FSU’s single-season record of 78 3s held by guard Courtney Ward in the 2010-11 season.
• The Seminoles go for their 12th 20-win season under head coach Sue Semrau on Thursday night. In Florida State’s first six seasons in the ACC without Coach Sue (1991-97), it did not record a single 20-win season.
• FSU’s highest-ranking national statistic is its rebound margin. Florida State’s +12.2 rebound margin per game is third-best in the country.
• Senior center Ama Degbeon’s 3.8 offensive rebounds per game is the most in the league in conference play. She has four ACC games with 5+ O-boards.