Jan. 26, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – After a tough home loss last Sunday, the Florida State women’s basketball team will look to bounce back this weekend with a pair of conference road tests.
The Seminoles (11-10, 3-4 in the ACC) travel to NC State (13-7, 3-4) to face the Wolfpack at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Reynolds Coliseum, before jetting over to Charlottesville, Va., to take on Virginia (15-7, 3-5) at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Both games this weekend will air live on television.
Friday night’s game is being broadcast 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.
Sunday’s matchup with the Cavaliers will air live on ESPNU.
“These are two really great programs and two tough places to play,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “It’s a formidable challenge. I’m excited to have the opportunity to go up there and play two games on television and represent Florida State well.
“If we have any desire to look into the postseason, we need to win these two games. I hope we come out and fight with everything we have. I fully expect that, and I’m excited for what the weekend holds.”
The Seminoles fell to Georgia Tech, 79-55, on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center due in part to 24 turnovers that the Yellow Jackets took advantage of to score 32 points.
On Friday night, FSU will have to take better care of the ball against a Wolfpack team that is averaging 10.5 steals per contest this season.
The Seminoles have won four straight against NC State, however, including a 76-69 win in Raleigh, N.C., last season in which sophomore forward Natasha Howard recorded a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds).
Howard is averaging 16.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg in her last four contests.
FSU has also won four straight against Virginia, including games in both Tallahassee and Charlottesville last season.
Virginia lost to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 63-53, on Wednesday night – it’s third loss in four games. The Cavaliers are led by Ariana Moorer (12.6 ppg) and Ataira Franklin (12.3 ppg) and have a first-year head coach in Joanne Boyle.
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