January 17, 2018 - by
Hot-Shooting Women’s Hoops Heads to Wake Forest

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The hot-shooting, high-scoring Seminoles (16-2, 4-1) begin their two-game road swing on Thursday evening at conference opponent Wake Forest (13-4, 2-2) beginning at 7 p.m. at LJVM Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The matchup can be live streamed on the ACC Network Extra through the WatchESPN App. Live audio will be provided on Seminoles.com and locally through WQTL 106.1 FM.

Florida State enters this mid-week matchup coming off back-to-back 100-point efforts vs. Miami (105 last Thursday) and Virginia Tech (107 on Sunday), the first time in program history FSU has recorded triple-digit efforts in back-to-back games.

Florida State Women’s Basketball ranks first in the ACC and fourth in the NCAA averaging 88.1 points per game. By comparison, last year’s NCAA Elite Eight squad recorded the highest points-per-game average at FSU in 26 years, averaging 79.0 points per game. Through the first 18 games last season, the Seminoles were averaging 82.0 points, 6.1 less per game than this year’s version.

The Seminoles are riding a three-game win streak against Wake Forest, utilizing tremendous offense to get past the Demon Deacons in all three games. Over FSU’s current three-game win streak vs. Wake Forest, it is averaging 102.6 points per game. Prior to the short streak that began with a 110-80 win on Jan. 25, 2015, in Tallahassee, FSU had lost the previous three games vs. Wake Forest from 2012-14.

Following the Wake Forest contest, FSU heads to second-ranked Louisville for a nationally-televised ‘We Back Pat’ matchup on Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

PRE-GAME NOTES
• Florida State has received contributions from several student-athletes this season, but the overall play of redshirt senior guard Imani Wright against ACC opponents has been enormous. In five ACC games, Wright leads FSU averaging 22.0 points per game and is shooting 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from long range. Wright has played in four of the five ACC games, missing FSU’s Jan. 4 matchup at Clemson due to illness.
• Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 selection Shakayla Thomas continues to climb the FSU record books. In her game-high 21-point effort last game against Virginia Tech, she became the third Seminole to cross 1,700 career points. Thomas is third in FSU history with 1,712 career points, 21st among all active players in the NCAA. The Sylacauga, Ala., native spent her first two years coming off the bench as a two-time ACC Sixth Player of the Year.
• Florida State and Wake Forest have proven to gain the edge in turnovers and offensively rebound well, especially in ACC play. FSU is third in the league in turnover margin (+2.8) and first in offensive rebound percentage (48.9 percent), while the Demon Deacons are second in the ACC in turnover margin (+4.0) and third in offensive rebound percentage (36.7 percent).
• In ACC play, FSU leads the ACC in 10 categories. Among the most impressive, FSU leads the ACC in field goal percentage defense (37.2%) and 3-point percentage defense (28.9%).
• Sophomore guard Nausia Woolfolk is third on FSU averaging 15.2 points in ACC play. As a freshman last year, she averaged 2.3 points against conference competition.

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