TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — For the 46th time, No. 10 (AP) Florida State Women’s Basketball will face longtime ACC opponent Duke in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The matchup will air on ESPN3 and can be heard for free via the Seminole Gameday App.
The Seminoles (19-4, 9-1) are 9-36 all-time against the Blue Devils (17-8, 6-5), but won last year’s meeting in Tallahassee 74-58 (Jan. 11, 2015). FSU is looking to snap a nine-game skid on the road against the Blue Devils. Its last win in Durham occurred on Feb. 8, 2001, defeating then-No. 4 Duke 71-69 to mark its highest-ranked road victory by AP Poll standards.
The Top 25 win was the first of 30 for current head coach Sue Semrau, and current assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff led the Seminoles that game with 20 points (7-of-14), eight rebounds and five steals.
FSU has a big week ahead vs. Tobacco Road schools. Following its Thursday night road tilt with the Blue Devils, FSU hosts North Carolina in an ESPN2-televised matchup on Sunday at 2 p.m. Since joining the ACC in the 1991-92 season, the Seminoles are looking to defeat both Duke and UNC in the same season for the fourth time ever (1991-92, 1992-93 and 2008-09).
The Seminoles hope to make some history of their own as they enter Thursday’s matchup with a nine-game win streak in ACC play. A win over Duke would set a new program record for consecutive ACC wins, as FSU is currently tied with last year’s NCAA Elite Eight team that won nine consecutive league games as well.
Just like in last year’s meeting, Thursday night’s game between FSU and Duke pits the two top rebounding teams in the ACC. FSU’s +14.3 rebound margin leads the ACC far and away while the Blue Devils are second averaging +8.6 in its rebound margin.
Over Florida State’s nine-game ACC win streak, the Seminoles are outscoring their opponents by 22.9 points per game. The average score is 75.4-52.6, and FSU is holding its opponents to just 36.9 percent shooting (171-of-463) over the stretch.
Sophomore All-America candidate Shakayla Thomas continues to elevate her play vs. ACC opponents. Compared to her non-conference numbers this year, she is averaging 1.1 more points (17->18.1), a better field goal percentage (57.4->59.3) and more rebounds (5.4->6.0) in conference games.
Florida State head coach Sue Semrau is approaching her 10th 20-win season as the leader of the Seminole program. FSU has won 20+ games in a season in six of the last seven years.
Over Florida State’s last 27 ACC games, the Seminoles boast a 24-3 record (88.9 winning percentage). Included in that is a 10-3 record on the road in that time span. FSU is 4-1 vs. ACC competition on the road this season.