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No. 10 #FSUWBB Hosts No. 2 Notre Dame in ‘Paint it Pink’ Game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Two of the ACC’s best face off in Tallahassee as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday selection as No. 2 Notre Dame travels to No. 10 Florida State on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The contest marks FSU’s annual ‘Paint it Pink’ game to support breast cancer awareness.

Beth Mowins will handle the play-by-play duties as part of ESPN2’s telecast, while Stephanie White will provide the color analysis. Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner return providing gameday audio through WQTL 106.1 FM and via the Seminole Gameday App.

The Fighting Irish (25-1, 13-0) and Seminoles (21-5, 11-2) rank in the Top two of the ACC in three key categories: Scoring offense (1. ND – 80.5; 2. FSU – 75.8), scoring margin (1. FSU – +20.4; 2. ND – +20.1) and field goal percentage (1. ND – .494; 2. FSU – .472).

Monday’s big game is also Florida State’s ‘Paint it Pink’ game, where fans are encouraged to wear pink and show support in the fight against breast cancer awareness. Pink T-shirts will be sold on the concourse level of the Donald L. Tucker Center for a $10 donation, with the proceeds benefitting the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

The women’s basketball community and beyond always focuses on the life of former NC State Head Coach Kay Yow, who lost her courageous fight to breast cancer on Jan. 24, 2009. FSU head coach Sue Semrau held a close and competitive friendship with Yow, and considers Yow one of her greatest mentors alongside John Wooden, Bobby Bowden and former Wisconsin women’s basketball coach Jane Albright.

 

No. 10 #FSUWBB Hosts No. 2 Notre Dame in ‘Paint it Pink’ Game

 

The last two Florida State women’s basketball breast cancer awareness games have been memorable. Two years ago on Feb. 9, 2014, former point guard Cheetah Delgado broke the single-game assists record vs. Boston College with 15 in a 72-55 win. Delgado lost her mother, Mary Ann Montes, to breast cancer on March 12, 2009.

Current student assistant Gabby Bevillard provided FSU’s moment of the year last season when she suited up for one game after previously retiring due to four ACL tears in her high school and college career. On breast cancer awareness day vs. Clemson on Feb. 19, 2015, she hit a 3-point field goal in honor of her mother Maureen, who passed away from bladder cancer on Jan. 29, 2015.

The Seminoles are looking for their eighth win over a Top 5 ranked team in the Associated Press poll. Six of Florida State’s seven Top 5 AP wins have come under the guidance of Sue Semrau, who began coaching the Seminoles in the 1997-98 season.

A win over the No. 2-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish would match Florida State’s highest-ranked AP win in program history. FSU defeated then-No. 2 Duke 80-74 on Feb. 8, 2004, in Tallahassee.

Junior point guard Leticia Romero has put up good shooting numbers against Notre Dame in her two games played vs. the Fighting Irish. In those games she is a combined 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from the floor and averaging 14 points.

Perhaps the greatest single mismatch in the ACC, sophomore Shakayla Thomas has made enormous strides in year two. Compared to her first 25 games last year, Thomas is averaging 6.8 more points, shooting nearly 5 percent better from the floor and shooting nearly 21 percent better from the line.

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