January 27, 2017 - by
No. 11 #FSUWBB Faces Wake Forest in Winston-Salem

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — No. 11/11 Florida State Women’s Basketball (16-4, 6-1) carries its six-game conference winning streak into Thursday Night when it battles Wake Forest (11-9, 2-5) in Winston-Salem, N.C., at 7 p.m. FSU holds a 24-17 lead in the all-time series that dates back to the 1991-92 season.

Thursday’s game can be heard locally on WQTL 106.1 FM or via the Seminole Gameday App. Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will be on the call.

A win over Wake Forest would give FSU a seven-game win streak in ACC play, which would mark just the third time the Seminoles have registered a winning stretch of seven or more games in ACC play. Last year’s team that reached the ACC championship for the first time had a nine-game conference win streak, and the 2009-10 squad boasted an eight-game conference win streak.

From a historical perspective, Florida State’s longest win streak vs. an ACC opponent is against Wake Forest. From Feb. 9, 2002 (W, 63-56) to Feb. 17, 2011 (W, 82-79), FSU won 14 consecutive games against the Demon Deacons, its most vs. any ACC team (FSU has a current 13-game win streak vs. Clemson).

The Seminoles are 9-11 all-time on the road at Wake Forest, and prior to last year’s 110-80 shootout win by FSU, the Demon Deacons won each of the last three matchups. FSU’s high-scoring win on Jan. 25, 2015, was its second-most points scored and their highest since defeating Stetson 114-71 on Feb. 6, 1991. It was FSU’s most points scored in ACC competition.

The Seminoles rode junior point guard Leticia Romero’s season-high 19 points to a signature Top 25 win last outing at then-No. 16 Miami (W, 69-58). FSU outscored the Hurricanes 38-27 in the second half and shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the game’s final 20 minutes.

Florida State has won at least 16 of its first 20 games for the 10th time in program history, showing a 16-4 record entering Thursday’s game at Wake Forest. In six of its last eight seasons (including this year), FSU has started 16-4 or better through its first 20 games.

Over its last 18 games, Florida State has allowed just two opponents to surpass 70 points (Louisville – 79 – Jan. 1; UConn – 73 – Dec. 11). Over the span FSU is allowing just 51.6 points per game.

In ACC play, Florida State ranks among the Top 2 in several categories: scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, rebounding offense, rebounding defense, rebounding margin, assists, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, defensive rebound percentage and offensive rebound percentage.

Sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas’ All-America caliber season includes shooting 58.3 percent from the floor (144-of-247), which is second in the ACC. She is trying to be just the third Seminole to finish the year reaching 60 percent in a season.

Following Thursday night’s tilt vs. Wake Forest, FSU returns to Tallahassee for a Sunday matchup against Virginia Tech at 2 p.m. The game against the Hokies includes a pet adoption event through the Leon County Humane Society where several dogs will be up for adoption.

Fans can donate a pet-related item and get into the game for free. Recommended items include collars, leashes, harnesses, puppy formula, dog food, cat food, paper towels, treats and toys.

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