TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — The 12th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team prepares for a big-time matchup on Monday evening as it hosts four-time defending national champion and No. 1 UConn at 6 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center on ESPN2.
The game kicks off ESPN’s ninth annual College Hoops Tip-off Marathon with Beth Mowins and Doris Burke on the call. Fans can also listen to the game locally on the radio or via the Seminole Gameday App, as Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner provide the audio.
Monday night’s buzz-filled matchup is ‘Pack The Tuck’ night as well as Team Night, where registered youth teams will be in attendance.
FSU enters the Top-15 matchup with more milestones in mind. A win over the Huskies (0-0) would give the Seminoles (1-0) their seventh Associated Press Top 5 win in program history. Their last one came vs. No. 4 Louisville on Jan. 22, 2015, winning 68-63 in Tallahassee.
With UConn owning a No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll, an FSU win would mark its first over a Top-ranked team in program history. FSU’s highest ranked win ever came on Feb. 8, 2004, when it defeated No. 2 Duke 80-74 in Tallahassee.
On the rosters for both teams are college basketball’s only returning Olympians. FSU senior point guard Leticia Romero won a silver medal with the Spanish Olympic Team in Rio, while UConn junior guard Kia Nurse competed with the Canadian Olympic Team.
FSU owns a 33-game non-conference win streak at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Its last home loss to a non-ACC team came against Nebraska on Nov. 27, 2011.
The Seminoles won their first game of the season last Friday, a 73-62 win over Jacksonville State. FSU was paced by four double-figure scorers in Shakayla Thomas (16 points), Imani Wright (13), Ivey Slaughter (10) and Brittany Brown (10).
In last year’s meeting at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., junior forward Shakayla Thomas finished with 16 points (8-of-16) and four rebounds in 28 minutes in a 73-49 UConn win.
Monday’s game in Tallahassee is UConn’s season opener. FSU hopes to snap the Huskies’ streak of 20 consecutive season-opening wins. Their last loss in an opener came on Nov. 19, 1995, falling 83-81 to Louisiana Tech.
UConn loses the services of its top-notch senior leaders from a season ago, but returns key sophomore forward Katie Lou Samuelson (11.0 points per game in 2015-16), Nurse (9.3 points) and junior guard Gabby Williams (8.8 points).