TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 13/11 Florida State Women’s Basketball team is looking for its first 8-0 start since the 2009-10 season as it travels to James Madison for a 2 p.m. tip-off on Sunday.
The game will be live streamed on MadiZONE SportsNet, which is a video production run by James Madison and includes play-by-play commentary and multiple camera angles. As always, Sunday’s matchup can also be heard locally on WQTL 106.1 FM and via Seminoles.com.
A win over James Madison would mark the third time FSU has begun the season 8-0, with the 2004-05 team being the standard-bearer with a 12-0 start.
Florida State and James Madison face off for the second consecutive season and the second time in program history. FSU leads the series 1-0 after winning last year in Tallahassee by an 84-64 score on Nov. 20, 2016. In that game, Shakayla Thomas led FSU with 17 points while former player Brittany Brown became the first player in program history to amass 500+ rebounds, 300+ assists and 200+ steals in a career.
FSU follows Sunday’s game with a home matchup against Stetson on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m on ACC Network Extra.
• The Seminoles carry a seven-game win streak against non-conference opponents on the road. This season, FSU has already defeated Jacksonville State (75-51), Florida (84-54), Grambling State (96-53) and Iowa (94-93) on the road, and topped Mercer (83-40), UAB (93-47) and Minnesota (75-61) last year.
• The Seminoles are pretty unfamiliar with Colonial Athletic Association opponents. Of the 1,329 games played in program history, just three have come against CAA teams. The first was a 67-56 win over Towson on Dec. 21, 2004, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second was a 72-54 win over Hofstra on Dec. 12, 2007, at the FIU Fun & Sun Classic in Miami, Fla., followed by last year’s win over JMU.
• Florida State is coming off a riveting road win at Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, winning a 94-93 shoot-out on Wednesday. The Seminoles faced a 12-point deficit with seven minutes remaining, but in that span Shakayla Thomas’ 15 points and 6-of-6 shooting propelled FSU’s comeback. Thomas wound up with 31 points on 14-of-23 shooting along with 10 rebounds – her 12th career double-double.
• Redshirt senior guard Imani Wright is in her second playing season at FSU after transferring from Baylor. The sharp-shooting performer already has 94 3-point field goals in her 42 games played at FSU. By comparison, the fastest FSU shooter to 100 3-point field goals is Tanae Davis-Cain (76 games), a mark that Wright should shatter by nearly a whole season’s worth of games.
• Redshirt senior point guard AJ Alix continues her season-long streak of positive assist/turnover ratios in each game. Following her eight assists to three turnovers at Iowa, she is 13th nationally and first in the ACC at 4.25.