TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sunday afternoon’s matchup is a New Year’s Eve special as No. 13/13 Florida State (12-1, 0-0) Women’s Basketball opens ACC play against talented North Carolina (10-3, 0-0) at home at the Donald L. Tucker Center beginning at 2 p.m.
The Florida State-UNC battle on the hardwood will air on ACC Network Extra and can be heard on WQTL 106.1 FM or Seminoles.com.
A $15 game package is offered for Sunday’s game. It includes a game ticket, a commemorative FSU wine glass and one free beverage at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Tickets to the ACC opener can be purchased on Seminoles.com.
• The Seminoles have not begun conference play at home since Dec. 30, 2012, when they defeated Boston College 76-70. Since then, FSU played four consecutive ACC openers on the road.
• The Seminoles have won eight of their last 11 ACC openers, and have faced North Carolina just once in a conference opener (Dec. 11, 1993 at North Carolina – UNC 102, FSU 61). Despite FSU’s recent success in ACC-opening games, FSU is 11-15 all-time in conference openers.
• While the Tar Heels own a strong 33-12 edge over Florida State all-time, the tide has turned in recent seasons. The Seminoles have won three of the past five meetings, including last year’s 90-77 road win at UNC on Jan. 5, 2017. In that meeting, current redshirt senior guard Imani Wright scored a game-high 22 points, going 9-of-16 from the floor.
• Senior forward Shakayla Thomas will soon reach another milestone, and it is expected to come in Sunday’s game against the Tar Heels. The Sylacauga, Ala., native’s first made basket will give her 712 career field goals made, which would put her in sole possession of second place at Florida State and move past Seminole legend Natasha Howard. The two Seminole stars are currently tied for second at 711.
• Sunday’s matchup pits two of the better scoring teams in the ACC. Florida State ranks first in the conference and 11th in the country at 87.1 points per game, while UNC is fourth in the ACC and 25th nationally averaging 82.0 points. Both schools are also among the ACC leaders in assists, with UNC averaging 18.5 and FSU averaging 16.8.
• Over the last three years, Florida State has been one of the conference’s most dominant teams with a 40-8 record in ACC play (.833 winning percentage) and has averaged 13.3 conference wins. Twenty-one seasons ago, head coach Sue Semrau took over a program that was mired in an 18-game losing streak vs. ACC opponents.
• The beginning of ACC play can also offer the chance for state bragging rights between the state of Florida and North Carolina. Since the 2014-15 season, the Seminoles have combined to go 10-2 against the ACC’s four North-Carolina schools, which includes defeating both Duke and UNC in back-to-back games in each of the last two years.
• Florida State has rung up 90+ points against North Carolina in each of the past two seasons. Last year, FSU defeated the Tar Heels 90-77 in Chapel Hill, and won 94-63 in Tallahassee in 2016.