OMAHA, NEBRASKA (Seminoles.com) – No. 13 Florida State Women’s Basketball visits Omaha, Nebraska for two reasons: To play another quality opponent in Creighton, and to bring Nebraska native Chatrice White home for the holidays.
The Seminoles (10-1) and Bluejays (6-3) play on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. The game will be video streamed for free on Jays Video, located on the gocreighton.com website. Audio can also be heard on Seminoles.com or locally on WQTL 106.1 FM.
White’s homecoming trip to Nebraska should be special. She made her name at Shelby-Rising City High School, where she became the first Nebraska High School female to be named a McDonald’s All-American in 2014.
White finished her career with the Nebraska girls record for career rebounds (1,349) and ranked sixth on the Nebraska girls career scoring list with 2,136 points. She also starred on the Cornhusker Shooting Stars AAU Team.
Thursday’s game at Creighton will mark White’s third trip to the Cornhusker State since she has been in college. As a freshman at Illinois, she played at Nebraska in Lincoln on Jan. 29, 2015, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. As a sophomore, she also visited Lincoln on Jan. 10, 2016, garnering one of her current 33 collegiate double-doubles with 14 points and 12 boards.
• Florida State Women’s Basketball makes only its second visit to the state of Nebraska, as it played against the Huskers on Dec. 8, 2012. Although FSU fell in that contest 78-77 in the closing seconds, 2016 Spanish Olympic Silver Medalist Leonor Rodriguez led the Seminoles with 24 points, going 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-4 from deep.
• FSU Athletics is playing a head-to-head matchup against Creighton for the first time since 1991. In that year, FSU softball defeated the Bluejays 3-2 in Tallahassee. FSU Athletics’ last trip to Creighton was also in softball, as it split a doubleheader in Omaha on April 18, 1988. FSU Women’s Basketball is just the third Seminole sport to play Creighton, as both men’s basketball programs squared off on Dec. 29, 1964 in Oklahoma City (Creighton 85, FSU 77).
• Thursday’s game is a battle of two teams that take great care of the basketball. FSU ranks eighth in the country with just 12 turnovers per game, while Creighton is 11th with 12.1 turnovers per game.
• In what was her 11th game played of the season last game at Texas, senior forward Shakayla Thomas already crossed 100 field goals made. Her previous fastest mark was in her first 14 games in the 2015-16 season.
• Last game against Texas, Shakayla Thomas became the third Seminole with 1,600+ career points and 700+ made field goals. She joins FSU legends Sue Galkantas and Natasha Howard.