TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Sunshine State rivals collide on the hardwood Sunday afternoon as No. 14 AP/13 USA Today Florida State (15-4, 5-1) faces No. 16/16 Miami (17-2, 5-1) on the road in Coral Gables, Fla., for a 1 p.m. tip. Sunday’s game will be the 50th meeting in series history, with FSU owning a 37-12 advantage.
The contest will be streamed on the WatchESPN app with Joe Zagacki and Kelly Schumacher on the call. Gameday audio can be heard on WQTL 106.1 FM and through the Seminole Gameday App with Bob Thomas and Melissa Bruner calling the action.
Sunday’s big game will be just the fourth time both teams have faced while ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press Poll in what will be their 50th meeting. The other ranked matchups include: Jan. 24, 2010 (#15 FSU 66, #22 Miami 59 in Tallahassee), Feb. 24, 2010 (#14 Miami 84, #9 FSU 68 in Miami) and Jan. 13, 2013 (#18 FSU 86, #24 Miami 55 in Tallahassee).
The Seminoles have won seven of the last eight matchups vs. Miami, including the last three games on the road. Last year’s regular-season finale included a 69-55 win at the BankUnited Center, where then-sophomore point guard Leticia Romero notched her second career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds along with six assists.
Since the 2012-13 season, Florida State owns a 19-2 record against Florida-based opponents. This season, FSU is 2-1 against teams from the Sunshine State, dropping its season opener at UF (82-72) but defeating UNF (80-28) and Jacksonville (77-60) at home.
Florida State sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas is coming off a game vs. Virginia where she scored 20 points (10-of-13) in 16 minutes played, scoring 16 in the second half. The Sylacauga, Ala., native has two games in ACC play this year where she has scored more points than minutes played (32 points vs. Georgia Tech/31 minutes).
Under head coach Sue Semrau, Florida State has generated 29 AP Top 25 wins since her arrival to Tallahassee in 1997. This includes a single-season record six AP Top 25 victories last season en route to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Against FSU’s four opponents this season currently in the AP Top 25 (No. 22 Florida, No. 17 Louisville, No. 8 Arizona State and No. 1 UConn), senior center Adut Bulgak is averaging 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and shooting 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from beyond the arc.
A win over Miami would give FSU a 6-1 record in ACC play, which would tie for their best start through seven games since joining the league in 1991. FSU began ACC play at 6-1 in the 2008-09 season and in last year’s 2014-15 campaign.