TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — No. 16 (AP)/14 (USA Today) Florida State Women’s Basketball travels to league rival Clemson for a Thursday night tilt at Jervey Gym, the temporary home of the Tigers until the Littlejohn Coliseum renovations are finished. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
Thursday’s matchup will be called by Don Munson and Bob Mihalic, while gameday audio can be heard on WQTL 106.1 FM or via the Seminole Gameday App for free. Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will provide the commentary.
The Seminoles (12-4, 2-1) and Tigers (4-11, 0-2) are tied overall at 24-24 in the all-time series. FSU and Clemson date all the way back to their first meeting on Dec. 20, 1980, at the MUW Christmas Tournament in Columbus, Miss. The Tigers won that contest 78-59, but FSU has won 23 of the last 24 meetings, including the last 12 matchups since the 2008-09 season.
Since joining the ACC in the 1991-92 season, FSU’s current 12-game win streak vs. Clemson is the second-longest over a conference opponent. FSU’s longest win streak vs. an ACC opponent since it joined the league was against Wake Forest at 14 games, winning every matchup from the 2001-02 season to the 2010-11 season.
The Seminoles hope history continues to repeat itself vs. the Tigers. Over its 12-game win streak, FSU has a scoring margin of +21.8 points per game.
In three games played against Clemson, junior forward Ivey Slaughter has been dominant on the boards averaging 11 rebounds per game. In FSU’s two wins last year (82-52 at Clemson; 81-38 at home), the Macon, Ga., native had a pair of 12-rebound performances.
Sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas won her first career ACC Player of the Week award after her scintillating 32-point, 14-rebound performance on Sunday at Georgia Tech. The Sylacauga, Ala., native went 14-of-20 from the floor, both career highs as well.
One of the areas where FSU has been most dominant against Clemson in recent history is the offensive glass. Over the last three games played, the Seminoles are averaging 24 offensive rebounds vs. the Tigers (30 in 2014 meeting, 21 in each of their 2015 meetings).
Rebound margin and scoring margin are two very critical stats, and FSU ranks in the Top 8 in both (6th – rebound margin; 8th – scoring margin). Only Maryland, Baylor and Texas rank within the Top 8 in both categories.
The Seminoles seem to save their best performances for the first and last periods of the ballgame. FSU has scored 311 points in each of those two periods (19.4 points), routinely getting off to fast starts while also finishing strong.
Following Thursday’s game, FSU faces another important road test at Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
SHAKAYLA THOMAS NAMED AN NCAA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FSU sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas was one of five student-athletes named as an NCAA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
After earning ACC Player of the Week honors for the first time on Monday, Thomas picks up her first national player of the week award following two strong performances against Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Sylacauga, Ala., native averaged 23 points, 9.5 rebounds and shot 64.3 percent in both wins.
Thomas’ career-best 32 points against the Yellow Jackets tied a season high for an ACC player this season, matching the outputs of North Carolina’s Destinee Walker (32 vs. Florida A&M) and Duke’s Azura Stevens (32 vs. Army). She also set career highs in field goals made (14), attempted (20) and rebounds (14) vs. Georgia Tech.