TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Winners of three straight in ACC play, No. 16/14 Florida State Women’s Basketball makes its seventh trip to the Keystone State as it battles conference foe Pitt on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
Kevin Wheeler and former West Virginia University standout Meg Bulger will call the action on ESPN3, while Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will handle the gameday audio on the Seminole Gameday App and WQTL 106.1 FM.
The Seminoles (13-4, 3-1) are 2-0 all-time against Pitt, with both games coming each of the last two years as ACC regular-season contests. FSU downed the Panthers (8-9, 0-4) in its 2014 ACC opener 78-69 in Pittsburgh, and defeated Pitt 58-43 on Jan. 15, 2015, in Tallahassee.
Against Pennsylvania-based schools, the Seminoles are 10-6 overall. This includes meetings with Pitt (2-0), Temple (5-1), St. Joseph’s (2-0), Penn State (1-3) and Duquesne (0-2).
Florida State is looking to win four of its first five ACC games for the ninth time since joining the conference in the 1991-92 season. Through its first 11 seasons in the conference the Noles rarely came close to a 4-1 or better start, but in eight of the next 13 seasons FSU has garnered at least four victories in its first five conference games.
The first-ever matchup between FSU and Pitt in Pittsburgh was a very physical battle. In the Seminoles’ 78-69 win on Jan. 2, 2014, both teams combined for 46 personal fouls (Pitt-24, FSU-22) and 51 free throw attempts (FSU-36, Pitt-15).
In last year’s 58-43 win, junior point guard Leticia Romero produced a game-high 19 points (8-of-12), seven rebounds, three assists and just two turnovers. Sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Adut Bulgak did not play due to a head injury.
Over Florida State’s current three-game win streak vs. conference opponents Boston College, Georgia Tech and Clemson, opponents have averaged just 7.7 assists per game. By comparison, FSU has averaged 14.7 assists during the three-game stretch.
Last game at Clemson, the Seminoles made their first 18 free throws and finished 25-of-29 (86.2 percent) to mark a season high in free throws made and free throw percentage. It was FSU’s highest percentage since also going 25-of-29 vs. Alabama State on March 21, 2015.
Following Sunday’s game, FSU returns home for a Thursday night matchup with Virginia on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.