Jacksonville, Ala. (Seminoles.com) – No. 18/14 Florida State Women’s Basketball plays its first road game of the season at Jacksonville State on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Sunday’s game serves as a homecoming trip for senior forward Shakayla Thomas. The Cheryl Miller Award Watch List candidate is from Sylacauga, Ala., nearly 90 minutes south of Jacksonville. FSU traveled to her hometown on Saturday evening and met several family and friends of Thomas.
Sunday’s matchup can be heard via audio stream on Seminoles.com, or by tuning in locally on WQTL 106.1 FM in Tallahassee. Ariya Massoudi and Melissa Bruner will be on the call.
• No. 18/14 Florida State begins its first of 15 road games in the regular season on Sunday at Jacksonville State. The Seminoles will look to carry their road warrior reputation once again this year, as more than half (15 of 29) of their games will be played on the road.
• Sunday’s matchup at Jacksonville State marks the first of the “FSU Seniors Homecoming Tour.” Senior forward and Sylacauga, Ala., native Shakayla Thomas is expected to have some of her hometown crowd in the stands at the Pete Mathews Coliseum.
• For the second straight game, FSU faces a repeat opponent from last season. The Seminoles opened their 2016-17 season with a 73-62 home win over the Gamecocks. That was FSU head coach Sue Semrau’s 600th game, and Alabama native Thomas led the Seminoles in scoring with 16 points.
• The Seminoles are 9-2 in their last 11 road openers of the season. Last year, FSU’s first true road game did not come until the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Minnesota on Nov. 30 – a 75-61 FSU win.
• Two Florida State standouts in senior center Chatrice White and senior forward Shakayla Thomas were named to a couple prestigious watch lists earlier in the week. White was honored on Friday by being named one of the Top 20 centers in the country on the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List. Thomas was named one of the Top 20 small forwards on the Cheryl Miller Award Watch List.
• FSU is coming off its fourth-highest scoring output in program history, winning 109-51 over UNF in its season opener on Friday. It was the 29th time the Seminoles have crossed the triple-digit mark in their 46 seasons of play, including the fifth time since the 2014-15 season.