January 6, 2016 - by
No. 19/15 #FSUWBB Prepares for ACC Home Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — The No. 19/15 Florida State Women’s Basketball team looks for its first win in conference play as it hosts league foe Boston College in its ACC home opener on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The ACC tilt can be viewed on the WatchESPN app as Tom Block and Melissa Bruner will handle the commentary. Gameday audio can be heard on WQTL 106.1 FM or through the Seminole Gameday App as announced by Jonathan Schillace and Morgan Toles.

Thursday’s promotion includes the annual Mascot game, where several mascots will participate in a pick-up game at halftime to the delight of many fans.

The Seminoles (10-4, 0-1) lead the Eagles (11-2, 0-1) 12-1 in the all-time series and have a 5-0 record in Tallahassee. FSU has fared well in its ACC home openers lately, winning eight out of the last 10 since the 2005-06 season. One of FSU’s biggest turning points in last year’s NCAA Elite Eight season was its ACC home-opening win over then-No. 13 Duke, 74-58.

Florida State’s last two wins over Boston College have been highlighted by special individual performances: In 2014, former point guard Cheetah Delgado set the single-game assists record with 15. Last season, current point guard Leticia Romero delivered the program’s second triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Despite falling in its conference opener last game at Louisville, FSU received an inspired performance from senior center Adut Bulgak. The Edmonton, Canada, native delivered 22 points (8-of-13), a career high for her vs. an ACC opponent. She also tied her career high with four 3-pointers.

 

 

Junior power forward Ivey Slaughter will play her third game against the Eagles. The Macon, Ga., native is averaging 12.5 points and five rebounds vs. BC, going 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from the floor.

B.C. (50.5 ppg) and FSU (55.0 ppg) are second and third in the ACC in scoring defense, respectively.

Florida State joins North Carolina as the two ACC programs with two players in the Top 10 in scoring. Sophomore Shakayla Thomas is third with 16.9 points per game while senior Adut Bulgak is eighth with 14.9 points per game.

Among ACC teams, Florida State is the only member of the conference that ranks in the Top 3 in the league in scoring offense (third at 75.5 points per game) and scoring defense (third at 55.0 points allowed per game).

Florida State shot 33 percent from 3-point range through the first nine games. Over the last five games, however, FSU has shot 43.8 percent from long range (35-for-80), and is now shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc this year.

The Seminoles have had four different leading scorers this season: Shakayla Thomas (6 games, including tying Adut Bulgak vs. Murray St.), Bulgak (6 games), Brittany Brown (2 games) and Leticia Romero (1 game).

Following Thursday’s matchup, FSU will host Georgia Tech on Sunday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the league’s regional sports networks, which includes Fox Sports Sun.

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