TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 6 Florida State Women’s Basketball (19-2, 7-1) continues its sprint to 20 wins as it begins the middle part of its three-game road swing at Georgia Tech (13-6, 2-4) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
A win over the Yellow Jackets would tie the 2014-15 team as the fastest squad in program history to 20 victories at 22 games played. Ironically, the last time FSU traveled to Georgia Tech on Jan. 30, 2015, it also held a 19-2 record as well as a six-game win streak.
Thursday’s game will not be televised, but fans can continue to listen to the action locally on WQTL 1061.1 FM and via the free Seminole Gameday App.
Florida State owns a 24-20 overall record against Georgia Tech, including a 12-8 record in Atlanta. FSU has won its last three road games at Georgia Tech, and four of the last five games in the series. Over its last five games played against the Yellow Jackets, FSU is averaging 79.2 points per game.
The last time FSU and Georgia Tech matched up, junior forward Shakayla Thomas had the most dominant performance of her career. In a 75-69 win vs. the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 10, 2016, Thomas filled up the stat sheet with 32 points (14-of-20) and 14 rebounds. The performance propelled her to ACC Player of the Week honors.
The Seminoles enter Thursday’s game with a six-game win streak, currently the longest active streak in the conference. During that stretch, which includes AP Top 25 wins over Duke, Louisville and Virginia Tech, FSU is out-scoring opponents 79.3-54.3 (+25.0) per game. Thomas leads FSU in scoring over its six-game win streak at 15.7 points per game.
Florida State is 7-0 this season in road games. FSU boasts a +31.1 scoring margin in its seven matchups on the road (84.3-53.1). Senior Leticia Romero leads the Seminoles in road scoring at 12.0 points per game.
Romero is coming off a tremendous week in which she led FSU to wins over Syracuse (77-58) and No. 17/16 Virginia Tech (82-54). The Spanish Olympic silver medalist averaged 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists while shooting 50 percent (9-of-18) from the floor in the two wins combined. She also went 4-of-6 from 3-point range and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
In FSU’s seven road games played this season, it is shooting 47.5 percent (227-478) from the field, 35 percent from 3 (42-120), out-rebounding opponents by +18.6 per game (46.4-27.9) and forcing 20.3 turnovers per game.
The current senior class of Brittany Brown, Ivey Slaughter, Kai James and Romero is currently 97-27. The group needs just two wins to break the record of 98 wins held by both the 2010 and 2011 senior classes. A win over Georgia Tech ties the current winningest senior classes at FSU.
Florida State’s current three-game road trip in ACC play is its longest conference road swing since facing UNC, Virginia and Georgia Tech from Jan. 22-Feb. 2, 2006.
For the third time in FSU history, the Seminoles have started 7-1 in the ACC. In 2008-09, FSU started 11-1 and began the conference slate at 9-1 in 2014-15.
Following Thursday’s game, FSU has a bye weekend but returns next Thursday, Feb. 2, with a 7 p.m. matchup at Boston College on the ACC Network Extra.