February 25, 2017 - by
No. 8 Noles Seek Third ACC Co-Regular Season Title

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (Seminoles.com) – An ACC co-regular season championship is at stake for No. 8/11 Florida State (25-4, 13-2) on Sunday afternoon against league-leading No. 5/4 Notre Dame (26-3, 14-1) at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. With a win over the Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion, the Seminoles secure their third ACC co-regular season title (also were co-regular season champions in 2009 and 2010).

A win over the Fighting Irish would give FSU its first No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament held at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. While FSU earned co-ACC regular season titles in 2009 and 2010, it lost head-to-head tie-breakers to Maryland (2009) and Duke (2010) to earn No. 2 seeds.

The Seminoles are looking to become the first ACC team to defeat Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion since the Fighting Irish joined the conference in 2013-14 (31-0 in Notre Dame, Ind.). The last time an active ACC team defeated the Fighting Irish in Notre Dame, Ind., was Jan. 10, 1987, when No. 20 Maryland downed the Irish 69-48.

Florida State continues to lead the ACC with a school-record seven AP Top 25 victories this season. From Nov. 25-Feb.6, FSU went on a seven-game win streak against nationally-ranked opponents. FSU is 7-2 against Top 25 teams while Notre Dame is 6-1.

The Seminoles and Fighting Irish boast outstanding senior classes whom were honored in each of their last games. FSU’s class that includes Gabby Bevillard, Brittany Brown, Kai James, Leticia Romero and Ivey Slaughter have a record of 103-29 (.780), the winningest class in program history. Notre Dame seniors Lindsay Allen and Diamond Thompson have a career mark of 132-9 overall (.936).

FSU junior forward Shakayla Thomas knows how to raise her game against elite competition. In AP Top 25 games this season, she is averaging 18.1 points and 7.0 rebounds. This includes 20-point performances against Louisville (24 points), Texas (23) and Duke (22).

The Seminoles are coming off a 79-48 win over Pittsburgh in their regular-season home finale on Feb. 23. FSU goes for its 26th win, which would surpass last year’s team that went 25-8 and earned a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Senior forward Ivey Slaughter has been productive against Notre Dame in her career. In last season’s matchup in Tallahassee, the Macon, Ga., native finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She is shooting 48.3 percent (14-of-29) in five career games vs. Notre Dame.

A win at No. 5 Notre Dame on Sunday would be FSU’s highest-ranked road win since defeating fifth-ranked Stanford, 68-61, on March 9, 2007, to advance to the program’s first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.

A win over No. 5 Notre Dame on Sunday would be FSU’s eighth AP Top 5 win, and its first since defeating No. 4 Louisville 68-63 at home on Jan. 22, 2015.

The Seminoles are looking to reach 14 ACC wins for just the second time in program history. The 2014-15 team finished 14-2 in ACC play.

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