TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The eighth-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team looks to extend its win streak to seven games when it hosts Western Carolina on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Following the afternoon matchup, a post-game snow festival will be held until 6:30 p.m. The fun event will include over 100,000 pounds of snow, free hot dogs, hot cocoa, music, horse-drawn carriage rides and even a visit with Santa Claus.
There is free entry to Sunday’s game for those that come with gift donations. The limit is one gift per person for free entry, as donated items will be placed inside the Northwest entrance in boxes. Gifts will be donated to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home.
Florida State (7-1) and Western Carolina (3-6) face off for the fifth time in series history on Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles lead 4-0 overall, with the last meeting coming six years ago to the day on Dec. 4, 2010 – a 68-48 win by FSU on the road in Cullowhee, N.C.
The first meeting between Florida State and Western Carolina occurred on Dec. 21, 1998, in which the Seminoles defeated the Catamounts 83-39 in Tallahassee. Current assistant coach and then-sophomore forward Brooke Wyckoff delivered 16 points (8-of-11), five rebounds, three blocks and three steals in just 19 minutes of play in the win.
FSU is working on a five-game win streak against schools from the state of North Carolina, predominantly ACC programs. In that stretch the Seminoles have defeated all four North Carolina schools in the ACC, including NC State twice.
The Seminoles are coming off a 75-61 win at Minnesota on Wednesday, their fifth consecutive victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. In the victory, FSU recorded a season-high 11 blocked shots, the third-most in program history and the most since recording a school-record 15 vs. Alabama A&M on Dec. 19, 2011.
A win over Western Carolina on Sunday would extend FSU’s win streak to seven games. Since the 2012-13 season, the Seminoles have recorded seven different win streaks of seven games or more, highlighted by last year’s 11-game win streak (all in conference play) from Jan. 7-Feb. 14, 2016.
Sunday’s matchup vs. Western Carolina will be the first of two regular-season games against a Southern Conference opponent. FSU travels to Mercer on Dec. 21 in what will serve as a homecoming game for senior forward and Macon, Ga., native Ivey Slaughter.
FSU is 19-12 all-time against Southern Conference schools, having won 14 consecutive games against the conference.
FSU is the reigning NCAA Team of the Week after winning the Paradise Jam championship last week over Michigan (76-62) while also defeating No. 25 Gonzaga (87-69) and Winthrop (98-35).