February 18, 2018 - by
Noles and Blue Devils Square Off on ESPN2’s ‘Big Monday’


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 12 Florida State Women’s Basketball (22-4, 10-3) carries a four-game win streak into Monday’s night’s matchup at No. 17/16 Duke (20-7, 9-5) on ESPN2’s ‘Big Monday’ beginning at 6 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Over the course of its four-game win streak (at Pittsburgh, vs. Virginia, at Miami, vs. Clemson), the Seminoles have held opponents to just 58.8 points per game and just 37.2 percent shooting from the floor (89-of-239).

Duke’s Play4Kay game will be Florida State’s third consecutive game played to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness. It started with a big 91-71 win on Feb. 11 to sweep the regular-season series with Miami for the fourth straight year. FSU followed with a 91-43 win vs. Clemson on FSU’s ‘Paint it Pink’ game in Tallahassee this past Thursday.

After absorbing a nine-game losing streak at Duke since the 2002 season, the Seminoles won their last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium 69-53 on Feb. 11, 2016. A win on Monday would mark FSU’s first two-game win streak in Durham since defeating the Blue Devils in both 1992 and 1993.

The Seminoles own a current three-game win streak against the Blue Devils, which includes a 69-45 victory in Tallahassee last season. A victory on Monday would tie for FSU’s longest win streak against the Blue Devils. In the first four meetings between the two programs in 1992 (twice) and 1993 (twice), FSU won all four matchups.

• Florida State senior forward Shakayla Thomas made FSU history last game, recording 200+ made field goals in a season for the third time in her career. Entering the season, only Thomas and FSU legend Sue Galkantas (1980-84) had multiple season of 200+ made field goals, but Galkantas never reached the mark three times. Galkantas remains one of the NCAA’s most prolific scorers with 2,323 career points.
• For the fourth consecutive year, the Seminoles reached the double-digit mark in conference wins after grabbing their 10th last game vs. Clemson. Since the 2014-15 season, FSU is 50-11 in ACC play (.820) and joins only Notre Dame and Louisville as the three ACC programs who have earned double byes in the ACC Tournament in each of the previous three seasons.
• The Seminoles are look for their third consecutive 50+ percent shooting effort, which would equal a season long. Last game FSU shot 51.6 percent vs. Clemson, and shot 54.8 percent in its previous game at Miami.
• Redshirt senior and Lieberman Award candidate AJ Alix is coming off her fifth game this season with 10+ assists. She had 11 points and 11 assists vs. Clemson.
• In the month of February during the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, FSU has made 75 free throws (an average of 15 makes per game).

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