Both teams appear to be reaching peak form throughout their program’s history. Thursday’s matchup includes the highest AP Top 25 ranking by both teams when playing each other.
In five career games against Miami, senior point guard Leticia Romero has seized the moment. The Las Palmas, Spain, native is averaging 16.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and shooting 60.9 percent (28-of-46) vs. the Hurricanes. She has led FSU in scoring in each of the past three games against Miami.
In FSU’s two wins during its last week of play against North Florida (W, 95-39) and Mercer (W, 83-40), Romero was tremendous. She finished 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) from the floor and averaged 19.5 points per game, scoring 22 vs. UNF and making a career-best five 3-point field goals at Mercer.
The Seminoles are 10-15 all-time in ACC openers, but have won seven of their last 10 ACC-opening matchups. FSU plays on the road in an ACC opener for the fourth straight season after playing at Pittsburgh in 2014 (W, 78-69), Notre Dame in 2015 (L, 68-74) and Louisville in 2016 (L, 69-79). Since Miami joined the ACC in the 2004-05 academic year, both teams have never played each other in an ACC opener.
FSU leads the all-time series against the Hurricanes, 39-13. Following Thursday’s game, FSU hosts NC State on Monday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center for its ACC home opener.