TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team prepares for a tough road environment as it faces Purdue on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge taking place at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.
Florida State and Purdue square off for just the second time in series history. The Seminoles (6-1) lead the Boilermakers (3-2) all-time at 1-0, winning 65-39 on Dec. 5, 1981, in the Boilermaker Premier. FSU all-time leading scorer Sue Galkantas led the Noles with 16 points (7-of-13) and nine rebounds in that game.
Subscribers of the Big Ten Network can watch the game on Big Ten Plus, which is available on their Apple devices and tablets. Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will call the action on WQTL – 106.1 FM, and their gameday audio can also be heard for free on the Seminole Gameday App.
The Seminoles are 5-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, posting wins over Indiana twice (85-78 in 2007, 82-74 in 2009), Penn State (73-60, 2008), Iowa (83-69 in 2012) and Michigan State (60-58 in 2013). FSU’s two losses came to Michigan State in 2010 (72-64) and Ohio State in 2011 (78-75 in overtime).
The ACC leads the challenge 6-0-1, with the tie being in 2011. Heading into Wednesday’s slate of games, the ACC is 48-32 in all games in the challenge.
The Seminoles are coming off a 2-1 showing at the Cancun Challenge during Thanksgiving Week. FSU lost its first game to Washington, 80-68, but rebounded with wins over Furman (94-63) and Hartford (69-59).
Senior point guard Maegan Conwright has put together a solid start to her season. The Arlington, Texas, native led FSU in five categories at last week’s Cancun Challenge: Scoring average (13.0 ppg), 3-point field goals made (7), total assists (12), total steals (10) and minutes per game (30.0).
Conwright has also reached double figures in the points column in all six of her games played. She is the only Seminole to score double-digit points in all of her games played.
FSU’s 16.7 rebounding margin is the seventh-best in the country heading into Wednesday night’s game. The Noles are averaging 44.9 rebounds per game and allowing just 28.1 boards per game. Offensively, the Seminoles have already scored 90 points or more in four games this season. Since head coach Sue Semrau took over in 1997, only the 2012-13 team posted more 90+ point games in a season with six.
The Seminole bench, led by the scoring of freshman Shakayla Thomas, has scored 20 or more points in six of FSU’s seven games this season. The Noles are averaging 26.3 points off the bench this season. Thomas is one of FSU’s scoring leaders in terms of points per minute.
Junior center Adut Bulgak has led FSU in points, rebounds OR blocks in all seven games this season. She has led FSU in points in five games, rebounds in six games and blocked shots in all seven games.
FSU owns a 27-36 all-time record against the current slate of teams from the Big Ten, which includes a 15-26 all-time record against former ACC rival Maryland.
Wednesday’s big matchup is FSU’s first true road game of the season. The Boilermakers are coming off their second loss of the season, a 79-59 defeat at the hands of George Washington, in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam.
Junior point guard April Wilson has led Purdue in scoring in each of its past three games, averaging 13.3 points during that span. She has also been potent in the passing game, averaging 4.8 assists to rank fourth in the Big Ten.
Senior forward Whitney Bays leads Purdue with 12.6 points per game as well as 10.8 rebounds. Purdue is averaging 67.6 points per game while holding its opponents to 64.2 points.
Following Wednesday’s game, FSU returns home for the “Share a Little Sunshine Showdown” against Florida on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Following Sunday’s game, the Holiday Snow Festival will be held right outside the Donald L. Tucker Center from 4-8 p.m. and includes 50 tons of snow. Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, cider/hot cocoa, holiday music, Florida State Cheerleaders, a balloon artists and a visit from Santa Claus.
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