March 16, 2018 - by
Noles Battle Little Rock in NCAA First Round

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – For the 13th time in the last 14 seasons, No. 3 seed Florida State Women’s Basketball heads to the NCAA Tournament.

The Seminoles (25-6) are hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the third time in the last four years, facing the 14th-seeded Little Rock Trojans (23-9) on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles carry an active 14-game win streak in NCAA First Round games dating back to 1991. The current first-round win streak is the second-longest active streak among ACC teams, only trailing Duke’s 23-game first-round win streak.

The Trojans boast one of the nation’s stingiest scoring defenses, allowing just 52.6 points per game to rank sixth nationally and first in the Sun Belt Conference. Florida State’s scoring offense (81.2 points per game) is 13th nationally and second in the ACC.

The Seminoles received their final Associated Press Poll ranking of the season at 11th. FSU has finished in the Top 15 of the poll in each of the past four seasons (7th in 2015; 14th in 2016; 10th in 2017; 11th in 2018), joining only UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Baylor, Louisville, Oregon State and Stanford to achieve that feat.

In preparation for the NCAA First and Second Rounds, FSU Women’s Hoops co-launched the #UnitedWeDance campaign in partnership with the United Way of the Big Bend. Head Coach Sue Semrau is pledging to match 10 percent of all ticket sales from the NCAA First and Second Rounds up to $10,000.

FSU aims for its fourth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and its sixth in program history (all since 2007). The Seminoles have made the NCAA Elite Eight in two of the past three years (2015 and 2017), one of just seven schools to reach multiple Elite Eights since 2015 (joins UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor, Tennessee and Stanford).

Florida State is led by the hot-shooting tandem of senior forward Shakayla Thomas (17.3 ppg, 50.5 percent shooting) and redshirt senior guard Imani Wright (17.0 ppg, 103 3-point FGs). Thomas is a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award given to the nation’s best small forward, and Wright joins Thomas as an All-ACC First Team player while leading the ACC with 103 3-pointers.

FSU looks to average 80+ points for just the second time in program history. The first and only time came in 1990-91, averaging a record 83.8 points. Florida State has drilled 223 3-point field goals this season, already a program record. The previous high was 216 in the 2014-15 season.

Fans can purchase all-session passes for the NCAA First and Second Rounds in Tallahassee on Noletickets.com. Following the FSU-Little Rock matchup, sixth-seeded USF and No. 11 seed Buffalo will face off at approximately 1:30 p.m.

For fans who live in out-of-market areas, the FSU-Little Rock game can be streamed on the WatchESPN app.

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