Feb. 1, 2014
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (seminoles.com) – The No. 23/25 Florida State women’s basketball team travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face conference opponent Wake Forest in a key road matchup on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at the LJVM Coliseum.
Sunday’s contest between the Seminoles (15-5, 3-4) and the Demon Deacons (11-10, 2-6) can be heard on WNLS 1270-AM with Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner on the call. The game will be live streamed on Wake Forest’s official athletic website, with a subscription-based fee required to view the game.
Sunday’s game will be the 40th all-time meeting between the two schools. FSU holds a 23-16 edge over the Demon Deacons, including a 19-6 record under head coach Sue Semrau. Florida State is trying to end a two-game losing streak against Wake Forest. Last season, the Demon Deacons knocked off FSU in Tallahassee, 80-72, and also defeated the `Noles in the 2011-12 year at home, 65-55.
“It’s an important time of the season for us to be able to rejuvenate and get ready for the stretch we have coming up,” Semrau said. “Wake Forest has always been a tough place for us to play. They’ve got a lot of different weapons and a great player in Dearica Hamby who is averaging a double-double. She’s a phenomenal player and we’ll definitely have our hands full.”
The `Noles have won six of their last seven on the road at Wake Forest. Throughout the series history, FSU is 9-10 when playing the Demon Deacons on the road.
Another great low-post battle awaits between FSU senior forward Natasha Howard and Wake Forest junior forward Dearica Hamby. Both players are the only student-athletes in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocked shots.
Two of Howard’s 35 career double-doubles have been against Wake Forest. In three games vs. the Demon Deacons, she is 13-of-24 (.542) with 29 rebounds (9.7 rpg), five steals and five blocked shots.
FSU will hope to take advantage of Sunday’s game should it come down to the wire. The `Noles have played in two overtime games and four other games with five-point margins, while Wake Forest has played in two games with a five-point margin (69-66 win over Davidson on Nov. 19 and 64-59 loss vs. Virginia on Thursday).
Sunday’s game begins a critical stretch of games in February leading up to the ACC Tournament. The `Noles have four games at home and four games on the road in February.
The `Noles have not allowed easy baskets much this season. Opponents are averaging just 4.5 fast-break points against Florida State, which included no fast-break points for Virginia Tech last game.
Wake Forest will look to extend its winning streak to three games against Florida State. Hamby averages a double-double with 21.1 ppg and 11.5 rpg for the Demon Deacons. In ACC play, Wake Forest is 2-6 and is coming off a close 64-59 loss at home to Virginia. Senior Chelsea Douglas is another big-time scorer for Wake Forest, scoring a league-best 48 points on Dec. 29 at FIU.
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