Dec. 6, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team hosts Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. in a game that is deemed “Daddy Daughter Day” to promote special father-daughter bonding at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
A Dads & Daughters package includes two tickets to the Sunday game along with two small drinks and two hot dogs for just $15 total. The promotion is not just limited to fathers and daughters, but for the entire family as additional youth are just $5.
Part of the “Daddy Daughter Day” festivities include the always-popular photo booth located on the concourse near the marketing table for all fans to take pictures in. Other promotions involving father-daughter bonding will also be on display at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Sunday afternoon.
“Each game presents an opportunity for our team to get better,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “Jacksonville comes in having won three straight and our team is looking forward to the challenge. We’re also looking forward to our promotion with ‘Daddy Daughter Day.’ We hope it will present a chance for dads and daughters to get out to the game and enjoy themselves while spending quality time together.”
Sunday’s matchup between FSU and JU will air on ESPN3 and can also be accessed through the WatchESPN app. Tom Block will handle play-by-play while Melissa Bruner will provide color analysis. Fans can also listen to the game on WNLS 1270-AM and through Seminoles.com with Jonathan Schillace and Bob Thomas on the call.
The ‘Noles play their third in-state opponent this season in Jacksonville, owning a 2-0 all-time record vs. the Dolphins (3-2). Both teams have not met since Dec. 18, 2002, when FSU defeated Jacksonville on the road, 71-51. FSU was led by former WBCA All-American Genesis Choice’s 15 points in the contest.
The ‘Noles own a seven-game win streak over teams from Florida. It’s the longest win streak against teams from the Sunshine State since winning seven straight beginning with UCF on Dec. 31, 2008 and ending with a loss at Miami on January 10, 2010.
Florida State is looking to win eight of its first nine games for the seventh time under Head Coach Sue Semrau. In her coaching career at FSU, the ‘Noles also got off to 8-1 starts in 2001-02, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13.
Senior forward Natasha Howard is looking to tie the school record of 31 career double-doubles held by Sue Galkantas (1981-84). The Toledo, Ohio, native has 30 double-doubles, including one in four consecutive games. Howard’s previous high for consecutive double-doubles was three set last season vs. NC State (2/14/13), UNC (2/17/13) and Duke (2/22/13).
Howard also has 70 career double-figure scoring games, by far the most of any current Seminole. Howard has hit double digits in the scoring column in six straight games.
Florida State’s scoring defense has allowed just 57.5 points per game, good enough for second in the ACC. Five of FSU’s first eight opponents have been held to under 60 points. FSU ranks 13th nationally with 12.5 steals per game, and has garnered more steals than the opposition in six of eight games played this season.
A win over Jacksonville on “Daddy Daughter Day” would be the 14th straight win at home over a non-conference opponent for the ‘Noles. FSU’s last home loss outside of ACC play was vs. Nebraska on Nov. 27, 2011.
The Dolphins come to Tallahassee with their fins held high as they ride the waves of a three-game win streak. They remained perfect at home and improved to 3-2 on the season when they defeated Tennessee State, 87-66, on Wednesday night.
Sophomore guard Queen Alford led the squad with her first double-double of the season, totaling 24 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort. Alford and Sherranda Reddick are tied for the team lead with 14.6 points per game.
Like Florida State, JU has been able to force turnovers this season with great efficiency, averaging 12 steals per game. JU has already made their way to Tallahassee once this season, falling in their season opener at Florida A&M, 69-64.
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