Nov. 30, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball squad faces a quick turnaround on the road as it travels to Miami-Ohio on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.
Fans can listen to all the action by tuning into WNLS 1270 AM as well as Seminoles.com for pre-game, in-game and post-game audio. Bob Thomas will handle the play-by-play duties while Melissa Bruner will be on the call providing color analysis.
Florida State is 2-0 all-time against Miami-Ohio, defeating the RedHawks (1-4) 89-68 at a neutral site in the 1981-82 season and winning 82-56 in Tallahassee in the 2004-05 season.
Senior forward Natasha Howard is a Toledo, Ohio, native who grew up merely two hours away from Oxford, Ohio. Howard heads to her home state playing her best basketball so far, tying an ACC season-high with 11 field goals made in a 79-49 win over Stetson on Friday.
FSU has a relatively brief history against current Mid-American Conference schools. The ‘Noles are 8-1 overall against current teams from the MAC, playing Akron (2-0), Central Michigan (1-0), Kent State (1-0), Miami-Ohio (2-0), Northern Illinois (1-1) and Toledo (1-0).
The ‘Noles are on the fringe of being in both the USA Today Top 25 and the Associated Press Top 25. FSU is receiving 18 votes in the USA Today Top 25 and is the first team out, while receiving 17 votes in the AP Poll.
Florida State holds an early scoring margin this season of +19.7 points. Overall, the ‘Noles have shot 47.3 percent (172-for-364) from the field and have actually put up three less field goals than their opponents.
Redshirt sophomore guard Morgan Jones leads FSU in scoring overall as well as scoring on the road. In FSU’s three road games this season, Jones is averaging 17.7 points and shooting nearly 47 percent from 3-point range (7-for-15). She also leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game this year.
Florida State’s zone defense has been effective, especially inside the key. The Seminoles raised their average to six blocks per game, with Howard having 17 and Kai James posting 14.
The stellar play of redshirt junior forward Lauren Coleman has been a spark for FSU. She is coming off a career-high 12 points against Stetson and has shot 40 percent from 3-point range in her last two games.
Florida State’s three road games at Cincinnati (W, 63-58), Florida (W, 76-68) and Louisville (L, 69-59 OT) have been tightly contested. FSU holds a scoring margin of just three points on the road (198-195).
Miami-Ohio brings back some quality experience from last year’s squad that finished 19-13 overall and lost in the first round of the postseason WNIT. The RedHawks’ lone win of the year came against Chicago State on Nov. 16, earning a 55-39 victory.
Miami-Ohio has relied on its defense in most games this season, holding opponents to under 40 percent from the field (39.5 percent). Senior guard Hannah Robertson has been efficient from beyond the arc this season, shooting 10-of-20 from the 3-point range.
The RedHawks have shown to be a scrappy bunch on the inside, out-rebounding the opposition by a +5.2 margin. Sunday’s contest will be the RedHawks’ fourth home game of the season, showing a 1-2 record thus far vs. Eastern Kentucky (55-59), Duquesne (58-78) and Chicago State.
Following Sunday’s game, FSU hosts No. 21/18 Michigan State at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
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