TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Seminole Women’s Hoops carries a four-game win streak into the City of Brotherly Love as it travels to face Atlantic-10 opponent Temple on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.
Florida State (8-1) leads the all-time series against Temple (3-6) 3-1, including a 2-0 record under head coach Sue Semrau. The two teams last met on Jan. 3, 2010, with FSU coming away with a 77-64 victory over the Owls in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles are 2-0 when facing Temple on the road. They won by a 74-69 score on Jan. 6, 1983, and defeated the Owls in Philadelphia on Dec. 7, 2008, by an 86-67 score. In the 2008 affair, FSU led 45-17 at halftime.
FSU is 7-6 vs. Pennsylvania-based opponents, making its last visit to the Keystone State on Jan. 2, 2014, when it defeated Pittsburgh 78-69. The Noles are 1-0 against Pittsburgh, 3-1 vs. Temple, 1-3 vs. Penn State, 2-0 vs. St. Joseph’s and 0-2 vs. Duquesne.
“Sunday’s game is extremely important,” Semrau said. “To be able to go to Temple, which is a program that has had a lot of success, and take them on their home court – it’s a big advantage for us when we soon have to open up on the road in the ACC.”
Although it’s still early in the season, Florida State is currently ranked 28th in the RPI. Four ACC teams are ranked in the Top 20 including Notre Dame (8), North Carolina (9), Louisville (18) and Duke (20).
Junior center Adut Bulgak leads the ACC with five double-doubles, a total that is also tied for seventh in the nation. Bulgak is averaging 14.8 points and 9.9 rebounds this year, posting double-doubles in each of her last two games. It only took the first three minutes and 34 seconds of FSU’s 77-51 win over Florida last game for Bulgak to reach double figures with 10 points.
The Seminoles are coming off a great defensive performance where they forced Florida into 30 turnovers. It was FSU’s most turnovers forced since UNCG had 34 against the Noles on Dec. 22, 2012.
Florida State has out-rebounded its opponents in each of its nine games played this season. FSU ranks sixth in the country in rebound margin at +14.8 boards per game.
Sophomore Ivey Slaughter is coming off one of her best games of the season as she wreaked havoc on Florida in the post. Slaughter finished with a season-high 18 points and was excellent in drawing fouls against the Gators.
Sophomore Brittany Brown did not record a steal last game against the Gators. Through her 42 career games played, Brown has been held without at least one steal in just four games.
Redshirt junior guard Morgan Jones ranks 16th in FSU history with 70 3-points field goals made. She is five makes away from tying Robin Storey (1987-89), who has 75 career 3-point field goals made.
Temple is coming off an 88-55 loss to nationally-ranked Rutgers on Dec. 10. The Owls are averaging 66.1 points per game and making 6.6 3-point field goals per game.
The Owls have four double-figure scorers, led by sophomore guard Feyond Fitzgerald’s 12.9 points per game. Junior guard Erica Covile leads Temple in rebounding, averaging 7.4 boards per outing.
Following Sunday’s game, FSU will host UNF on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Tuesday’s game features the Holiday Canned Food Drive, where you can receive free tickets to an upcoming FSU home game by donating a canned food item.
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