TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Seminoles.com) – The annual in-state clash between Florida State and Florida resumes once again on the hardwood as the women’s basketball squads face off in the “Share a Little Sunshine Showdown” on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Sunday’s game features several fantastic promotions. Following the game, the Holiday Snow Festival will be held right outside the Tucker Center from 4-8 p.m. The event includes 50 tons of snow. Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, cider/hot cocoa, holiday music, Florida State Cheerleaders, balloon artists and a visit from Santa Claus.
A pre-game pep rally will be held with notable non-profit program Girls on the Run, and the Sabal Palm Cheerleaders will perform a routine. Making a return to the Tucker Center are the Zooperstars.
The Florida State-Florida matchup will be streamed on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app, with Tom Block and Melissa Bruner on the call. Fans can listen to the game as usual on WQTL 106.1 FM or through the Seminole Gameday app for free, as Bob Thomas and Zach Stipe will handle the audio duties.
“We’re always excited to play Florida,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “This is what sports is all about when you get to play in a big rivalry game. Florida has always been a fast team who likes to get out and press and cause you problems. We’ve also got a team that’s fast as well, so it should be an exciting game.”
Sunday’s matchup marks the 42nd consecutive year the two in-state schools will have played, with the series beginning in the 1973-74 season. The Seminoles (7-1) have defeated the Gators (5-2) eight times in the last 11 meetings since 2004, as well as four times in the last five meetings since 2009.
The last time FSU and UF matched up in the Tucker Center, the Noles were powered by four double-figure scorers and got a career-high 21 points from Leonor Rodriguez in a 98-67 win in 2012. The victory was significant because it put FSU above .500 at home against the Gators, now owning a 16-15 record in Tallahassee.
Redshirt junior guard Morgan Jones recorded an FSU career-high 24 points against Florida in last season’s 76-68 victory in Gainesville on Nov. 21, 2013.
Current FSU assistant coach Danielle Santos is a former guard for the Florida Gators who played at UF from 2002-06. Among her many highlights was notching 37 career double-figure scoring games in orange and blue.
Florida State Athletics is currently 2-1 in head-to-head competition against Florida in the 2014-15 academic year. This includes football’s recent 24-19 triumph against the Gators on Nov. 29 and indoor volleyball’s five-set victory at home on Sept. 4.
UF owns a 42-32 edge over FSU all-time. Sunday’s game marks the 75th meeting.
Florida State is coming off a 67-64 overtime win at Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The victory was FSU’s 24th overtime win in school history. FSU is now 24-18 all-time in overtime.
The Seminoles are shooting 42 percent (50-of-119) from 3-point range, ranking sixth nationally. FSU has shot higher than its average in five games this season.
The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents in second-chance points this season by a per-game average of 20.9-6.9. That is a scoring margin of 14 points per game where FSU is taking advantage of second-chance opportunities.
Florida State currently holds an 18-game win streak against non-conference opponents at home. FSU last lost a non-conference game at home on Nov. 27, 2011, against Nebraska.
Florida is coming off a 68-58 loss on the road at Savannah State, but previously routed ACC school Virginia Tech by a 73-44 score in Gainesville. UF is averaging 16.6 assists per game, led by Cassie Peoples’ 34 assists. Its press defense has also created havoc for opponents, averaging 11.9 steals per game.
Peoples, a junior guard, also leads the Gators with 13 points per game.
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