February 14, 2012 - by
Seminoles Host Tar Heels

Feb. 14, 2012

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team welcomes North Carolina for a 7 p.m. matchup at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Wednesday.

The contest will air live on ESPN3.com and will serve as FSU’s “Fan Appreciation Day.” Fans are encouraged to sign up for prizes at the marketing table on the concourse at the arena.

The Seminoles (13-13 overall, 5-7 in the ACC) have lost two consecutive games, and two straight to the Tar Heels – a pair of streaks they hope to erase.

The Seminoles lost a hard fought battle to No. 5 Duke on Sunday in Tallahassee, 67-57, three days after a 65-55 defeat to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.

Those games were the first this season for transfer point guard Morgan Toles, a junior from Fayetteville, Ga. The Seminoles are adjusting to the new lineup with their new floor general on the court – a move that has allowed junior captain Alexa Deluzio to slide over to the off-guard position.

North Carolina (17-8, 7-5) comes into the game needing to make some adjustments of its own, having dropped three straight – including a 40-point loss at Duke on Feb. 6.

“I think both teams have been up and down this season,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “With the assertion of our new point guard, we are getting the rhythm of where we need to be on both ends. I’m excited about the acceleration of her meshing with our team, and I’m excited to see tomorrow if we can be the better basketball team.”

The Tar Heels are led by senior center Chay Shegog. She tops UNC in scoring (16.1 ppg) and is a two-time ACC Player of the Week this season. Additionally, North Carolina starts senior power forward Laura Broomfield, the ACC’s leader in rebounding (9.8 rpg), giving the Tar Heels a potent punch in the paint.

“Shegog is a tremendous player,” Semrau said. “They are the best offensive rebounding team in the conference. They may put the ball on the glass, but they are going to go get it. We have to be great at boxing out tomorrow night.”

Florida State will counter UNC’s post presence with a pair of on-the-block stars of its own in sophomore forward Natasha Howard and senior center Cierra Bravard.

Howard is tied for the ACC lead in double-doubles with 10, while Bravard leads FSU in scoring at 13.9 ppg.

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