TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team faces a quick turnaround as it hosts North Florida on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Tuesday night’s game kicks off a series of holiday promotions for home FSU Women’s Basketball games. The contest features the Holiday Canned Food Drive, where fans can donate a canned food item and receive tickets to an upcoming home game.
This Friday night’s home game against Savannah State at 7 p.m. is both “Ugly Sweater Night” and “Mom’s Night Out.” Fans are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweaters at the game, and mothers can purchase tickets on Seminoles.com and enter the promotion code “MOM” for a $7 ticket with one free drink.
The game will be streamed once again on the WatchESPN app, with Tom Block and Melissa Bruner on the call. Fans can download the Seminole Gameday App and listen to the contest for free as Jonathan Schillace and Bob Thomas handle the commentary.
The Seminoles (9-1) bring a season-best five-game win streak into Tuesday’s game against the Ospreys (5-4). FSU and UNF are meeting for the second season in a row, and happen to be playing exactly one year from their last game. On Dec. 16, 2013, the Noles upended the Ospreys, 61-42, in Tallahassee behind a career-high 19 points from then-freshman forward Ivey Slaughter.
It has been over three years since Florida State lost to a non-conference opponent at home. The Seminoles are riding a 19-game win streak against non-conference teams at the Tucker Center. FSU’s last loss at home to a non-ACC team came against Nebraska on Nov. 27, 2011, falling 66-63.
In three home games this season against UAB (W, 92-62), Bethune-Cookman (W, 103-34) and Florida (W, 77-51), FSU is averaging 90.7 points per game. Through its 9-1 start to the season, Florida State has a +22.3 scoring margin, the third-highest in the ACC. At home, the Noles have a +41.7 scoring margin.
Slaughter, whose career-high in points came vs. UNF last year, recorded her 10th career double-double last game in a 66-62 road win at Temple. It was Slaughter’s first of the season. Junior center Adut Bulgak tied her career high by registering five blocks in the tight road win over the Owls. It was just the second time this season the Noles won a game in single digits, with the other being a 67-64 OT win at Purdue.
Florida State Women’s Hoops is 13-1 against opponents from the Sunshine State since the 2012-13 season. FSU has defeated Miami (5-1), Florida (3-0), Stetson (2-0), Jacksonville (1-0), Bethune-Cookman (1-0) and North Florida (1-0).
Sophomore Brittany Brown is shooting 80 percent (24-of-30) from the free throw line to lead FSU this season. Last year she was 39-of-71 (54.9 percent) from the charity stripe, including 22-of-35 (62.9 percent) through her first 10 games played.
Redshirt junior guard Shakena Richardson is averaging a team-best four assists per game, tied for seventh in the ACC. Among the league’s leaders, Richardson is the only one who comes off the bench.
The Seminoles are one of just four ACC teams averaging 80 points or more through the first month of the season. They join Notre Dame (89.8), Louisville (84.6) and North Carolina (80.8).
UNF has won two straight entering Tuesday night, including a buzzer-beating 54-53 victory at Tennessee State on Dec. 6. Senior guard Destinee Smith launched the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the Ospreys the victory.
Smith leads UNF with 12.4 points per game as well as 12 steals. Sophomore guard Bailey Florin is second on the team averaging 10.6 points. Florin is shooting 47.2 percent from long range (17-of-36).
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