March 3, 2016 - by

Seminoles Prepare for ACC Tournament

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — For the second consecutive year, the 14th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team has received a double bye in the ACC Tournament. No. 4-seeded FSU faces either No. 5 seed Miami or No. 12 seed Pitt on Friday at 11 a.m at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Friday’s game will air on the ACC’s regional sports networks, which include FOX Sports Sun in Tallahassee. Mike Hogewood and LaChina Robinson will be on the call, while Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner bring the gameday audio on WQTL 106.1 FM and through the Seminole Gameday App.

The Seminoles (23-6, 13-3) will play in their 24th ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Last year FSU reached a new level of success at the tournament by getting to the ACC Championship Game where it eventually fell to No. 1 seed Notre Dame.

A win on Friday morning in the quarterfinals would create FSU’s fifth appearance in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Saturday at noon on ESPNU. The Seminoles have reached the ACC semifinals four times (2001, 2009, 2013, 2015). Last year No. 2 seed FSU defeated No. 3 seed Louisville 66-51 behind 17 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots from current junior forward Ivey Slaughter.

Shakayla Thomas and Leticia Romero were members of the 2015 All-ACC Tournament first and second teams, respectively. Thomas is second in the conference in field goal percentage (55.9) and third in scoring (17.3 points per game). Romero ranks in the Top 10 in assists (4.6), 3-point field goal percentage (40.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5).

 

 

Florida State finished the 2015-16 regular season with a 13-3 conference record, marking the second-most ACC wins in program history. This comes after its 2014-15 year where it set the school record for most ACC wins with 14 (finished 14-2).

The Seminoles are looking to win their opening-round game at the ACC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Last season FSU defeated Virginia Tech in its opening game 82-43 behind 17 points in 21 minutes from Shakayla Thomas, who made her ACC Tournament debut.

Junior point guard Leticia Romero has been Captain Clutch in FSU’s last two games at NC State (W, 56-52) and vs. Miami (W, 70-67). In the final five minutes of the two wins, Romero has gone 4-of-5 from the field, 5-of-6 from the line, 1-of-1 from 3-point range and has not committed a turnover.

FSU will look to use the ACC Tournament as a springboard toward hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the second straight year. The Noles are currently 13th in the RPI, bumping up three spots following their second win of the season vs. Miami (No. 34 in the RPI).

Two members of the Florida State Women’s Basketball team were named to the Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC Team in Thomas (first team) and Adut Bulgak (second team). Thomas also earned ACC Sixth Player of the Year for the second straight season.

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