December 9, 2016 - by
Seventh-Ranked Women’s Basketball Travels to UAB

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 7 Florida State Women’s Basketball prepares for a quick turnaround as it travels to face UAB on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

The Seminoles (9-1) are coming off an 83-58 win over No. 23 Florida on Thursday and face the Blazers (4-3) in less than 48 hours from their tip-off time against the Gators. Fans can listen to the game on the Seminole Gameday App or locally through WQTL 106.1 FM, with Ariya Massoudi (PBP) and Melissa Bruner on the call.

The game will also be live streamed on UAB’s athletic website via Blazer Vision, with a subscription being required to watch the event.

FSU and UAB prepare for their 13th all-time meeting. FSU owns a 7-5 record against UAB, with the series beginning on Dec. 31, 1978, in Birmingham, Ala.

Florida State is currently riding an eight-game win streak in which it has defeated two AP Top 25 opponents (No. 25 Gonzaga – 87-69; No. 23 Florida – 83-58). Over the course of the win streak, FSU is outscoring opponents by an average of +30.8 points per game (85.4-54.6) and owns a turnover margin of +7.1 (15.6-22.8).

The Seminoles have two Alabama natives in junior forward Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga) and freshman forward Jasmine Walker (Montgomery). Thomas was awarded Miss Alabama Basketball in 2014 and Walker earned the honor in 2016, giving the Seminoles two Miss Alabama Basketball recipients in the past three years.

 

Seventh-Ranked Women’s Basketball Travels to UAB

 

Thomas’ last high school game played came in the city of Birmingham when she guided Sylacauga High to the Alabama High School Athletic Association 5A state championship game. Thomas’ FSU debut also came vs. UAB on Nov. 14, 2014, when she scored 10 points and had six rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench in a 92-62 win.

In her two-game career vs. the Blazers, Thomas is averaging 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and shooting 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the floor.

Florida State’s trip to Birmingham is its first road visit vs. UAB since defeating the Blazers 66-52 on Dec. 20, 2007. In that contest, guard Mara Freshour led FSU with a double-double, totaling 15 points and 10 rebounds.

FSU blew the game open by out-scoring the rival Gators 26-15 in the fourth period on Thursday, and were boosted by a 19-2 advantage in second-chance points. Senior point guard Leticia Romero recorded her fourth career 20-point game, totaling a game-high 21 points along with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

In two career games against UAB, senior forward Ivey Slaughter is averaging 13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the floor. The Macon, Ga., native is coming off a career-high tying six steals vs. Florida, and in each of her two games against UAB she has totaled four steals apiece (eight total).

Following Saturday’s matchup vs. UAB, the Seminoles get their longest break of the regular season between games, equaling nine days. On the University calendar beginning the week of Dec. 12 is final exams before playing again on Dec. 19 vs. North Florida in Tallahassee.

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