TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 7/7 Florida State Seminoles (11-1) prepare for their third true road game of the season as they face the Mercer Bears (9-2) in Macon, Ga.
Wednesday’s game at 7 p.m. on ESPN3 marks a homecoming trip for Macon native and senior forward Ivey Slaughter. Freshman guard Nausia Woolfolk is also from nearby Fort Valley, Ga., only about 35 minutes Southwest of Macon. Fellow freshman point guard A’Tyanna Gaulden (Ocilla, Ga.) is about 1 hour 40 minutes Southeast of Macon.
The non-conference matchup will once again be broadcast live on WQTL 106.1 FM with Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner on the call. Fans can also listen via the free Seminole Gameday App.
Slaughter’s visit to her hometown of Macon is FSU’s second “homecoming” game so far this season. Junior forward Shakayla Thomas (Sylacauga, Ala.) visited nearby her hometown when FSU played at UAB on Dec. 10.
Over the last seven seasons, 12 FSU student-athletes have been able to experience homecoming games in non-conference play, which are the games that the coaching staff is responsible for scheduling.
Florida State has been on a tear as of late, winning 10 straight games by an average of +34.8 points per game. FSU’s 10-game win streak is tied for the third-longest in program history and is only surpassed by last year’s 11-game win streak and the school-record 12-game win streak in the 2004-05 season.
Last year’s 11 straight games won all came in ACC play from Jan. 7-Feb. 14, 2016.
FSU is 6-8 all-time against Mercer, but has won the last six games played and has not lost to the Bears since Jan. 26, 1981. Over FSU’s six-game win streak vs. Mercer, it is outscoring the Bears by 27 points per game, including last year’s 79-36 win in Tallahassee. In that contest, Thomas led the way with 18 points (9-of-18) while the Seminoles edged Mercer 24-2 in the fourth period.
Wednesday’s game at Hawkins Arena will be a battle of two teams who take good care of the ball while also forcing several turnovers. FSU is 12th nationally in turnover margin (+7.6) while Mercer is third in the country at +9.9.
FSU is coming off a 95-39 win over North Florida on Monday, with the 56-point victory being the eighth-largest in program history. Senior point guard Leticia Romero registered a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while her four 3-point field goals made tied a career high. It was Romero’s third 20-point game of the season and the fifth of her career.
FSU’s matchup at Mercer nearly wraps up the team’s regular-season non-conference slate, with only a Feb. 13 showdown with Texas looming. A win would mark the fifth time FSU enters ACC play with just one non-conference loss.
Following the game at Mercer, FSU will take a short break for the holidays before returning for their ACC opener at No. 11/12 rival Miami on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m.