March 1, 2018 - by
Third-Seeded Women’s Hoops Ready for ACC Tournament


GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – For just the second time in program history, the Florida State Women’s Basketball team enters the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Seminoles (24-5, 12-4) will face either sixth-seeded Miami (2-0 in regular season) or 11 seed Wake Forest (1-0) on Friday night at 8 p.m. on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks, which included FOX Sports Sun.

The Seminoles have earned a double bye in the ACC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year, joining only Notre Dame and Louisville as the three ACC programs that have garnered Top-4 seeds in each of the last four seasons. Since the 2014-15 season, FSU has won 75 percent or more of its conference games in each season (14-2 in 2015; 13-3 in 2016; 13-3 in 2017; 12-4 in 2018).

Florida State is going for its fifth ACC Tournament semifinal appearance if it can get a win in Friday night’s quarterfinal matchup. A win in the tournament has eluded the Seminoles in recent years, getting knocked out in the quarterfinals by rival Miami in 2016 and 2017.

Senior forward Shakayla Thomas and redshirt senior guard Imani Wright were each named to both the Coaches’ and the Blue Ribbon Panel’s All-ACC First Teams. For Thomas, she becomes the first Seminole to earn three All-ACC First Team selections, while Wright receives her first-ever All-ACC honor. Thomas and Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner are the only active three-time All-ACC First Team performers selected by the head coaches.

Florida State’s typical starting five includes all seniors in Thomas (four years), forward/center Ama Degbeon (four years), shooting guard Wright (two years), center Chatrice White (two years) and point guard AJ Alix (one year). Led by Thomas and Degbeon, they are the winningest senior class in FSU history with 109 wins, surpassing last year’s class of Leticia Romero, Brittany Brown, Ivey Slaughter, Kai James and Gabby Bevillard (106 wins).

Florida State is in prime hosting position once again for the NCAA Tournament. FSU enters the ACC Tournament with the seventh-best RPI, 13th-best strength of schedule and six RPI Top 50 victories. The last NCAA Tournament Committee projection had FSU as the No. 9 overall seed on Feb. 19.

The winner of Friday night’s game will play either second-seeded Notre Dame, seventh seed Virginia or 10th-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the semifinals on ESPNU. The ACC Championship Game, which FSU last made in 2015, will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

• Over the last four seasons, Florida State is 54-15 (includes ACC Tournament games) vs. ACC opponents.
• Over the last four seasons, Florida State has averaged nearly 25 wins in just the regular season (24.8). It went 24-5 this past regular season.
• Over its last two wins over Boston College and Georgia Tech, FSU has combined to shoot 61.9 percent (13-of-21) in the fourth quarter.
• Last game vs. Georgia Tech, Chatrice White became the first Seminole to shoot 100 percent from the line on a minimum of 10 attempts in two different games. She went 10-of-10 vs. Georgia Tech, and also went 10-of-10 vs. Miami on Feb. 6, 2017.
• Shakayla Thomas was named a Final 5 finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award given to the nation’s best small forward. The announcement came on Wednesday afternoon.
• Sophomore Nicki Ekhomu’s last three games: Team-leading 14.0 points per game, 5.7 boards, 70.6 percent shooting (12-of-17), 16-of-22 from free throw line (72.7 percent), 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals.
• AJ Alix has 25 games this season with a positive assist/turnover ratio. She has only had one game at FSU with a negative A/T.

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