Jan. 6, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State women’s basketball team will wrap up its two-game homestand on Thursday when the No. 11/13 Seminoles open the ACC season against No. 19/21 Virginia.
The Seminoles have won two straight after their second loss of the season at the hands of top-ranked UConn on Dec. 28. The Cavaliers enter on a four-game winning streak and are led by preseason ACC Player of the Year Monica Wright and her 21.1 ppg average.
A win would extend FSU’s winning streak in January to 9 straight after the Seminoles went a perfect 7-0 to open 2009 and took down Temple on Sunday. The Seminoles last loss in January came at the hands of the Cavaliers on January 26, 2008 when Virginia claimed a 69-66 overtime win.
The Seminoles have won three straight ACC openers.
Virginia leads 30-9
Virginia 68, at FSU 63 – February 24, 2009
Florida State – Sue Semrau, 13th year
Career Record – 218-162
At Florida State – Same
Virginia – Debbie Ryan, 33rd year
Career Record 710-301
At Virginia Same
In the Rankings
Florida State Coaches – 11, AP – 13
Virginia Coaches – 19, AP – 21
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Virginia enters Thursday’s ACC opener with an 11-3 record thanks in large part to the preseason ACC Player of the Year Monica Wright.
Wright is averaging 21.1 ppp to rank 10th in the country and is also pulling down 7.4 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers.
A big part of Virginia’s success this season has been its ability to convert turnovers into points. The Wahoos rank seventh in the nation in steals per game at 13.2 and are also in the top 10 at number nine in turnover margin (7.62). Wright (4.2) and fellow guard Ariana Moorer (2.0) both are averaging more than 2 steals per game this season.
The three losses the Cavaliers have suffered this season have come to Tennessee, Georgia and James Madison – teams with a combined 36-3 overall record entering the week.
Last Time Out
Alysha Harvin scored 17 points to lead No. 12 Florida State to a 77-64 win over Temple on Sunday.
Courtney Ward moved into 7th place on the FSU career assists chart with five dimes in the win.
The Seminoles were outrebounded for just the third time all season but captured their first win of the season while doing so.
FSU shot better from behind the arc than it did from the charity stripe for the second time this season. The Seminoles connected on 8-of-13 from three-point range in the win but just 19-of-33 from the free throw line.
Up Next For The Seminoles
The Seminoles will open a two-game roadswing on Sunday when they take on in-state rival Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday before facing Clemson on Thursday. The FSU senior class is 20-1 against in-state opponents in their career.
Semrau And Ryan Team Up
For the second consecutive year Seminole head coach Sue Semrau will coach bare foot on Thursday in support of Samaritan’s Feet.
Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization who works to provide shoes for over 300 million children currently without shoes. The organization reaches far beyond the borders of the United States and touches thousands of children throughout the World.
The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to equip 10 million impoverished children with 10 million shoes in 10 years.
Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan and members of her staff will also be coaching bare foot on Thursday in support of the cause.