TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – For the third time over its last 80 games, No. 13/10 Florida State Women’s Basketball will face a familiar Pac-12 opponent in Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
In that span of time, both teams met in the 2015 NCAA Sweet 16 on March 27, 2015, which was won by the Seminoles 66-65. On Dec. 21, 2015, FSU and ASU faced off in Tempe as the Sun Devils exacted revenge with a 68-56 win.
With Florida’s version of the arctic blast hitting the Big Bend area, the first 1,000 fans will be treated to Florida State Women’s Basketball fleece blankets at Sunday’s game. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance prior to the game and will be located at the Kids Zone adjacent to the Florida State bench.
The matchup will air on the ACC Network Extra, and gameday audio can be heard locally on WQTL 106.1 FM and via Seminoles.com.
• Florida State senior forward Shakayla Thomas is the only member of Florida State’s team who has played in both games against Arizona State in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Senior center Ama Degbeon was also on both teams, but only played in FSU’s most recent game at Arizona State in 2015.
• For the Sun Devils, there is not a member on this year’s team that was part of their classic Sweet 16 game against the Seminoles. Only current players Sabrina Haines (six points in 12 minutes) and Charnea Johnson-Chapman (one minute played) earned time against FSU in the most recent meeting in Tempe, Ariz.
• Both the Seminoles and Sun Devils continue to excel defensively. Arizona State allows just 53.6 points per game while FSU’s scoring defense is allowing just 57.6 points per game. The Sun Devils have not allowed an opponent to reach 70 points this season. Over the last four games played in this non-conference battle, neither team has crossed the 70-point mark.
• Florida State is looking to begin the season at 10-0 for the third time in program history. The last time FSU won its first 10 games was in the 2009-10 season. The longest undefeated streak to begin a season belongs to the 2004-05 team that began the year 12-0.
• Redshirt senior point guard AJ Alix led the Seminoles in their last game to an 84-39 win over Stetson on Thursday. The Houston, Texas, native delivered 19 points along with six assists to just two turnovers. Alix drilled five 3-point field goals against the Hatters, the third time she has recorded five or more 3s this season.