Nov. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team hosts in-state foe Stetson in a post-Thanksgiving matchup on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
With the holiday season in full swing, the FSU women’s hoops team encourages fans to bring their canned goods to this Friday’s game as there will be a canned food drive located at the arena. Every fan’s donation is redeemable for free tickets to an upcoming home women’s basketball game.
Prior to Friday’s game and the Thanksgiving holiday, the Florida State women’s basketball team will visit the Ronald McDonald House in Tallahassee to do some charitable work.
“It’s always great to get out in the community,” freshman center Kai James said. “Coach Sue always tells us to get outside of yourself and the people you are normally with, and this is a great opportunity to do that. I’m a real people-person and love to get interactive with people and children and adults. It’s great to meet people and learn different personalities.”
Friday’s contest will once again be live streamed on ESPN3.com as well as through the WatchESPN app, with Tom Block and Melissa Bruner on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on WNLS 1270 AM and Seminoles.com, as Jonathan Schillace and Bob Thomas will also be on the air waves.
“One of the things we need to do is take care of the basketball,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “That’s to be expected when you look at the fact that we’re a young team and the offense comes along a little slower than the defense. We need to be conscious of the little things on Friday in order to beat Stetson.”
Florida State is 16-3 all-time against Stetson, which includes a current eight-game win streak vs. the Hatters (3-2). The ‘Noles have put the defensive clamps down against Stetson in their last three meetings since the 2009-10 season. In that time, FSU has held the Hatters to 35 points (2009), 44 points (2010) and 44 points again (2012).
FSU is currently riding a six-game win streak against teams from the state of Florida. In that span, the ‘Noles have defeated Miami three times (all last season), Florida twice and Stetson once. The ‘Noles own an 11-game win streak against non-conference competition at home, which dates back to the 2011-12 season. FSU has not lost to a non-ACC foe at home since losing to Nebraska, 66-63, on Nov. 27, 2011.
Since the 2012-13 season, Florida State has averaged 88.1 points when playing non-conference competition at home. This season, FSU has defeated UNCG (93-59) and Prairie View A&M in Tallahassee (88-37).
Senior forward Natasha Howard is expected to make her 100th career start as a Seminole on Friday against Stetson. The Toledo, Ohio, native played in her 100th career game in last week’s 76-68 win at Florida on Nov. 21. The versatile performer has started every game in her career except two in her junior season.
Howard has led the Florida State block party this season, as the ‘Noles average 5.4 blocks per game. Howard has 13 swats, followed by 10 from freshman Kai James.
Senior point guard Cheetah Delgado has shot 50 percent or better in each of her five games this season. Overall, Delgado is shooting 60.5 percent (26-43) from the floor and is the only Seminole to reach double figures in the scoring column in all five games this season.
Stetson returns three of its starters from last year’s Atlantic Sun Tournament championship team. Those three include Cherisse Burris, Jama Sharp and Sasha Sims, who all average double figures this season. The Hatters have five players averaging double figures overall.
The Hatters are on a two-game winning streak, with a win at home against Indiana State on Nov. 18 (90-74) and having success on the road with a victory over Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 20 (77-63). Sims led the team in scoring against Bethune-Cookman with 28 points.
Stetson is averaging 75.8 points per game, the same exact number as Florida State. The Hatters have also shared the ball well, dishing out 15 assists per game.
Following Friday’s game, Florida State heads on the road to take on Miami (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Following the one-game road trip, FSU has three consecutive games at home starting with No. 21/18 Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.
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