TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Thursday night’s matchup between No. 9/12 Florida State and Boston College is FSU’s RISE Unity Game, which takes place at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The aim of the game is to further promote RISE’s (The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) goal of bringing people together to promote understanding, respect and equality through sport.
Florida State faces a critical two-game finish to the regular season, being dead-locked with NC State (10-4) for third in the ACC with a 10-4 conference record. A win over the Eagles would not secure a double-bye in next week’s ACC Tournament, but it would put FSU one step closer to clinching its fourth consecutive double bye and ACC Tournament Top 4 seed.
The Seminoles own an 11-1 record at home this season, averaging 91.0 points per game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Redshirt senior guard Imani Wright leads Florida State with 19.3 points at home. Five student-athletes average double-figures at home, including Wright, Shakayla Thomas (18.0), Nicki Ekhomu (12.7), Chatrice White (11.3) and AJ Alix (10.9).
Florida State hopes to expand on a current eight-game win streak over Boston College. FSU has not lost to the Eagles since falling 67-60 in the 2010 ACC Tournament.
• The latest NCAA Tournament Top 16 seeds by the selection committee pegged Florida State as the No. 9 overall seed. The committee places the Seminoles as a No. 3 seed in the Albany Region, projecting to join UConn (1), South Carolina (2) and Stanford (4).
• Florida State welcomes back former Graduate Assistant Latara King, who is currently in her first season as an assistant coach at Boston College after serving as an assistant coach the previous two seasons at Monmouth. From 2013-15, King helped Florida State to two strong seasons, including a 32-5 record with an NCAA Elite Eight in the 2014-15 season.
• The Seminoles own both a Top 10 RPI (6th) and strength of schedule (8th) entering Thursday night’s contest against Boston College.
• In last season’s meeting, Shakayla Thomas shot 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the floor and finished with 20 points vs. the Eagles.