November 19, 2016 - by

Women’s Hoops Hosts James Madison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 12 Florida State Women’s Basketball team plays host to another reigning NCAA Tournament opponent, this time facing James Madison on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Sunday’s 1 p.m. matchup with James Madison is part of a doubleheader that also includes the men’s basketball team hosting Detroit at 5 p.m. Sunday’s promotion vs. JMU is $3 general admission tickets if you show a ticket to the men’s game.

The game will be live streamed on the ACC Network Extra, with Tom Block and Melissa Bruner calling the action. WQTL 106.1 FM will provide the gameday audio with Bob Thomas and Jonathan Schillace on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the free Seminole Gameday App.

The Seminoles (2-1) face their third reigning NCAA Tournament opponent in their first four games, taking on Colonial Athletic Association champion James Madison. FSU is coming off a convincing 90-47 win over a Jacksonville squad that returned four starters from its Atlantic Sun title team.

James Madison’s prime-time scorer is redshirt senior guard and Tallahassee native Precious Hall. The Maclay School graduate is averaging 26.7 points per game this season, the third-highest average nationally. She dropped 39 points which included 15 field goals made in a season-opening loss to Tennessee, falling 81-69 at home.

FSU junior forward Shakayla Thomas helped the Seminoles breeze past Jacksonville in their last game. Thomas totaled 20 points (8-of-10) in 20 minutes of action, her ninth career game with 20 or more points scored.

Women’s Hoops Hosts James Madison

FSU’s meeting with James Madison is the first in series history. The Seminoles will play two opponents for the first time this season, including James Madison and Gonzaga.

The Seminoles are pretty unfamiliar with Colonial Athletic Association opponents. Of the 1,290 games played in program history, just two have come against CAA teams. The first was a 67-56 win over Towson on Dec. 21, 2004, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second was a 72-54 win over Hofstra on Dec. 12, 2007, at the FIU Fun & Sun Classic in Miami, Fla.

Historically, James Madison has been one of women’s college basketball’s better programs. The Dukes are the fourth winningest program in NCAA history with 1,047 victories.

One of the specialty categories FSU has been able to take advantage of is fast-break points. The Seminoles are averaging 12 fast-break points, outscoring each of their three opponents in transition (12.0-3.7 on average).

Senior guard Brittany Brown has logged a lot of minutes in her career. She currently has 2,999 career minutes, with the first minute vs. JMU becoming her 3,000th. She averages 28.3 minutes for her career.

Brown also has 297 career assists. She is three assists away from being the only Seminole ever to amass 500+ rebounds (500), 200+ steals (235) and 300 assists.

Following Sunday’s game, FSU heads to the U.S. Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam from Thursday-Saturday. The Seminoles face Winthrop on Thanksgiving Night at 6:45 p.m. ET, followed by Gonzaga on Friday at 6:45 p.m. and Michigan on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

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