TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 5/4 Florida State Women’s Basketball team (22-2, 10-1) plays for a bigger cause on Thursday night at 7 p.m. with its seventh Samaritan’s Feet game hosted at the Donald L. Tucker Center against Wake Forest.
FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau and Wake Forest (14-9, 5-5) head coach Jen Hoover will both coach barefoot to help raise awareness for those who don’t have access to basic articles of clothing such as shoes.
Thursday’s game will be live streamed on the ACC Network Extra, and can also be heard on WQTL 106.1 FM and via the free Seminole Gameday App.
Samaritan’s Feet is a worldwide organization that “serves and inspires hope in children by providing shoes as the foundation to a spiritual and healthy life resulting in the advancement of education and economic opportunities.” Florida State plays in its second Samaritan’s Feet game this season, taking part in Georgia Tech’s worthy promotion on Jan. 26 in Atlanta.
Florida State is 5-1 when hosting a Samaritan’s Feet game, which began as an initiative for Coach Sue and the Seminoles in the 2008-09 season. Of FSU’s five wins, three have come against Top 25 opponents.
The history of Samaritan’s Feet games includes: 77-70 win vs. #8 North Carolina (Feb. 13, 2009), 68-50 win vs. #19 Virginia (Jan. 7, 2010), 66-59 win over #22 Miami (Jan. 24, 2011), 79-55 loss to Georgia Tech (Jan. 22, 2012), 83-61 win vs. Clemson (Feb. 3, 2013) and a 75-56 win vs. Clemson (Feb. 7, 2016).
Florida State has shown its dedication for the Samaritan’s Feet organization in many ways. Most recently this season, the team visited Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School (BCB) in St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands and held a shoe drive during the Thanksgiving holiday. The event included playing several games, both basketball and non-basketball related, that entertained several middle schoolers for two hours.
Junior center Chatrice White is making a strong case for the Seminoles to win their third consecutive ACC Sixth Player of the Year award. White leads FSU with four double-doubles, and has put up double-digit points and rebounds in each of her last two games.
The Shelby, Neb., native put up FSU career highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds in an 80-71 win vs. No. 16 Miami last game. Factoring in her double-double total at Illinois, she has 28 career double-doubles, which would lead the active players in the ACC.
Over her last five games, junior forward Shakayla Thomas is averaging 18.0 points and shooting 55.4 percent (41-of-74). Of those five games, she is averaging 11.2 points in the second half, and leads FSU throughout the season in second-half scoring with 8.0 points per game.
Senior point guard Leticia Romero is the only 50/50/90 player in the ACC. No other player meets the criteria in more than one category (52.7% overall; 55.6% from 3, 92.9% from the line).
Senior Brittany Brown nearly became the third FSU player to record a triple-double last year at Wake Forest, recording 22 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists in a 96-55 win on the road.
Following Thursday’s game, FSU plays host to No. 11/10 Texas for an intriguing nationally-televised non-conference matchup on Monday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 as part of ‘Big Monday.’ It will be FSU’s annual ‘Paint it Pink’ game and the game will also have a Play4Kay initiative as well, using the platform to raise breast cancer awareness.