November 29, 2018 - by
Women’s Hoops Look to Keep ACC-Big Ten Challenge Streak Alive

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team plays its sixth and final home game in the month of November on Thursday night as it hosts Penn State in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge held at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 7 p.m.

The battle for conference bragging rights is Florida State’s Military Appreciation Game. The game will be live streamed on the ACC Network Extra and can also be heard locally on WQTL 106.1 FM and the Seminoles.com Leanplayer.

The Seminoles (6-1) own a 9-2 record in the annual conference challenge, matching Duke (9-2) for the best record among all the current teams from the ACC and Big Ten participating in the challenge.

The Seminoles have won six ACC-Big Ten Challenges in a row, which is the longest active win streak of any current ACC or Big Ten school. Those wins include defeating Iowa at home in 2012 (83-69), then-No. 25 Michigan State at home in 2013 (60-58), Purdue on the road in 2014 (67-64 OT), Rutgers at home in 2015 (65-43), Minnesota on the road (75-61) in 2016 and Iowa last season on the road in a thriller (94-93).

The ACC owns an 8-0-3 record against the Big Ten in the annual conference challenge, including a 10-4 win in last year’s challenge. Overall, the ACC has an 81-55 edge heading into this year’s challenge.

FSU plays its second consecutive Big Ten opponent after knocking off No. 12/14 Iowa, 71-67, in its last game in the Junkanoo Jam championship. Junior guard Nausia Woolfolk was crowned tournament MVP after turning in an impressive 25-point performance vs. the Hawkeyes, including 15 in a dominant second half.

Florida State’s win over Big Ten opponent Iowa was FSU’s highest-ranked win ever in the month of November, the 17th highest-ranked Associated Press win in program history and the second-highest ranked win by an ACC school this year (Notre Dame defeated #9 Oregon State).

FSU and Penn State (4-2) meet for the second time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and the fifth time overall. FSU won the last meeting, which was part of the challenge, by a 73-60 score on Dec. 3, 2008, in Tallahassee. Alumna Jacinta Monroe led the way with 18 points, five boards and four blocks.

Florida State is 4-1 at home in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Its last home game occurred on Dec. 3, 2015, in a 65-43 win over Rutgers. None of the current 11 Seminoles were on the team back then.

Following Thursday’s game, FSU does not play at home again until Sunday, Dec. 16, against Creighton. FSU’s next game is Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Mercer at 7 p.m.

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