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Women’s Hoops Opens with Troy

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – The 47th season of Florida State Women’s Basketball tips off on Tuesday morning when the Seminoles host the Troy Trojans at 11 a.m. on ‘Field Trip Day’ at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Around 1,500 area-school kids are expected for the season opener on Tuesday. Pre-game entertainment includes face painting, balloon artists, poster-making stations as well as photo opportunities with the popular NOLES letters.

“You always get excited for the first game,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said as she begins her 22nd season. “With every game there’s a new challenge and every year there’s a new challenge. It’s a lot of excitement that just comes naturally.”

Tuesday’s matchup will be live streamed on the ACC Network Extra and can be heard locally on WQTL 106.1 FM or nationally via Seminoles.com.

The Seminoles carry a 19-game win streak in home openers (not season openers), which began in the 1999-2000 season with a 77-70 victory over Tulsa. In their last 50 non-conference home games played at the Donald L. Tucker, Florida State is
47-3.

Florida State’s ACC preseason predicted order of finish is seventh by the Blue Ribbon Panel and eighth by the league’s coaches. Redshirt junior Kiah Gillespie was selected to the Blue Ribbon Panel Newcomer Watch List.

With an average age of 19.4 years old, Florida State is currently the ninth-youngest team in the country and the second-youngest in the ACC (Georgia Tech’s average age is 19.1).

The Seminoles and Trojans have met three times, with Florida State owning a 2-1 overall edge. The last meeting came on Dec. 29, 2003, when FSU won 80-42 in Tallahassee behind 18 points from forward Genesis Choice.

After losing just three seniors, Troy returns 83 percent of its offensive output from 2017-18. Leading the way are All-Sun Belt selections Amber Rivers (13.9 ppg) and Kayla Robinson (13.1). The Trojans led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring for the sixth consecutive season averaging 81.9 points per game last season.

Following Tuesday’s season opener, Florida State continues its five-game homestand with a home game against UNF on Friday at 7 p.m.

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