November 17, 2014 - by

Women’s Hoops Ready for Morning Matchup

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team prepares for a rare morning matchup on Tuesday as it hosts Bethune-Cookman at 11 a.m. on “Field Trip Day” at the renovated Donald L. Tucker Center.

Tuesday’s game is an opportunity for schools all across the Big Bend area to take a break and enjoy some matinee basketball. Ten different elementary and middle schools are expected for the contest, which features the Seminoles (1-0) and Wildcats (0-2) facing each other for the first time in series history.

Calling the action on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app is play-by-play man Tom Block and color analyst Melissa Bruner. Fans can also listen to the contest on WQTL-106.1 FM or listen to the audio for free via the Seminole Gameday app. Jonathan Schillace will handle the play-by-play duties while Bob Thomas provides color analysis.

Tuesday’s game is FSU’s first contest in the morning since facing Miami at 11 a.m. in the ACC Tournament on March 8, 2013. The Noles won that matchup 70-58 in Greensboro, N.C.

The Seminoles are looking to start 2-0 for the ninth consecutive year. Since the 2006-07 season, FSU has won its first two games. Under head coach Sue Semrau, FSU has started 2-0 in 11 of her first 17 seasons.

Florida State is 11-1 against opponents from the state of Florida since the 2012-13 season. In that span, FSU has defeated Miami (5-1), Florida (2-0), Stetson (2-0), Jacksonville (1-0) and North Florida (1-0). Its 11-1 mark against Sunshine State foes includes a scoring average of 84 points per game.

FSU redshirt senior guard Maegan Conwright led the Noles with a career-high 19 points in a season-opening 92-62 win over UAB on Friday night. Conwright’s 19 points were the most scored by an FSU guard in a season opener since former player Shinikki Whiting posted 27 points on Nov. 18, 2001, in a 78-57 win over Saint Mary’s College in the Virgin Islands.

On opening weekend, Florida State was one of four ACC teams to average 90+ points. They join Notre Dame (105.0), Georgia Tech (98.5) and Duke (90.0). FSU’s proficiency against non-conference foes extended its win streak to 17 games against out-of-conference opponents in Tallahassee.

The Noles shot 54.9 percent in their season opener against UAB, led by seven field goals apiece from Conwright, sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter and junior center Adut Bulgak. Slaughter and Bulgak each had 16 points and nine rebounds to highlight FSU’s dominance in the post.

Florida State’s record against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is 28-9. FSU will be facing Bethune-Cookman for the first time ever, and 24 of its wins against the conference are versus Florida A&M (24-8). In order to improve on that win total, the Noles will look for another solid night from their bench, which scored 31 points on opening night. Semrau was able to use 32 different player combinations and mix and match lineups to see who could play the best together.

It was FSU’s first time posting 30 or more points off the bench since having 35 at Virginia on Jan. 19, 2014. Current junior guard Emiah Bingley had 21 of those points off the bench.

The Wildcats have already played two games, ending with losses at Stetson (91-61) and at home to Florida Atlantic (88-68). Sophomore guard Kendra Cooper has been a big scorer so far, averaging 20 points on 14-of-26 field goals, including 8-of-17 from long range. Cooper came off the bench in BCU’s opening game and scored 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting with five 3-pointers.

Following Tuesday’s game, the Seminoles head to the Lonestar State to take part in the Hospitality Hill Challenge hosted by North Texas in Denton. FSU plays Eastern Illinois on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. ET, and finishes the tournament facing Massachusetts on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. ET.

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