Nov. 27, 2012
TALLAHASSE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s basketball team will look to remain undefeated in the 2012-13 season on Wednesday night when Iowa visits the Donald L. Tucker Center for an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com.
Led by reigning ACC Player of the Week Leonor Rodriguez (16.0 ppg), the Seminoles have five players scoring in double figures and a pair of point guards (Morgan Toles and Yashira “Cheetah” Delgado) averaging over six assists per game.
“Our start is indicative of putting the team over ourselves,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “We couldn’t play the way we are without two point guards who are completely selfless. They’re happy sharing that responsibility as we continue to grow as a team.”
The Seminoles routed Eastern Kentucky (90-51) last Friday and cruised past No. 17/19 Vanderbilt (73-59) last Saturday at the San Juan Shootout at the Mario Morales Coliseum in Puerto Rico.
This is the third time in four years FSU has started 5-0, but this year’s Noles are crushing the competition at a rate unseen. FSU won its first four games by over 30 points and holds a 26.7 scoring margin average. Florida State had never before won four straight games by at least 30 points.
Rodriguez is having a spectacular season. Her shooting percentage of .652 is the best of any guard in the country and she leads the ACC in three-point shooting (.611).
The Seminoles are 3-2 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, falling the last two years. FSU lost to Ohio State last season, 78-75 in overtime in Columbus. Two years ago in Tallahassee, Michigan State took down the Garnet & Gold, 72-64, despite a double-double by Natasha Howard.
This is the first meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Seminoles. Iowa is led by senior center Morgan Johnson (18.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg).
“They have great shot blockers and great shooters,” Semrau said. “Their leading scorer is their 6-5 post player. We don’t have that kind of size so we will have to be creative with our defense. This will be a great test for us.”
White Out Promotion
Wednesday’s game is a “White Out.” The first 500 fans that enter the game will receive a shirt and all fans are encourage to wear white. Fans who bring their ticket stub from Tuesday night’s men’s game will get into the women’s game for just $3.
Chasity Clayton Grabs Conference Honor from CollegeSportsMadness.com
Senior forward Chasity Clayton became the third Seminole to capture a Player of the Week honor when CollegeSportsMadness.com named her the conference’s top performer following her San Juan Shootout weekend in which she averaged 17.0 ppg over two games. Against Eastern Kentucky, Clayton matched her career-high with 21 points and grabbed seven boards.
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