January 29, 2020 - by

14TH-RANKED NOLES FACE BOSTON COLLEGE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 14th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team hosts Boston College on Military Appreciation Night on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Seminoles (17-3, 6-3) go for their first three-game win streak in ACC play this season. Over FSU’s two-game win streak at Wake Forest (70-65) and vs. Miami (79-61), FSU’s 3-point defense has kept its opponents in check (8-of-37 combined by Wake and Miami) and FSU has gone 33-of-42 from the charity stripe (78.6 percent) compared to 20-of-30 by the two opponents.

After shooting 53.3 percent (24-of-45) last game vs. Miami, FSU’s quality offense has returned. The Seminoles are first in the ACC in overall scoring with 75.65 points per game, and rank 16th nationally shooting 46.2 percent from the floor. FSU is making more than half its shots from inside the arc, with its 51.3 2-point percentage ranking 14th nationally.

FSU is 7-0 against Boston College at the Tucker Center, and leads the overall series 16-1. Head Coach Sue Semrau’s 16-1 career record (.941) against the Eagles is her highest winning percentage against any ACC opponent based on a minimum of ten games.

A win over the Eagles (10-9, 3-5) on Thursday would give FSU a 7-3 record in the ACC. Based on the program’s history of 10-game starts in the league, it would mark the sixth consecutive year FSU has won at least seven of its first 10 ACC games.

In two career games played against Boston College, senior point guard Nicki Ekhomu is averaging 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and has shot 9-of-12 from the field and 15-of-17 from the foul line vs. the Eagles. Ekhomu (17.8) and Nausia Woolfolk (17.5) lead the Seminoles in scoring in ACC home games this season.

FSU boasts the nation’s 16th-best RPI this season, owning a 5-1 record vs. the Top 50 RPI and a 2-1 record vs. the Top 25 RPI.

FSU redshirt sophomore guard Sayawni Lassiter is a Dorchester, Mass., native who is very familiar with Boston College. Lassiter is currently rehabbing a season-ending knee injury sustained this past off-season.

FSU has three games in ACC play where it has shot 50+ percent, including last game vs. Miami (53.3 percent). Last year in ACC play, FSU had a total of two games shooting 50+ percent vs. conference opponents. One of those games was at Boston College on Jan. 17, 2019, when it shot 54.5 percent.

Following Thursday’s game, FSU has a quick turn-around as it faces Pittsburgh on the road on Saturday at 5 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

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