February 3, 2021 - by
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES ROAD SWING AT NORTH CAROLINA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball continues its four-game road swing on Thursday as it battles North Carolina at 6 p.m. on ACC Network Extra at Carmichael Arena.

The Seminoles (5-4, 4-4) are in the middle of their first four-game road trip since the 2007-08 season, and just their second vs. all ACC teams (FSU played four consecutive road games at ACC opponents in 1991-92). FSU goes for its sixth consecutive victory in the series vs. the Tar Heels (8-7, 3-7), a streak which began with a 94-63 home win for the Seminoles on Feb. 14, 2016.

The Seminoles are one of six ACC teams with a .500 conference record or better entering Thursday night’s slate of games. FSU is currently sixth in the conference with a 4-4 ACC record.

This season, FSU has been forced to alter its schedule 15 different times. Its nine games played overall is tied with Pitt for the fewest among active ACC teams, and its matchup vs. UNC will be just its third game played this season as originally scheduled (Dec. 13 vs. UVA; Dec. 20 vs. Pitt).

“We’re excited to take on this challenge in Chapel Hill,” FSU Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. We’ve had a lot to learn from over the past two games. We’ve been getting back to working at defense and rebounding, and understanding what it takes to win in this league.”

North Carolina is led by senior center Janelle Bailey, who is averaging a team-best 14.4 points along with 8.2 rebounds. In ACC play she is averaging 15.7 points. Illinois transfer Petra Holešínská is adding 14.1 points and shooting 40.2 percent (41-of-102) from downtown.

Junior guard Kourtney Weber is coming off a career-high 22-point performance in FSU’s last game at Wake Forest. The New Orleans, La., native has been stellar in FSU’s five road games this season, averaging a team-best 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, shooting 51.9 percent overall (27-of-52) and 50 percent (9-of-18) from downtown.

In Florida State’s last two games played, junior forward Valencia Myers has raised her productivity by averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, shooting 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) from the floor and averaging 2.5 blocks. Myers had four blocked shots last game at Wake Forest, and is one block shy (99 in her career) of becoming the ninth Seminole with 100 career blocked shots.

In the month of January, junior guard Morgan Jones tied for fourth among all ACC players averaging 18.0 points for the month and was one of four ACC players to shoot 50 percent or better (50.9%) for the month.

FSU ends its four-game road trip on Sunday with a matchup at Miami at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

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