December 15, 2021 - by

Florida State Faces Houston at the Tuck

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball (6-3) hosts Houston (5-5) on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in what is Youth Basketball Night at the Tucker Center on ACC Network Extra.

Kids wearing their youth league or school’s jersey can purchase tickets for just $3. There will also be a special visit from Santa Claus up until the start of the second half, and fans have a chance to enter to win an Amazon Echo Dot at the FSU Marketing table located on the concourse.

Former Florida State Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Ronald Hughey makes his return to Tallahassee leading the Cougars in his eighth season. Hughey was a key part of Head Coach Sue Semrau’s coaching staff from 2012-14, which included two straight seasons where the Seminoles reached the NCAA Second Round.

Coach Sue has built an impressive coaching tree during her time in Tallahassee, which began in the 1997-98 season. She has eight assistant coaches and players whom have become collegiate basketball head coaches. They include Cori Close at UCLA (2004-11 at FSU), Lance White (2003-18) at Pitt, Hughey (2012-14) at Houston, Danielle Atkinson (2014-18) at Hofstra, current Associate Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff (2011-present) who was the FSU Interim Head Coach in 2020-21, Jenny Huth (2005-07) who was at Northern Colorado, Ganiyat Adeduntan (played from 2002-06) at Colgate and Rene Haynes (2011-12) at LIU. She has only faced White at Pitt so far.

FSU looks to improve to 6-0 at home this season, where it has out-scored its opponents by an average of +32.8 (76.0 – 43.2) per game so far. It ranks third in the ACC in field goal percentage defense this year, allowing just 31.9 percent from the floor. Only one opponent has reached the 40 percent mark this season vs. FSU (Purdue at 40.3 percent on Nov. 27).

Senior guard Morgan Jones is enjoying a career-long streak of eight consecutive games scoring in double figures. It is the longest streak by a Seminole since Nicki Ekhomu went for 10 straight in her senior season in 2019-20, a stretch that lasted from Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 2020.

Jones has accounted for 21.1 percent of FSU’s scoring this season.

Over her last five games, River Baldwin has finished with consistency inside, shooting 63 percent (17-of-27) from the floor. Baldwin is coming off her second career double-double at Florida on Sunday, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Seminoles have won 15 consecutive non-conference games at home, a streak that began with an 87-58 win vs. Penn State on Nov. 29, 2018. Their last non-conference loss at home was to LSU (45-58) on Nov. 18, 2018.

In FSU’s six games won this season, freshman forward Makayla Timpson is averaging 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and shooting 60.5 percent from the floor.

The Noles sit at 13th nationally and first in the ACC averaging 6.0 blocks per game, with three Seminoles amassing double-digit blocks this season in Makayla Timpson (14), Valencia Myers (11) and Morgan Jones (10).

Following FSU’s matchup with Houston, it will prepare for its ACC opener vs. Virginia Tech on Sunday. The Seminoles are 82-32 in conference play over the last seven seasons, and join only Louisville as ACC schools clinching a Top 4 seed in the conference tournament in six of the last seven seasons.

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