Feb. 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team prepares for two important games at home this week as it opens up with league opponent Georgia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Thursday night’s game is Military Appreciation Night, with just $3 admission for all current and veteran personnel with a valid ID or if they wear a uniform. The promotion also includes our hard-working public service men and women.
The Seminoles (18-9, 6-8) are in a three-way tie for eighth place in the ACC standings alongside Miami and Virginia. Sitting one game ahead of them are the Yellow Jackets (17-10, 7-7), making Thursday’s game an important matter with plenty on the line.
The contest will be streamed once again on ESPN3.com, with Tom Block (play-by-play) and Melissa Bruner (color analysis) on the call. Fans can also tune into 1270-AM or Seminoles.com for the radio broadcast as Jonathan Schillace calls the action alongside Zach Stipe.
“Georgia Tech is an up-tempo, athletic team that likes to throw a lot of pressure at you,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “They’ve got two great scorers in Kaela David and Ty Marshall, and they don’t just end there. Our team understands the importance of these last two games and we’ll go out and fight with everything we’ve got.”
Florida State and Georgia Tech play for the 42nd time in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season. The Seminoles lead the series over the Yellow Jackets, 22-19, and have won eight of the last 10. The ‘Noles are 10-10 against Georgia Tech all-time at home, winning seven of the last 11 home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center since the 1999-2000 season.
Both Florida State and Georgia Tech are effective on the offensive glass. Georgia Tech leads the ACC in offensive rebounds overall with 18.4 per game, but the ‘Noles lead the league in offensive rebounds in conference play with 17.6 per game.
Florida State has three student-athletes who call the Peach State their home. Freshman Ivey Slaughter is from Macon, Ga., redshirt junior Lauren Coleman’s hometown is Lawrenceville, Ga., and freshman Gabby Bevillard hails from Bishop, Ga.
The ‘Noles are coming off a grind-it-out 59-43 win over Clemson this past Sunday. Florida State was as active as it had been all season, generating 25 second-chance points to mark a season high.
If Florida State can get a couple wins this week against Georgia Tech and Virginia, it can get as high as a No. 7 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament depending on how other games pan out.
Freshman Ivey Slaughter is currently shooting 74 percent from the free-throw line (91-of-123). Based on players with 100 attempts or more, Slaughter is trying to be just the 12th Seminole to shoot 75 percent or better in a single season.
Natasha Howard is just 14 rebounds away from 1,000 in her career, which would make her the third Seminole to reach the quadruple-digit mark in boards.
As a team, one of Florida State’s greatest strengths this season has been generating steals. The ‘Noles total 282 steals in 27 games, an average of 10.4 that is 17th in the country. Based on its averages, FSU is expected to finish the season with 300 or more steals, which would mark its second straight season of doing so. The last time FSU had back-to-back seasons with 300+ steals was in the 1989-90 (336) and 1990-91 (364) years.
Georgia Tech looks to keep hold on the seventh spot in the 15-team ACC standings. The Yellow Jackets are led by freshman Kaela Davis, who averages 18.3 points and six rebounds per game. Georgia Tech is an offensive-minded team, coming in as the 18th-rated scoring offense in the country at 80.4 ppg.
Following Thursday’s game, FSU will host Virginia on Senior Day this Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The first 100 fans at the marketing table located on the Tucker Center concourse will get a coupon good for a free large one-topping pizza.
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