February 13, 2021 - by

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball looks to build on Thursday’s big win over Syracuse when it hosts rival Miami in its annual ‘Paint it Pink’ game on Valentine’s Day on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

FSU is coming off an impressive 67-52 home win over Syracuse on Thursday, using its strong defensive play to force a potent offense like the Orange into shooting just 30.4 percent (17-of-56) from the floor. In that matchup, a full-court attack by Syracuse that typically wears down its opponents did not execute against FSU, which shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) in the fourth quarter to close out the win.

The Seminoles (7-5, 6-5) will try to use every game down the stretch of the regular season to boost its NCAA Tournament resume. Through games played on Feb. 12, FSU has a NET ranking of 47th and owns three wins over Top 41 opponents. This includes two road wins over Virginia Tech (28) and North Carolina (39) as well as its home win over Syracuse (41).

With close games against ACC opponents always a strong possibility, hitting from the free throw line can help decide many games. FSU ranks 27th nationally and third in the conference with a 76.7 percentage from the line. In eight of FSU’s 12 games played, it has shot 70 percent or better from the line.

FSU has stepped up dramatically over its last three games defending the 3-point line. In its last three games played vs. UNC (6-of-31), Miami (1-of-13) and Syracuse (4-of-23), FSU has held its opponents to a combined 11-of-67 (16.4 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Seminoles continue to step their game up at home, entering Sunday’s ‘Pink Game’ vs. Miami with a 5-0 record this season at the Tucker Center. FSU is out-scoring the opposition on average, 75.8-63.8, at home this season (+12.0 scoring margin).

FSU carries a home win streak of six straight games against the rival Hurricanes entering Sunday’s game. The Seminoles last lost to Miami in the Tucker Center on Feb. 16, 2014 (L, 76-73).

Over FSU’s last five games played, its scoring has become a bit more balanced. In that span, Bianca Jackson leads FSU in scoring with 13.0 points per game, followed by Morgan Jones (12.2) and Kourtney Weber (12.0).

In graduate transfer point guard Tiana England’s first two games, her minutes increased slightly from 12:39 at Miami to 14:48 vs. Syracuse. England’s early FSU experience has come against two teams that enjoy pressing and play at a faster pace.

FSU’s home game vs. Miami is the second of a four-game homestand for the Seminoles. FSU ends the regular season with five of its last six games at home.

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