TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Sunday’s Noon matchup between Florida State Women’s Basketball (9-7, 8-7) and Wake Forest (11-10, 8-9) is one of immense magnitude as the Seminoles try to earn their sixth Top-4 seed in the ACC Tournament in the last seven years.
A win by Florida State over a tough Demon Deacons squad would mean they finish no worse than sixth in the ACC regular season. A victory coupled with losses by Notre Dame (hosts Louisville) and Syracuse (hosts NC State) would mean the No. 4 seed for FSU.
Florida State was projected eighth in the ACC preseason coaches’ poll but is currently sixth in the conference standings. Wake Forest was picked 12th and is currently eighth in the league. A win by FSU on Sunday that could vault them up to the No. 4 seed would likely mean that the Seminoles moved up the highest based on preseason expectations of any team in the league.
Florida State hopes to end its regular season with a big performance by junior guard Morgan Jones. Her versatility is nearly unmatched by any other ACC player, ranking in the Top 15 in the league in scoring (15th), rebounding (14th), field goal percentage (ninth), steals (15th) and defensive rebounds (11th).
In her last game at home vs. No. 3 Louisville, Jones drew 11 fouls and went 12-of-15 from the line in a 26-point, 10-rebound effort vs. the Cardinals.
Sunday’s game between FSU and Wake Forest also marks the final day of Black History Month. During a break in the game, fans will be treated to a one-minute preview of a fulfilling conversation between Morgan Jones and the first-ever African-American women’s basketball player at FSU, Emma Colquitt (now Emma Colquitt-Sayers). Colquitt played at FSU from 1971-75. The full video feature will air next week on FSU Women’s Basketball’s social media channels and on Seminoles.com.
Florida State enters Sunday’s game 50th in the NET rankings while Wake Forest is ranked 49th. FSU’s average opponent net rank is seventh nationally, indicating its hard schedule played. The Seminoles own Top-60 NET wins over Louisville (sixth), Virginia Tech (25th), North Carolina (34th), Syracuse (42nd) and Florida (60th).
Florida State averages nearly three more makes at the free throw line at home compared to overall. The Seminoles are shooting 72.4 percent at home from the line and are making 15.4 free throws per game at the Tucker Center compared to 12.8 overall.
Over the last five games, redshirt junior point guard Bianca Jackson has led the Seminoles with 13.8 points per game and has shot 40.7 percent from the floor (24-of-59) and 50 percent (7-of-14) from deep. She has also elevated her point guard play in that span despite being a natural ‘2’ guard, totaling 21 assists to 16 turnovers.
FSU is seeking its fifth consecutive home win over Wake Forest on Sunday, having defeated the Demons Deacons at the Tucker Center in 2020, 2019, 2017 and 2015.
The Seminoles will await their seeding for next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., that runs from March 3-7.