NEW ORLEANS, La. (Seminoles.com) – Old Metro Conference rivals square off on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT when Florida State Women’s Basketball faces Tulane at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans.
The Seminoles (11-1) lead the Green Wave (9-1) 11-7 in the all-time series, including a 10-7 record when both teams were in the Metro Conference. FSU and Tulane have played just once as non-conference foes.
The Noles and Green Wave will meet for the first time in 14 seasons, with the last matchup being an important milestone in FSU head coach Sue Semrau’s career. Tulane and FSU last faced off on March 16, 2001, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Ames, Iowa. The Noles won a thriller, 72-70, to mark Semrau’s first-ever NCAA postseason victory as head coach at Florida State.
FSU’s last matchup with Tulane was the final win of current assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff’s playing career. Wyckoff chipped in with five points, five rebounds and two blocks in FSU’s NCAA Tournament win against Tulane, while former guard April Traylor engineered the offense with 30 points.
FSU has the task of being the first ACC team to beat Tulane this season. NC State lost to the Green Wave in New Orleans, 60-51, on Nov. 24. In Tulane’s last game it defeated Miami at Devlin Fieldhouse, 70-65.
FSU (37.6%) and Tulane (34.6%) are holding their opponents to low shooting percentages. They have proven to be excellent defensively this season. With FSU allowing just 57.2 points and Tulane allowing just 53.8 points, the two teams are combining to allow just 55.6 points per game.
Florida State has forced two of its opponents to commit 30 or more fouls this season, including a season-high 32 fouls drawn last game vs. Savannah State. In FSU’s 103-34 win on Nov. 18 against Bethune-Cookman, the Wildcats committed 30 fouls vs. FSU.
FSU is hoping to finish with just one loss in non-conference play before it faces ACC play. It would be only the fourth time since joining the ACC in 1992 that it got through the non-conference portion of the regular season with just one loss.
FSU has played just two road games this season, but both have been tight. The Noles have a +3.5 scoring margin on the road, defeating Purdue 67-64 in overtime and edging Temple 66-62.
Junior center Adut Bulgak ranks sixth in the country with seven double-doubles. The FSU single-season record is 15 double-doubles by Natasha Howard last year.
Florida State had five double-figure scorers for the second time this season against Savannah State last game. FSU has had six double-figure scorers in a game 13 times in its history, with the last coming vs. Prairie View on Nov. 17, 2013.
Point guard Maegan Conwright did not record a turnover last game against Savannah State in 24 minutes. The last time an FSU starting point guard did not have a turnover in at least 24 minutes was March 8, 2013, when Morgan Toles had zero turnovers in a 70-58 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament.
Bulgak leads Florida State with 29 blocks this season. Bulgak is just two blocks away from tying assistant coach Brooke Wyckoff for 20th on the single-season list with 31 blocks. Wyckoff had 31 blocks in 2000-01.
Kolby Morgan leads Tulane averaging 14.1 points per game. Jamie Kaplan is hitting 40.9 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts, shooting 9-of-22 from beyond the arc.
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