TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 11th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team is looking to bounce back on Sunday afternoon as it hosts North Carolina at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Two of the ACC’s highest-scoring units will entertain the crowd on Sunday. The North Carolina Tar Heels (12-3, 3-1) average 77.27 points per game (second-most) while the Seminoles (14-2, 3-2) are averaging 77.19 points (third-best in the conference).
Florida State has a program-record four-game win streak against North Carolina dating back to 2016, winning two games in Tallahassee and two in Chapel Hill during that time. Sunday’s meeting will be the 48th all-time in series history, with UNC holding a 33-14 edge.
FSU won a close game last year in Chapel Hill, winning 64-63 behind Nausia Woolfolk’s 20 points and Nicki Ekhomu’s clutch free throws down the stretch.
Sunday’s matchup will mark the second time FSU head coach Sue Semrau and first-year UNC head coach Courtney Banghart go head-to-head. Semrau won the first matchup during Banghart’s reign at Princeton, winning 60-44 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Waco, Texas. In 2015, both Semrau (AP, ESPNW, WBCA) and Banghart (Naismith) won national coach of the year honors.
Woolfolk became the 37th Seminole to eclipse 1,000 career points last game vs. Georgia Tech, joining Ekhomu (1,158) on the active list. Fellow senior forward Kiah Gillespie has a combined 1,090 points in her collegiate career, with 785 of them coming in her 1 1/2 seasons as a Seminole.
Gillespie and UNC junior center Janelle Bailey are each tied for second in the ACC with eight 10-rebound games this season. They only trail NC State’s Elissa Cunane, who has nine games.
The Seminoles continue to lead the league in field goal percentage in ACC play, shooting 46.2 percent in conference games.
FSU has only been out-rebounded in one game this season, sitting 13th nationally with a +10.4 rebound margin.
Against the ACC’s three Triangle schools in Duke, UNC and NC State, Florida State is 12-5 over its last 17 games played. Last season, FSU finished 3-1 against those schools.
The Seminoles return with a road game at No. 9 NC State on Thursday at 6 p.m. on the ACC Network.