TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 11 Florida State Women’s Basketball Team (14-1, 3-1) plays host to Georgia Tech (11-3, 2-1) in its first home game of the 2020 year on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
The Seminoles are riding a five-game win streak against the Yellow Jackets, and a win over Georgia Tech on Thursday would mark FSU’s longest win streak ever in the series history (FSU leads the series 27-20).
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Senior guard Nausia Woolfolk is six points shy of becoming the 37th Seminole to reach 1,000 career points, sitting at 994 points entering Thursday’s game. Teammate Nicki Ekhomu eclipsed the 1,000-point mark on Nov. 17 against Samford and is currently at 1,142 career points, ranking 27th on the career list.
The Seminoles are 4-0 this season against AP Top 25 opponents, owning wins over No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 23 Miami and No. 24 Michigan. The four ranked wins are already tied for the third-most in program history, only trailing the 2014-15 team’s six ranked wins and the nine Top 25 wins by the 2016-17 team.
First-year Georgia Tech head coach Nell Fortner goes head-to-head with FSU head coach Sue Semrau for the third time on the collegiate landscape. Semrau leads 2-0 in the meetings, which came when Fortner was a head coach at Auburn in 2009 (FSU won 82-67) and 2010 (FSU won 67-61).
Semrau faces the Ramblin’ Wreck for the 33rd time in her FSU coaching career, showing a 21-11 record against them. Since 2005, she has just lost to Georgia Tech three times.
FSU Associate Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff was part of the 1998 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials when Fortner was the USA Select Team head coach, and was part of the 2000 USA Basketball Development Camp when Fortner was the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team head coach.
In ACC play, FSU is the conference’s top scoring team (82.25) while Georgia Tech is the ACC’s second-best defensive team (56.67 ppg).
The Seminoles drilled 52.3 percent of their shots last game at Miami, their fourth game shooting 50 percent or better this season. FSU’s performance at Miami was the best shooting by any ACC team in a conference game this season.
Freshman Sammie Puisis (47.8 percent) and redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie (43.5 percent) rank fourth and fifth in the ACC, respectively, in 3-point field goal percentage in conference games.
Over the last five games, Gillespie has led FSU averaging 17.0 and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor.
Florida State is 7-0 at home this season and averaging 79.9 points at the Tucker Center. Senior guard Nausia Woolfolk leads the Seminoles in scoring at home with 15.7 points per game.
In two of the last three meetings between FSU and Georgia Tech at the Tucker Center, 30-point performances have occurred. In 2014, Natasha Howard delivered 34 points in a loss, followed by 32 points and 14 boards from Shakayla Thomas in a win in 2016.
Florida State returns home for a Sunday matchup against North Carolina at 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.