TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 12th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team faces a strong test on Sunday night as it battles No. 6 Texas A&M at the Maggie Dixon Classic held at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sunday’s action tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Southwest. Fans can also watch the game on the FOX Sports Go app, but your cable or satellite provider must have FOX Sports Southwest as part of its channel lineup.
The Seminoles (6-0) and Aggies (5-0) both come in undefeated. FSU looks to take down its third SEC opponent this season. A third victory over an SEC opponent would be FSU’s most in a season since it defeated four schools from the conference (Auburn, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Florida) in the 2010-11 season. FSU is 2-0 this season in road games at LSU (70-62) and Florida (66-55).
The Seminoles seek their 17th AP Top 10 victory in program history on Sunday night. Head Coach Sue Semrau owns 15 of the school’s 16 AP Top 10 wins, and FSU has recorded an AP Top 10 win in each of its last three seasons. Its last Top 10 win came on Feb. 7, 2019, vs. No. 9 NC State in Tallahassee (W, 75-70).
Redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie is coming off a workmanlike 17-point, 18-rebound performance in Florida State’s 66-55 rivalry road win at Florida last game. Her 18 rebounds tied her career high and also are the most recorded by a Seminole in the 81-game history against the Gators.
Florida State holds Top 25 NCAA marks in scoring defense (ninth; 49.2), scoring margin (16th; +29.7), field goal percentage (16th; 47.7), rebound margin (17th; +14.5), lowest turnovers per game (18th; 12.3), blocked shots (20th; 33) and assist/turnover ratio (25th; 1.31).
The Seminoles are looking to start 7-0 for the fifth time since Semrau took over the program in 1997. FSU’s last 7-0 start came in the 2017-18 season (started 10-0 that season).
An FSU win over No. 6 Texas A&M would be the ninth highest-ranked win in program history. FSU has never defeated a sixth-ranked opponent before. On Jan. 5, 2009, FSU defeated No. 3 Texas A&M, 60-53, in Tallahassee.
After starting her first two games this season with four assists and seven turnovers, Nicki Ekhomu has recorded 18 assists to just four turnovers over her last four games played. River Baldwin is tied for fourth among freshmen nationally with 14 totaled blocked shots this season. The top-blocking freshman so far is South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston with 25 swats.
Texas A&M’s junior guard Chennedy Carter is one of the nation’s premier players. She is averaging 23.2 points and shooting 45.3 percent from the floor. Junior center Ciera Johnson is second on the team averaging 13.0 points, followed by 12.0 points per game from junior guard Kayla Wells.
The Aggies have defeated a few notable opponents this season, beating Duke at home, 79-58, and going on the road to defeat USC 74-64.
The Seminoles return with another ranked matchup on Thursday, Dec. 5, against 15th-ranked Michigan State at the Donald L. Tucker Center as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The matchup begins at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network.