TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 12th-ranked Seminoles (3-0) host the Samford Bulldogs (1-3) on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The two teams will be meeting for the second time in the past three seasons.
The matchup will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra. Gameday audio will be available as always on WQTL 106.1 FM.
Florida State leads the all-time series with Samford at 4-0. The two teams last played on Nov. 26, 2017, when the Seminoles earned an 87-62 win at the Tucker Center. Current senior and then-sophomore Nausia Woolfolk scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while adding five points and three steals in 25 minutes.
FSU’s aggressive defense has been on full display early in the season. The Seminoles are allowing just 46.3 points per game, the third-lowest in the ACC. FSU is also second in the conference with 6.3 blocked shots per game, led by freshman center River Baldwin’s eight blocked shots.
Senior point guard Nicki Ekhomu is now 10 points shy of recording 1,000 points for her career. She has 990 career points after scoring 14 points in FSU’s 75-41 win over Jacksonville on Wednesday. Ekhomu would become the 36th Seminole to reach 1,000 career points and the first since Leticia Romero accomplished the feat on March 25, 2017.
Redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie has led FSU in rebounding in each of the last eight games, dating back to last year.
The Seminoles now have two games this season with 24 fast-break points. Prior to this season, the last time FSU recorded 24+ fast-break points was on Nov. 24, 2016, vs. Winthrop (33 FB points).
Florida State continues to turn things up in the fourth quarter. FSU has totaled its most single-quarter points (67) in the fourth and is allowing its fewest single-quarter points (26) in the fourth. Its average fourth-quarter score this season is 22.3-8.7.
Next up for FSU is a three-game road trip that begins on Saturday, Nov. 23, at UIC. The game will serve as a homecoming for Bolingbrook, Ill., native Ekhomu.