November 20, 2021 - by
No. 17 Noles Host Grambling State on Fansgiving

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – No. 17 Florida State Women’s Basketball (3-0) hosts Grambling State (2-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in what is the team’s Fansgiving promotion.

Fans can bring a canned food item in exchange for $3 tickets to the game. The donations benefit Food for Thought Pantry, which is operated by Florida State University’s Department of Student Support and Transitions. The pantry stocks dry staples, produce, refrigerated goods, frozen items such as meat and hygiene products at no cost to FSU students.

Grambling State comes to the Tucker Center on the return trip of a home-and-home series with FSU that began in the 2017-18 season, when former Seminole sharp-shooter Imani Wright made a homecoming trip to Grambling State on Nov. 19, 2017. In that game, the Seminoles came out on top 96-53, and Wright had a homecoming to remember with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Sunday’s game ends FSU’s season-opening four-game homestand, which already includes wins over North Florida, Milwaukee and Jacksonville. Through the young season, the Seminoles are out-scoring their opponents by an average of +30.0 points per game at 73.7-43.7.

Freshman forward Makayla Timpson owns three double-figure scoring games in her first three games as a Seminole. The last FSU freshman to start their career with three straight games with 10+ points was Valencia Myers in 2018-19. Myers began her career with four consecutive double-figure games.

The Seminoles are coming off a physical 64-39 win over Jacksonville on Thursday in a game where they drew 24 fouls and went to the free throw line 23 times. FSU was sparked by its best shooting quarter of the season, going 9-of-12 (75 percent) to out-score the Dolphins, 27-7, in the third quarter. In the second half, the Seminoles shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24).

With a heavy emphasis on quality post play, Florida State has been able to score in the paint in bunches this season. Nearly 51 percent (112 of 221 points) of FSU’s scoring this season has come inside.

Bianca Jackson has a SWAC connection with Grambling State. Her mother is Freda Freeman-Jackson, who is currently in her 24th season as head coach of the women’s basketball team at Alabama State. She has led the Hornets to three SWAC titles in her career.

For the second straight game, an opposing head coach has a connection to the Tallahassee area. Grambling State head coach Freddie Murray used to be an assistant coach at Florida A&M from 2010-15, assisting the Lady Rattlers to one of their best seasons ever in 2010 when they finished 22-8.

Following the conclusion of FSU’s homestand, the Seminoles prepare for the St. Pete Showcase held Nov. 25-27 at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. FSU first faces BYU on Thanksgiving night at 7 p.m., then would face either the winner/loser of No. 22 West Virginia and Purdue at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

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