TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 17 Florida State Women’s Basketball hopes to carry its momentum going into Sunday when it hosts long-time conference foe Virginia at Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (19-4, 8-4) will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday.
FSU has won five of the last six meetings, including a 63-61 thriller in last year’s ACC opener at UVA on Jan. 3, 2019. Virginia leads the all-time series 35-18.
The Seminoles are coming off their ninth AP Top 5 win in program history after being the first ACC team this season to take down No. 5 Louisville on Thursday, winning 67-59 on the road.
The senior trio of Kiah Gillespie (25 points), Nicki Ekhomu (18 points) and Nausia Woolfolk (11 points) combined for 54 of FSU’s 67 points at Louisville. In FSU’s other Top 10 win this year over No. 6 Texas A&M, the three seniors combined for 61 of FSU’s 80 points (Woolfolk: 24; Gillespie: 22 Ekhomu: 15).
FSU has already delivered five AP Top 25 wins this year, its most in a season since the 2016-17 team recorded a school-record nine ranked victories. The Seminoles are 5-1 against AP Top 25 opponents, with wins over No. 5 Louisville (road), No. 6 Texas A&M (neutral), No. 19 Michigan State (home), No. 23 Miami (road) and No. 24 Michigan (neutral).
A win over the Cavaliers on Sunday would mark Florida State’s eighth consecutive season with 20 or more wins, which would continue to extend the school record. It would also put FSU one win away of achieving its sixth straight season with 10 or more ACC victories.
Two of the ACC’s most gifted players in Virginia senior Jocelyn Willoughby and Gillespie face off on Sunday. Both players rank in the ACC Top 10 in scoring (Willoughby: 19.4 ppg; Gillespie: 15.6), rebounding (Gillespie: 9.1 rpg; Willoughby: 7.7) and field goal percentage (Gillespie: 44.7; Willoughby: 45.7).
FSU will have a bye for next Thursday’s slate of games and continue play on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Duke in what is an ACC Network/ESPN2 flex game at 1 p.m.