TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 17 ranked Florida State Women’s basketball (18-4, 7-4) heads on the road to face No. 5 Louisville (21-1, 10-0) in its toughest matchup of the season on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.
The Seminoles boast an impressive 4-1 record against AP Top 25 opponents this season, with their highest-ranked victory being an 80-58 win vs. No. 6 Texas A&M on Dec. 1 in Fort Worth, Texas (Maggie Dixon Classic).
The Seminoles face a tough Cardinals squad that is on a 13-game win streak and holds an undefeated record in ACC play. Louisville (.462) and Florida State (.456) lead the conference in field goal percentage and are the only two teams shooting above 45%.
The top-20 matchup features five of the ACC’s top scorers in three Seminoles and two Cardinals who all rank amongst the top 15 in points per game average. Florida State redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie (ninth – 15.1), senior guard Nicki Ekhomu (tenth – 14.8) and senior guard Nausia Woolfolk (15th – 13.9) go head-to-head with Louisville junior guard Dana Evans (second – 18.7), and senior guard Jazmine Jones (12th – 14.2). The Seminoles are the only team with three players ranking in the Top 15 in the conference in scoring during ACC play.
In FSU’s five AP Top 25 matchups this season, Gillespie leads Florida State averaging 20.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, shooting 53.8 percent (35-65) and 40.7 percent from outside (11-27). Woolfolk averages 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Ekhomu is two 3-point field goals shy (98) of being the 11th Seminole to reach 100 for her career. With those two shots from long distance, she will join only Courtney Ward, Leticia Romero and April Traylor as Seminoles with 1,000 career points (1,262), 300 career assists (349) and 100 career 3-point field goals.
The rebounding margin numbers reveal how tightly-contested ACC games can be. Florida State ranks second in the ACC with a +8.6 overall rebound margin per game. Louisville follows close behind placed fourth in conference play at a +7.6 margin.
Florida State leads a competitive all-time series against Louisville 16-14. FSU has won four of the last six meetings and is 6-4 in their last 10 meetings played at Louisville. As ACC opponents since 2014-15, the Noles are 4-2 vs. the Cardinals.
The Seminoles are going for their ninth AP Top 5 win in program history on Thursday. FSU returns to the site of its highest-ranked road win in program history and what is tied for its highest-ranked all-time win.
On Jan. 21, 2018, the 12th-ranked Seminoles knocked off No. 2 Louisville 50-49 in front of 14,248 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. Only current Noles Ekhomu (five points) and Woolfolk (seven points) played in that game. The win matched FSU’s 80-74 home victory over No. 2 Duke on Feb. 8, 2004, for the highest-ranked win in program history.
FSU follows its Louisville trip with a home contest against ACC foe Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 12 p.m. on the ACC Network. The Seminoles will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday.