TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team, recently ranked 25th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, plays host to Georgia State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The tip-off is FSU’s final non-conference game of the regular season and will air on ACC Network Extra.
The Seminoles (11-1) hold their first Top 25 ranking in the USA Today Poll since being rated 14th in the end-of-year ranking in 2018. Previously, FSU spent 71 consecutive weeks in the poll, a streak that began on Jan. 5, 2015.
FSU is riding a seven-game win streak, and looks to continue the momentum it had going into the holiday break. In its last game at Milwaukee (W, 87-62) on Dec. 20, the Seminoles buried a program-record 15 3-point field goals. FSU shot 15-of-25 (60 percent) from beyond the arc, and this year’s team holds three of the Top 13 3-point shooting performances in program history (15 vs. Milwaukee, 12 vs. Jacksonville, 11 vs. Penn State).
The Panthers (6-4) are coached by Gene Hill, who is in his first year with the program. He coached against the Seminoles in his previous five seasons under Wolfpack coach Wes Moore at NC State, helping compile a 112-52 record in that time.
Florida State leads Georgia State 3-1 in the all-time series. The last meeting happened on Nov. 21, 2011, in a 94-74 win at the Tucker Center behind Alumna Chelsea Davis’ 25 points.
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Freshman guard Kourtney Weber finished 4-of-4 from 3-point range last game at Milwaukee, making her just the ninth Seminole to make all four or more 3-point field goal attempts. The single-game record for 3-point field goal percentage on 4+ attempts is when Robin Storey (1989), Mara Freshour (2007) and Emiah Bingley (2015) each went 5-of-5.
The Seminoles are 10-0 this season when they out-rebound the opposition. After falling behind in the rebounding battle at halftime (22-9) last game at Milwaukee, it out-rebounded the Panthers 23-7 in the second half and 32-29 for the game.
Junior guard Nicki Ekhomu has gone on a scoring spree over her last four games, averaging 22.3 points per game during that span. Ekhomu recorded a game-high 26 points (8-of-14) with six assists and four steals, has four 20-point games this season and has consecutive 20-point performances (24 vs. Creighton, 26 at Milwaukee).
Following FSU’s non-conference finale vs. Georgia State, it begins ACC play on the road with a game at Virginia on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra.