December 7, 2019 - by
No. 8 Noles Travel to Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 8 Florida State Women’s Basketball greets a familiar foe on Sunday as it travels to face conference rival Clemson for a Noon tip-off at Littlejohn Coliseum. The game will air on several of the ACC’s regional sports networks, which include FOX Sports Florida for Sunshine State residents.

In addition to the several network affiliates airing the game, fans who are in market can stream the game on the FOX Sports Go App, while out of market fans can stream on the ESPN App.

The Seminoles (8-0) enter their ACC opener at Clemson with one of the nation’s best non-conference résumés. FSU owns wins against strong NCAA Tournament contenders LSU (70-62 on the road), then-No. 6 Texas A&M (80-58 in Fort Worth, Texas) and No. 19 Michigan State (78-68 at home).

FSU holds two AP Top 25 wins by Dec. 8 for just the second time in program history (had two Top 25 wins on 12/2/90 and 12/7/90).

In those “Big Three” wins, redshirt senior and pre-season All-American Kiah Gillespie has averaged 18.3 points and 10.7 rebounds while shooting 47.4 percent (18-of-38) from the floor. LSU, Texas A&M and Michigan State have presented tough interior play, but FSU’s rebound margin in the three games combined is +10.7 (122 to 90 overall).

The Seminoles are looking to avenge last year’s two losses to Clemson (3-6). Florida State is 18-2 vs. Clemson in its last 20 meetings, but that 18-game win streak was snapped last year with a pair of defeats (45-57 at home; 68-73 on the road) to the Tigers. FSU leads the all-time series 30-26 and is 15-1 in its last 16 games played at Clemson.

Florida State continues to put teams away in the fourth quarter. Last game vs. No. 19 Michigan State, it shot 5-of-10 and made 18 straight free throws down the stretch in what was a season-high 29-point quarter. For the season, FSU is shooting 55.9 percent (62-of-111) in the fourth quarter and has shot above 50 percent in seven of its eight fourth quarters played.

In FSU’s last game vs. Clemson, Nicki Ekhomu scored 27 points (9-of-17) in 38 minutes played against the Tigers. The point total is her ACC career high.

The Seminoles are 15-7 at Clemson under head coach Sue Semrau, who began her tenure in 1997. Semrau led the Seminoles to their first-ever road win at Clemson on Jan. 30, 2003 (W, 59-57), breaking a previous 0-11 mark on the road vs. the Tigers.

FSU joins Baylor, Texas Tech and Georgia Tech as the four teams whom rank in the Top 11 nationally in scoring margin AND rebound margin. FSU is 11th in scoring margin (+26.3) despite already playing four Power 5 schools and seventh in rebound margin (+13.6).

The Tigers are 0-5 this season against Power 5 schools, most recently coming off a 74-60 loss at Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Senior forward Kobi Thornton is a proven player who averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and shoots 48.1 percent from the floor. Freshman forward Amari Robinson is one of the ACC’s better young players, averaging 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds.

FSU’s next game is at home on Sunday, Dec. 15, when it hosts St. John’s at 2 p.m. on the ACC Network.

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