TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown returns on Tuesday as No. 12 Florida State Women’s Basketball travels to face Florida at 6 p.m. at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville. The matchup airs on the SEC Network+.
Florida State has owned the rivalry as of late, winning six of the last seven meetings, eight of the last 10 since 2009 and 12 of the last 16 since 2004. Carrying a very young roster last year, FSU was able to grind out a 63-56 win over Florida in Tallahassee.
Florida State is seeking its second road win this season against a Southeastern Conference opponent. On Nov. 9, the Seminoles (5-0) picked up a 70-62 victory at LSU behind senior point guard Nicki Ekhomu’s 21 points and freshman sharp-shooter Sammie Puisis’ 16 points off the bench (4-of-4 from beyond the arc).
Tuesday’s rivalry matchup will be FSU head coach Sue Semrau’s 25th against the Gators (4-1). Semrau took over the Seminoles facing a major rebuild in 1997 and lost her first eight games vs. UF. Since then, she has gone 12-4 against the Gators and has worked her way toward a 12-12 all-time record against them.
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A win over the Gators would tie for the second-most consecutive wins over UF, as FSU currently owns a three-game win streak in the series. The only other win streaks that are longer are seven consecutive wins from 1978-80 and four consecutive wins from 1982-84. FSU and UF began playing each other just once a season in 2000, with the exception of playing each other twice in the 2005-06 season.
The Seminoles are looking for their fifth 6-0 start to the season in just the last decade. In that time, FSU started 6-0 in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2017-18.
Four-year seniors Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk look to become the first undefeated senior class vs. UF (currently 3-0).
FSU is coming off a virtual record-breaking performance in Ekhomu’s homecoming game at UIC. In the 86-42 win, FSU made its second-most 3-point field goals in a game (14), but set a program record for most 3-point attempts (34).
FSU recorded 31.7 percent of its season assist total last game at UIC, registering a season-high 26 assists compared to just nine turnovers. It was the Seminoles’ most assists recorded since also totaling 26 assists vs. Winthrop on Nov. 24, 2016.
Florida is off to its best start since the 2016-17 season, owning wins over Grambling State (72-65), Longwood (71-54), Samford (84-48) and Presbyterian (60-46). It is coming off a home loss to 18th-ranked Indiana on Friday night, going down 73-49.
UF’s redshirt junior guard Kiara Smith has led the Gators in scoring through the first five games, averaging 14.4 points. Freshman guard Lavender Briggs is the team’s other double-figure scorer, averaging 13.0 points. Brigg is also 8-of-19 from beyond the arc to lead the team.
After its rivalry game with Florida, FSU finishes its three-game road trip with a key non-conference game vs. No. 6 Texas A&M on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic on FS1 in Fort Worth, Texas (TCU campus).