January 26, 2022 - by

Noles Face Top-5 Opponent Louisville on the Road

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball (9-8, 3-4) and fifth-ranked Louisville (16-2, 6-1) renew their rivalry on Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center with an 8 p.m. matchup on the ACC Network.

Since Louisville joined the ACC in the 2014-15 academic year, the Seminoles own a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series as members of the ACC.

The Seminoles and Cardinals have been two of the premier programs in the ACC. They are the only two schools in the conference to clinch Top 4 seeds in the ACC Tournament in six of the last seven seasons, and are two of just 10 programs nationally whom have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last eight seasons. The other programs include Baylor, Maryland, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UConn.

Senior guard Morgan Jones put on a sensational performance in FSU’s last matchup with Louisville, which included a 68-59 home win over the No. 3 Cardinals on Feb. 21, 2021. The Jonesboro, Ga., native scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while going 12-of-15 from the free throw line and drawing 11 fouls. Jones is coming off a performance vs. Clemson where she went 11-of-12 from the foul line.

The Seminoles are aiming for their 12th AP-Top 5 win in program history. Five of FSU’s 11 AP-Top 5 wins have come vs. Louisville, including in two recent trips to the KFC Yum! Center in 2020 (W, 67-59 vs. #5 UofL) and 2018 (W, 50-49, vs. #2 UofL). FSU also defeated No. 4 Louisville at home (68-63) on Jan. 22, 2015 in addition to its 68-59 win vs. the third-ranked Cardinals last year.

Florida State is 7-4 in its last 11 games played vs. AP Top 25 teams. It is 0-1 this season after falling at No. 15 Georgia Tech on Jan. 13 in a hard-fought game, losing 68-64.

The Seminoles continue to lead the ACC in conference play in rebounding defense, allowing just 32.43 rebounds per game. FSU has out-rebounded 15 of its first 17 opponents this season.

Florida State is coming off a 75-70 win over Clemson on Sunday where it shot 25-of-26 from the free throw line (96.2 percent).

The Seminoles had four double-figure scorers in Morgan Jones (15), Makayla Timpson (12), River Baldwin (11) and O’Mariah Gordon (10) vs. Clemson. It was the third time this season FSU has amassed four double-figure scorers in a game.

In FSU’s home win over Clemson on Sunday, the Seminoles held a 23-4 rebounding advantage with River Baldwin on the floor. FSU out-scored Clemson in its last game off the bench, 35-18. The Seminoles have out-scored 16 of their 17 opponents this season in bench points, and have recorded 20+ points off the bench in 12 consecutive games.

A win over No. 5 Louisville on Thursday would mark the 51st AP Top 25 victory by head coach Sue Semrau. Last year’s home win over No. 3 Louisville was under the coaching of current Associate Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff. Wyckoff has been part of a Top 5 win as both a head coach and a player at FSU, when she led the Seminoles to a huge 71-69 upset at No. 4 Duke on Feb. 8, 2001, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds, five steals, three assists and a block in what was Semrau’s fourth season.

Freshman point guard O’Mariah Gordon continues to be a knock-down shooter from the floor. Over her last five games, she is shooting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the floor and has shown her ability to finish at the rim.

In ACC play, freshman forward Timpson ranks in the Top 10 in free throw percentage (72%) and blocked shots (1.29).

Louisville is led by the play of Hailey Van Lith, who is averaging a team-best 12.3 points. The Cardinals have three double-figure scorers in Van Lith, Kianna Smith and Emily Engstler.

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