January 20, 2021 - by
Noles Host Clemson on Thursday Night

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – After preparing for second-ranked NC State, Florida State Women’s Basketball had to prove its flexibility once again as its opponent switched on Thursday night, now hosting Clemson at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

For the second time in just over a month, the Seminoles (4-2, 3-2) and Tigers (8-4, 3-4) face off in a key conference matchup. Florida State looks to avenge its close 72-69 road loss at Clemson on Dec. 17, 2020. FSU leads the all-time series 32-27, with both teams splitting their last six games played.

“It does change by the hour,” FSU Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said of the constant schedule shuffling. “If you get upset about every time there is a change, it does no good. Our players and our coaches – our whole staff – have done an amazing job adapting, being flexible and being prepared at a moment’s notice. We’re just happy to be playing basketball. It’s a blessing every time we get to do so, so we’ll take it however it comes.”

The Seminoles enter Thursday’s game sitting 52nd in the NET rankings, while Clemson is 43rd. FSU’s top NET win this season comes at Virginia Tech (W, 73-63), with the Hokies ranking 39th on the list.

Junior guard Kourtney Weber led FSU in that first game against Clemson, scoring a career-high 21 points (7-of-11) and adding three steals in 29:07 played. The New Orleans, La., native is the nation’s only player who ranks in the Top 25 nationally in both field goal percentage (25th: 57.7%) and free throw percentage (9th: 95.5%).

Redshirt junior point guard Bianca Jackson is proving to perform even better when the competition heats up. Last game at then-No. 2 Louisville, she established a career high with 21 points. Her previous career high in points came when she was a freshman at South Carolina and dropped 20 on No. 1 UConn on Feb. 1, 2018.

Florida State is 3-0 at home this season, owning wins over Florida (81-75), Virginia (69-51) and Pittsburgh (67-53). In home games this season, FSU is out-rebounding its opponent by an average of +11 rebounds per game (129-96 total). Junior forward Valencia Myers has elevated her play at home this year, averaging 11.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocked shots and shooting 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the floor.

The Seminoles enter Thursday’s game as one of seven ACC teams with an above .500 conference record, joining No. 1 Louisville (5-0), No. 2 NC State (5-0), No. 23 Syracuse (4-1), Georgia Tech (4-2), Notre Dame (5-3) and Wake Forest (4-3).

Clemson returns to the floor after an 11-day layoff. The Tigers are 0-3 in 2021 after winning three of their first four ACC games. Freshman guard Gabby Elliott, who scored 19 points vs. FSU in the first meeting this year, leads the Tigers with 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Following Thursday’s game, FSU prepares for a road matchup at Georgia Tech on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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