January 30, 2019 - by
Noles vs. Canes: The Two Rivals Meet Thursday

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The battle for state supremacy begins once again on Thursday night at 7 p.m. as the No. 24/21 Seminoles (17-3, 5-2) host the RV/23 Hurricanes (18-4, 6-1) at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

In terms of regular-season meetings only (excludes conference tournaments), FSU has won its last eight meetings with Miami dating back to Feb. 8, 2015. Overall, Florida State leads the all-time series against Miami 44-14, with Thursday’s meeting being the 59th in series history. Head Coach Sue Semrau is 25-8 (.758) in her 22-year FSU coaching career against the Hurricanes.

However, the Hurricanes have gotten themselves off to a strong start in ACC play, sitting tied for third in the conference with an impressive 6-1 record. Florida State falls just behind Miami at 5-2 and tied for fifth alongside No. 18/16 Syracuse and Clemson, making Thursday’s meeting even more important besides the rivalry itself.

FSU junior guard Nausia Woolfolk is coming off an eye-opening performance at Virginia Tech, scoring a career-high 27 points (23 in the second half) while adding a career-best six steals. In her three meetings last year with the Hurricanes, Woolfolk averaged 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the floor along with going 13-of-16 at the free throw line (81.3 percent).

Woolfolk’s 23 second-half points at Virginia Tech last game were the most in any half by a Seminole since Brittany Brown had 24 first-half points vs. Sam Houston State on Nov. 28, 2015.

After winning in comeback fashion at Virginia Tech on Sunday by a 56-54 score, the Seminoles have won their last 12 games played that include a margin of five points or less. This season, FSU is 7-0 in five-point games or less, including wins over No. 12/14 Iowa (71-67), Mercer (57-56), St. John’s (57-53), Virginia (63-61), UNC (64-63) and Duke (66-62) in addition to Virginia Tech.

Freshman guard Morgan Jones will be asked to step up even more now that FSU is down another guard after Amaya Brown’s season-ending knee injury this past Sunday. In FSU’s win at Virginia Tech, she led the Seminoles with a +9 rating in 16 minutes, 21 seconds of action. In ACC play, Jones’ overall rating is a team-high +35.

The Hurricanes are off to their best start in ACC play since the 2011-12 season and are 3-0 against ranked teams this year. Redshirt junior forward Beatrice Mompremier has been one of the top forces in the conference, ranking first in ACC play with 12.8 rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Mykea Gray has stepped up her game for the Hurricanes in conference play, averaging 17.7 points vs. ACC opponents. Redshirt junior Laura Cornelius is first in the conference with an 89.7 free throw percentage in ACC play.

Following Thursday’s matchup, FSU returns home for a Sunday tip-off against Wake Forest at 2 p.m. National Girls and Women in Sports Day will be celebrated as part of Sunday’s game vs. the Demon Deacons.

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