January 12, 2022 - by
Seminoles Battle No. 15 Georgia Tech on the Road

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 52nd meeting between Florida State Women’s Basketball (7-6, 1-2) and 15th-ranked Georgia Tech (12-3, 3-1) takes place on Thursday night at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network at McCamish Pavilion.

Overall, the Seminoles own a 27-24 edge vs. the Yellow Jackets, but Georgia Tech carries a four-game win streak in the series heading into Thursday night’s contest.

The state of Georgia has been a strong recruiting ground for Florida State, which includes current players Morgan Jones (Jonesboro) and Makayla Timpson (Edison). In recent seasons, other notable Georgia players to suit up for the Garnet and Gold include Nausia Woolfolk (Fort Valley) as well as current graduate assistant Ivey Slaughter (Macon), who played for FSU from 2013-17.

The Seminoles are coming off their most complete performance of the season in an 87-46 thumping over Wake Forest on Sunday. In the win, FSU set season highs in points, 3-point field goals (8), 3-point field goal percentage (50 percent) and free throw percentage (86.7 percent). FSU assisted on 21 of its 33 made field goals in the game. FSU’s win came without the services of leading returning scorer Bianca Jackson.

Florida State owns 30 Associated Press Top 15 wins in program history, with its last coming when it defeated No. 3 Louisville, 68-59, at home on Feb. 21, 2021. In each of the previous seven seasons, the Seminoles own at least one AP Top 25 victory, with more opportunities to come this year as the ACC boasts several nationally-ranked teams that FSU has yet to face in 2021-22.

The Seminoles have been much more efficient on offense entering ACC play. FSU ranks third in the league in scoring offense in ACC play (77.0), third in free throw percentage (80.9), third in field goal percentage (47.0), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (36.8), tied for third in assists (16.0) and first in assist/turnover ratio (1.41).

FSU ranks in the Top 25 nationally in rebound margin (+9.0 per game), having out-rebounded 12 of its first 13 opponents this season. Only Virginia Tech out-rebounded the Seminoles in their ACC opener on Dec. 19, 2021.

Jones is one of the most efficient scorers in the ACC, ranking in the top five in the league in both scoring (fifth) and field goal percentage (fourth). She joins conference players Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech) and Taylor Soule (Boston College) in that group.

Junior guard Sara Bejedi enters Thursday’s game having made each of her last five 3-point field goal attempts. She has not missed a shot from the outside since FSU played at Florida on Dec. 12.

Georgia Tech is coming off a 63-52 road win on Tuesday night at Pittsburgh, with Lotta-Maj Lahtinen leading all scorers with 17 points. The Yellow Jackets have two double-figure scorers in Nerea Hermosa (10.9) and Eylia Love (10.3). Opponents average just 45.1 points per game vs. them this season.

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