TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 24/19 Florida State Women’s Basketball team carries its four-game win streak into South Bend, Ind., as it travels to face fourth-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday at Noon on ESPN.
Calling the action will be Paul Sunderland and Kara Lawson. Fans can also listen to the game between the Seminoles (20-3, 8-2) and Fighting Irish (21-3, 8-2) on the Seminole Gameday App or locally on WQTL 106.1 FM.
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FSU tied for its third-fastest mark to 20 wins by defeating No. 9 NC State on Thursday at home, 75-70. Only the 2014-15 and 2016-17 Seminoles, both Elite Eight teams, reached the 20-win mark faster at 22 games apiece (began the year 20-2 in both seasons).
The 2018-19 Seminoles have defied the odds this season: They were predicted to finish seventh and eighth in the ACC (lowest predicted finish in 15 years), have by far the lowest experience in the ACC in terms of career starts (entered ACC play with 77, next closest team was Duke at 147) and head coach Sue Semrau had to replenish her entire starting five from a season ago for the first time in her 22-year head coaching career.
Florida State is 3-1 this season against ranked opponents (AP Poll and/or USA Today Coaches Poll). FSU owns ranked wins vs. No. 12/14 Iowa (71-67), RV/23 Miami (62-58 at home) and vs. No. 9/9 NC State (75-70 at home).
The Seminoles are 9-0 this season in games decided by five points or less. Dating back to last year, despite being a much different team this season, FSU has won its last 14 games decided by five points or less.
Florida State is looking for its first win over Notre Dame, showing an 0-8 record against the Fighting Irish. Sunday’s game is just FSU’s third trip to South Bend, having lost in its last visit 79-61 on Feb. 26, 2017.
In FSU’s current four-game win streak, its fourth-quarter performance has been a key difference. FSU has averaged 22.8 points in each of its last four fourth quarters, including out-scoring NC State 25-20 on Thursday night.
Freshman Valencia Myers’ five blocked shots vs. NC State marked her third five-block performance of the season. Her 39 blocks rank 16th in a season at FSU and are the most blocks by an FSU freshman since Jacinta Monroe had 63 in the 2006-07 season.
Junior guard Nausia Woolfolk averages a team-high 18.0 points per game in ACC road games.
Notre Dame, the defending national champions, are led once again by guard Arike Ogunbowale and her 20.7 points per game. The Fighting Irish have lost two ACC contests on the road at North Carolina and most recently to Miami.
The Irish average 86.4 points per game and have four other double-figure scorers in Jessica Shepard (15.1 ppg), Marina Mabrey (14.7), Jackie Young (14.6) and Brianna Turner (12.9).
Following Sunday’s nationally-televised game, FSU returns for its second matchup with Clemson this season on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum.