TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball looks to build on its recent road win at North Carolina as it travels to South Florida to face rival Miami on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU at The Watsco Center.
The Seminoles (6-4, 5-4) have won 12 of their past 13 regular-season meetings with the Hurricanes (7-7, 4-7), which included a 73-62 road win and a 79-61 home victory in the 2020-21 season.
Florida State is coming off a dominant defensive effort at North Carolina on Thursday, earning a 61-51 win to snap a two-game skid on the road. FSU’s defense held the Tar Heels to just 27.5 percent shooting from the floor, the 25th time the Seminoles have held an ACC opponent to under 30 percent shooting. The previous time was at Pittsburgh on Feb. 1, 2020, when it held the Panthers to 24.6 percent shooting.
Miami is led by the scoring of Kelsey Mitchell, who is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game. Endia Banks is its other double-figure scorer, averaging 10.0 points. The Hurricanes’ active defense is forcing opponents into 16.1 turnovers per game.
— FSU Women’s Hoops (@fsuwbb) February 6, 2021
Miami owns ACC wins vs. North Carolina (67-63 at home), Clemson (80-71 at home) and at Pittsburgh (72-68).
Against the Tar Heels last game, FSU used a new starting lineup that included point guard Bianca Jackson, guard Sayawni Lassiter, guard Morgan Jones, guard Sammie Puisis (who has played more in the post on defense) and forward Valencia Myers. Junior guard Kourtney Weber (14.4 ppg, 3.9 rebounds, 50.6 percent shooting) missed the UNC game following an injury. Her status is day-to-day and it is uncertain if she will suit up against Miami.
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— FSU Women’s Hoops (@fsuwbb) February 5, 2021
Jones’ last trip to Miami on Jan. 5, 2020, included a then-career high 16 points scored. Since then, she has established new career highs in scoring with 22 points in this year’s season opener vs. Florida, followed by a 36-point performance on Jan. 21 in a 95-88 double overtime win over Clemson. She is coming off a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double effort at North Carolina.
Redshirt junior point guard Bianca Jackson led the Seminoles with 19 points scored in their 61-51 win at North Carolina. Jackson scored 13 of those 19 points in the second half.
Florida State wraps up its four-game road trip on Sunday vs. Miami. It is FSU’s longest stretch away from the Tucker Center since also playing four straight away from home in the 2007-08 season.
FSU’s three lowest turnover games have come in each of the last three games on the offensive end. Against UNC last game, the Seminoles committed a season-low nine turnovers. They also recorded just 11 and 10 turnovers at Wake Forest (Jan. 28) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 24), respectively.
Next week begins a stretch of having five of the remaining six regular-season games at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It begins against Syracuse on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network.