January 19, 2022 - by

Seminoles Host Rival Miami on Thursday Night

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 65th women’s basketball meeting between rivals Florida State and Miami takes place on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The contest will air on several of the ACC’s regional sports networks, including Bally Sports Sun.

The Seminoles (8-7, 2-3) lead the Hurricanes (9-6, 2-3) in the all-time series, 48-16, and have won the last seven games played in Tallahassee.

A balanced scoring effort by four returning Seminoles highlighted FSU’s 67-59 win vs. Miami in their last meeting at the Tucker Center on Feb. 14, 2021. Kourtney Weber led FSU with 15 points, while Bianca Jackson had 13 and Valencia Myers and Sammie Puisis each added 12 points in the victory.

FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau is set to coach in her 38th game against the Hurricanes on Thursday, owning a 28-9 all-time record. Due to taking a leave of absence last year to assist in her mother’s fight against cancer, Semrau last coached vs. Miami on Jan. 26, 2020, in a 79-61 home win over the Hurricanes.

In terms of direct head-to-head competition vs. Miami this academic year, Florida State Athletics is 3-2 so far with wins by football (31-28), men’s basketball (65-64) and the national championship women’s soccer team (4-1).

Senior guard Morgan Jones delivered her sixth career 20-point game, as well as her third this season, when she dropped 20 at Clemson in a 79-68 win on Jan. 18. The Jonesboro, Ga., native and Senior CLASS Award candidate’s three 20-point performances this year already match her total from last season.

FSU is coming off a 53 percent (30-of-57) shooting effort at Clemson, its fourth game at 50 percent or better this season (second in ACC play).

Another double-figure scoring performance by Jones would extend her streak to 14 games, which would be the longest streak by a Seminole since All-American Kiah Gillespie also had 14 straight games in the 2018-19 year, which was Jones’ freshman season.

Thursday’s contest will be the 100th game played for senior forward Valencia Myers. In terms of FSU’s active leader in career games played, Tiana England leads with 105, followed by Myers (all with FSU), Jones (98 at FSU), Jackson (97) and Weber (96 at FSU).

FSU out-scored Clemson in its last game off the bench, 32-7. The Seminoles have out-scored 14 of their 15 opponents this season in bench points, and have recorded 20+ points off the bench in 10 consecutive games.

The Seminoles enter Thursday’s matchup with Miami ranking 27th nationally with a +8.1 rebound margin. FSU has out-rebounded 14 of its 15 opponents this season.

In ACC play, FSU ranks in the Top 3 in scoring offense (74.8), free throw percentage (77.6%), field goal percentage (46.2%), 3-point field goal percentage (37.1%), rebounding defense (31.20), rebounding margin (+4.2), assist/turnover ratio (1.12) and defensive rebounding percentage (72.2%).

FSU continues its homestand on Sunday when it hosts Clemson at 2 p.m. in a game that will also air on several Bally Sports networks.

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