TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball (8-6, 7-6) hosts a key ACC battle against first-place and third-ranked Louisville (20-1, 13-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles currently hold the fifth-place spot in the ACC with three games remaining in the regular season, and are one of five conference schools who hold a better than .500 record in league play.
Projected to finish eighth in the ACC by the league’s head coaches, Florida State is currently fifth in the conference. Its whirlwind season includes having 15 games re-scheduled this year, a span of 40 practices at the beginning of the season with just one game played (vs. Florida in the season opener), the cancellation of three non-conference games and a bevy of injuries throughout the year.
Redshirt junior guard Bianca Jackson poured in a career-high 21 points in FSU’s earlier matchup at Louisville on Jan. 17, going 9-of-16 from the floor. The Montgomery, Ala., native has shouldered much of the scoring load since the start of the New Year, leading FSU in scoring in five of the nine games played in 2021, including four of the last five.
Florida State’s last two Top 5-ranked wins have come against Louisville, with each occurring last season. FSU defeated fourth-ranked Louisville, 62-60, in the ACC Tournament semifinals in 2020, and also won at Louisville, defeating No. 5 UofL, 67-59, on Feb. 6, 2020.
The Seminoles are coming off a physical 62-48 loss to Georgia Tech at home on Thursday night, but FSU did out-rebound the much taller Yellow Jackets, 37-29. FSU has out-rebounded each of its last four opponents played (Miami twice, Syracuse and Georgia Tech).
FSU enters Sunday’s game ranked 55th in the NET rankings, owning strong wins over No. 26 Virginia Tech on the road, No. 36 UNC on the road (which happened with only eight players dressed and without Kourtney Weber) and at home vs. No. 43 Syracuse. The Seminoles do not own a loss outside the Top 75, and have an average opponent NET rank of ninth.
Scoring 60 points is the magic threshold for FSU this season. The Noles are 8-1 when they score 60+ points and 0-5 when they score less than 60.
Against the current Top 5 of the ACC standings (Louisville, NC State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse), Bianca Jackson leads the Noles with 14.8 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field and 50 percent (4-of-8) from outside. Morgan Jones is second averaging 12.0 points with 4.5 rebounds and shooting 45 percent (18-of-40) vs. the Top of the ACC. FSU’s scheduled home game vs. second-place NC State was canceled.
In terms of offensive shooting this season, no one has been more consistent on the Noles than Kourtney Weber. While averaging 13.0 points, she is also shooting 46.4 percent (58-of-125) from the floor, 40.4 percent (19-of-47) from 3 and 87.2 percent (34-of-39) from the line. She is looking to become the seventh Seminole ever to shoot 40 percent from downtown in a season.
Louisville is led by National Player of the Year candidate Dana Evans, a guard who is averaging 21.2 points, shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc.