December 30, 2020 - by
SEMINOLES TAKE ON VIRGINIA TECH IN NOON TIP-OFF

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball returns from an 11-day hiatus to battle Virginia Tech on Thursday at Noon at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. The game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.

The Florida State Seminoles (3-1, 2-1) and Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1, 1-1) play for the 40th time. Florida State leads the all-time series 29-10, and has won eight straight matchups vs. Virginia Tech. Included in the win streak is winning three straight in Blacksburg in 2015 (59-44), 2017 (82-54) and 2019 (56-54).

“We’re excited to be back after Christmas and hopping right into another ACC challenge,” Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said. “This Virginia Tech team is much improved. There’s been some shuffling in the schedule, but to have this game against this opponent is going to be a great test and a great challenge for our team. We’re excited about it.”

Junior guard Kourtney Weber has elevated her game in the early going of this season. The New Orleans, La., native is averaging a team-best 16.8 points and shooting 57.9 percent (22-of-58) overall. In ACC play, Weber is averaging 17.7 points and shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) in games against Virginia, Clemson and Pitt.

Weber, who is a co-captain with redshirt junior Sayawni Lassiter, is just the third FSU guard in the last 20 years to shoot 50 percent or better (minimum of 7 attempts) in each of her first four games to a season (joins 2016 Spain Olympic silver medalist Leonor Rodriguez in 2012-13 and Nicki Ekhomu in 2017-18).

Virginia Tech will be a tall order for FSU. The Hokies lead the ACC in field goal percentage (49.1), 3-point field goal percentage (41.7), 3-point field goals made (80) and rank second in assists (17.14).

Center Elizabeth Kitley (19.1 points) and guard Aisha Sheppard (17.3) make up the second-highest scoring duo in the ACC. Kitley has five double-doubles this season.

Florida State continues to be one of the nation’s best free-throw shooting teams, sitting 12th nationally and second in the ACC at 79.7 percent (63-of-79). FSU is making 7.0 more free throws per game compared to its opponents this season (15.8-8.8). FSU has shot 70 percent or better from the line in each of the previous four seasons.

In three ACC games this year, FSU is third in the conference allowing opponents to shoot just 35.3 percent. On Dec. 13, Virginia was held to just 30.9 percent from the floor, and Pitt shot just 30.4 percent in FSU’s last game on Dec. 20. FSU ranks in the Top 3 in ACC play in scoring defense (2nd: 58.67 points allowed per game), blocked shots per game (2nd: 5.0 per game), field goal percentage defense (3rd: 35.3 percent) and steals (2nd: 9.0 steals per game).

The Seminoles are hoping to start 3-1 in ACC play for the seventh straight year. Since the 2014-15 season, FSU has held a 3-1 record vs. conference opponents through its first four games in the league.

Through four games this season, the Seminoles have proven they don’t just rely on one or two scorers. Three players in Weber (2), Valencia Myers (1) and Morgan Jones (1) have led FSU in scoring, and three players in Myers (2), Jones (1) and Sammie Puisis (1) have led the Seminoles in rebounding through four games.

Following Thursday’s game, FSU will travel to Wake Forest for a 1 p.m. tip on Sunday, Jan. 3, on ACC Network Extra.

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