WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball (5-3, 4-3) prepares for its fifth ACC road game this season, including its third in its last four conference games, as it faces Wake Forest (7-6, 4-5) on Thursday at 6 p.m. at LJVM Coliseum. The matchup will air on ACC Network Extra.
The FSU-Wake Forest matchup was originally supposed to take place on Jan. 3 but was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.
“They’re a solid, experienced team that is playing well lately,” FSU Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said. “We have our work cut out for us on the road against them. We know them well. We’ve played them several times in the last few years. It will be a great challenge for us.”
— FSU Women’s Hoops (@fsuwbb) January 27, 2021
Thursday’s game against Wake Forest, which is ranked 50th in the latest NET rankings, will mark FSU’s seventh game this season facing a team ranked in the Top 55 of the NET. FSU has already battled No. 6 Louisville on the road (L, 84-56), No. 21 Georgia Tech on the road (L, 66-58), No. 37 Virginia Tech on the road (W, 73-63), No. 46 Clemson twice (L, 72-69 on the road; W, 95-88, at home) and at home vs. No. 55 Florida (W, 81-75).
In FSU’s last meeting with Wake Forest, which included a much different-looking team, the Seminoles won, 76-47, in the quarterfinals of the 2020 ACC Tournament. Kourtney Weber was very productive off the bench that game, scoring 15 points with four assists in 25:19.
Wake Forest’s Ivana Raca (16.0 points) and Gina Conti (14.9) make up one of the best duos in the ACC, lifting the Demon Deacons with their senior leadership and play-making abilities.
The Seminoles hope to ride the hot hand of junior guard Morgan Jones, who averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and shot 54.1 percent (20-of-37) from the floor last week. The Jonesboro, Ga., native scored an ACC-best 36 points with 11 rebounds in a double-overtime win at Clemson (95-88) last Thursday, and followed with a team-best 14 points in a 66-58 loss to Georgia Tech on the road.
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The duo of Jones and Weber have been productive in FSU’s four road games. They are combining to shoot 51.3 percent (37-of-72) from the floor, with Jones averaging a team-best 14.0 points while Weber is averaging 13.3 points.
In FSU’s four road games this season, it has produced four different leading scorers: Weber at Clemson (21 points), Sammie Puisis/Jones at Virginia Tech (15 points apiece), Bianca Jackson at Louisville (21 points) and Jones at Georgia Tech (14 points).
Over her last five games played, Puisis has averaged 10.2 points, shot 40 percent from the field (18-of-45) and 40 percent (14-of-35) from beyond the arc. In that span, nearly 78 percent (35-of-45) of her shots have been from the outside.
Redshirt junior Sayawni Lassiter is hoping to follow up on her strong game off the bench at Georgia Tech last Sunday. She hit all three of her 3-point field goals, and FSU was +10 in her 20:07 of floor time.
Following the Wake Forest road game, the Seminoles continue their four-game stretch on the road by heading to North Carolina (Feb. 4, 6 p.m.) and Miami (Feb. 7, Noon) next week.