January 31, 2020 - by
SEMINOLES TRAVEL TO PITTSBURGH

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 14th-ranked Seminoles (17-4, 6-4) head back on the road to face the Pittsburgh Panthers (4-16, 1-8) in a rare ACC Saturday tip-off at 5 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.

FSU is 6-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, with all six meetings coming as conference opponents following the additions of Pitt and Syracuse in the 2013-14 academic year.

Florida State head coach Sue Semrau and her once long-time assistant Lance White face off for the second time ever. During his 15-year run with the Seminoles, White helped the program attain 12 20-win seasons, reach five NCAA Sweet 16s and three Elite Eights (2010, 2015 and 2017). In last year’s meeting in Tallahassee, FSU won 78-46.

Also on the Pitt bench is former Seminole sharp-shooter Imani Wright, who is the Panthers’ Assistant Director of Operations. Wright had just two playing seasons with FSU from 2016-18 after transferring from Baylor, but she lit it up with an astounding 171 3-point field goals in 67 career games.

As a redshirt senior in 2017-18, Wright was an AP and WBCA All-American who obliterated the school single-season record with 103 3-point field goals made. The previous mark was 78.

Current Seminoles Sayawni Lassiter, Nicki Ekhomu, Nausia Woolfolk, Savannah Wilkinson and Kiah Gillespie were all teammates with Imani Wright. Gillespie and Wright took similar paths at FSU, having to play on the scout team in their first years as transfers, then producing All-America careers with the Noles.

Gillespie, a Wooden Award Top 25 Midseason candidate, recorded one of her 21 career double-doubles against the Panthers last year when she led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

In five ACC road games this season, Gillespie leads the Seminoles in scoring with 20.2 points per game.

Woolfolk, who is day-to-day with an ankle injury, is tied for fourth in the conference with seven 20-point games. Two of those 20-point performances have come in ACC play vs. Virginia Tech (21) and North Carolina (21).

Following last game vs. Boston College, Ekhomu’s six assists moved her past Seminole Alumna Holly Johnson (2002-06) into 11th all-time at FSU with 344. Ekhomu ranks in the Top 15 in program history in assists (11th), free throw percentage (78 percent – 7th) and free throws made (343 – 7th).

In another matchup of FSU ties, Pittsburgh assistant coach Josh Petersen is an FSU graduate who spent all six of his years (four as head manager, two as a Graduate Assistant) with Women’s Basketball from 2008-14. Pitt Director of Operations Ali Hoesly also spent her previous two years at FSU prior to coming to Pitt.

FSU follows its Pitt trip with a road game at No. 5 Louisville on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network.

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