February 17, 2016 - by
Tenth-Ranked #FSUWBB Faces Syracuse in Top-Tier ACC Matchup

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Two teams with a combined win streak of 17 consecutive games face off in frigid Central New York as No. 10 Florida State (21-4, 11-1) heads on the road against No. 23 Syracuse (20-6, 10-3) on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on the ACC’s regional sports networks.

For fans in Florida, FSU’s game vs. the Orange can be seen on FOX Sports Florida for those living in North and Central Florida and FOX Sports Sun. Play-by-play will be handled by Tom Werme while color analysis is provided by Debbie Antonelli. FSU radio play-by-play man Jonathan Schillace will call the action on WQTL 106.1 FM and Melissa Bruner will be the color analyst.

The Seminoles enter Thursday night’s important matchup having won 11 consecutive games, all in ACC play. The 11 straight wins are a program record for ACC victories, but stand one win shy of tying the school’s overall win streak record of 12. That streak occurred from Nov. 19, 2004-Dec. 28, 2004.



FSU is 2-0 all-time against Syracuse, facing the Orange only as ACC opponents. In the school’s first-ever trip to the Carrier Dome on Feb. 13, 2014, former All-American Natasha Howard powered FSU with a school-record 40 points in an 83-59 victory.

In last year’s 62-52 win over then-No. 23 Syracuse, current junior forward Ivey Slaughter was the difference. The Macon, Ga., native recorded a career-best 22 points and added seven rebounds. Center Adut Bulgak had 10 points and 16 rebounds as FSU held the Orange to just 29.9 percent from the floor.

The Seminoles are looking for their second AP Top 25 win of the season after defeating then-No. 16 Miami on the road, 69-58, on Jan. 24. FSU has won seven of its last 12 games against AP Top 25 opponents, and head coach Sue Semrau owns 30 Top 25 wins since she started coaching at FSU in the 1997-98 season.

Florida State is currently third in the ACC standings while Syracuse is 1 1/2 games out at fourth. Thursday’s matchup is a battle between the top rebounding offense in the ACC (Syracuse with 42.3 rebounds per game) and the league’s top rebounding defense (Florida State allowing just 27.4 rebounds by opponents).

Florida State is coming off a 94-63 win over North Carolina last Sunday that featured six student-athletes scoring in double figures. It was the 14th time in program history that the Seminoles have recorded six double-figure scorers, and the first time since Nov. 17, 2013, vs. Prairie View A&M.

Against ACC opponents, FSU has held a strong edge in the specialty statistics. Included is its average of 15.7 second-chance points while holding league teams to just 8.1 second-chance points. FSU outscored UNC last game 20-3.

Sophomore All-America candidate Shakayla Thomas leads FSU with 179 made field goals. That number is already the third-most by a Seminole in the last 10 seasons, trailing only Natasha Howard (266) in 2014 and Brittany Miller (184) in 2007.

The Seminoles have been a dominant team in the second half this season, especially over their last seven games. In that time span FSU is outscoring opponents by +14.6 in the second half, with an average score of 43.4-28.9.

Following FSU’s game vs. Syracuse, the Seminoles have a big home matchup in the annual ‘Paint it Pink’ game on Monday night vs. No. 2 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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