January 15, 2020 - by

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The 13th-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team prepares for a tough matchup at No. 9 NC State in a key ACC battle that takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum on the ACC Network.

Florida State has the tall task of trying to improve its record to 5-0 against AP Top 25 teams. FSU owns a road win at No. 23 Miami, two neutral site wins vs. No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 24 Michigan and a home win over 19th-ranked Michigan State this season.

The Seminoles (15-2, 4-2) are one of the top offensive teams in the nation through the midway point of the regular season. Florida State is first in the ACC in scoring offense (77.24 ppg) and field goal percentage (47.3 percent), 12th nationally in scoring offense and 13th nationally in offensive points per possession (1.059 pts/possession).

Florida State and NC State have both been dominant through most of the season. The Wolfpack (15-1, 4-1) lead the conference in scoring margin (+20.13) while FSU is second at +17.82. In ACC play, FSU’s scoring margin has shrunk to +8.33, while NC State’s is +14.60 (second-most in the ACC behind Louisville’s +18.80 scoring margin).

Florida State and NC State own the top two shooting performances in conference play. Last Sunday, FSU shot an ACC-best 56.9 percent in its 78-64 win over North Carolina. NC State shot 56.7 percent in its 90-56 win at Notre Dame.

A win over the Wolfpack would be the 18th AP Top 10 win for the Seminoles in their program history. Head Coach Sue Semrau owns 16 of the school’s 17 AP Top 10 wins, and FSU has garnered at least one Top 10 win in each of the last four seasons (includes this year’s 80-58 win vs. No. 6 Texas A&M).

FSU’s last AP Top 10 win in a true road game came on Jan. 21, 2018, when it defeated No. 2 Louisville 50-49.

NC State leads Florida State 30-16 in the all-time series that dates back to Jan. 19, 1992. Florida State last won in the Reynolds Coliseum in an 82-74 victory on Jan. 20, 2013. FSU did defeat NC State in Raleigh by a 56-52 margin on Feb. 25, 2016, but that game was played at Holliday Gymnasium due to renovations at Reynolds Coliseum.

In ACC play, Nausia Woolfolk (ninth – 15.71) and Kiah Gillespie (10th – 15.12) are the only teammates ranked in the Top 10 in the league in scoring. In FSU’s four games this season vs. AP Top 25 opponents, Gillespie has averaged 20.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and shot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the floor and 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from 3-point range. Included in this is her triple-double (14 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) vs. No. 24 Michigan on Dec. 22.

The Seminoles will enjoy their bye weekend coming up before returning to the road with a game at Wake Forest on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.

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