TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Women’s Basketball prepares for its 15th ACC/Big Ten Challenge when it faces Wisconsin on the road on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT.
TV: The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup can be streamed on Big Ten+, which is available to Big Ten Network subscribers.
Radio: The matchup can be heard locally on 96.5 FM and 1270 AM, and can be accessed anywhere on Seminoles Leanplayer.
In-game updates: Fans can follow on the FSU Women’s Basketball Twitter Account (@fsuwbb)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Florida State Women’s Basketball looks to move to 13-2 overall in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Its 12-2 overall mark (.857) is the best among current ACC programs.
The Seminoles own nine consecutive wins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the longest active win streak of any school from either conference. The win streak began with an 83-69 victory over Iowa in 2012. In that time span, the Seminoles own challenge wins over Michigan State twice, Purdue, Rutgers, Minnesota, Iowa twice, Penn State and Illinois.
Thursday’s matchup at Wisconsin marks a homecoming for FSU redshirt senior forward Erin Howard. She is a Madison, Wis., native who played her high school basketball at Madison East High where she averaged 17.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a senior. Howard has made 28 consecutive starts for the Seminoles dating back to last season. Her father, James Howard, played one season of basketball at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin marks the second Big Ten opponent for the Seminoles in the last three games. At last week’s Cancun Challenge, FSU defeated Purdue, 76-75, on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
Freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson earned ACC Rookie of the Week for the third straight week. The Miami, Fla., native averaged 20.3 points in games against Oklahoma State, Purdue and Harvard at the Cancun Challenge. She took home tournament MVP honors.
Between the two conferences, only Maryland has a better record than Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. While FSU is 12-2 overall, Maryland is 13-1 (7-0 in the ACC, 6-1 in the Big Ten).
The Seminoles play their second game ever in the state of Wisconsin. Their first appearance was on Dec. 20, 2018, when they defeated Milwaukee on the road, 87-62.
Over its three games in Cancun, FSU combined to shoot 45 percent (94-of-209) from the floor.
Legendary FSU Head Coach Sue Semrau, who preceded and mentored current head coach Brooke Wyckoff, was once an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1994-97.
Sophomore forward Makayla Timpson has been on a strong run in FSU’s last five games, averaging 14.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots and 59.6 percent (31-of-52) from the floor.
Graduate guard Jazmine Massengill’s 2.8 assist/turnover ratio ranks 23rd nationally.
Florida State’s 6.9 blocked shots per game rank first in the ACC and fourth in the country.
Freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson’s 195 total points lead the country this season, while her 72 made field goals rank second nationally.
The Seminoles are averaging 45.8 points per game in the paint this season. At the Cancun Challenge, FSU combined to out-score Oklahoma State, Purdue and Harvard 124-76 in the paint.
With the nation’s 13th-ranked scoring offense at 85.0 points per game, Florida State is off to one of its best scoring starts in recent memory. FSU has scored at least 75 points in all eight games played.
Erin Howard is the first player from the state of Wisconsin to play women’s basketball at FSU.
Timpson is fifth in the nation with 20 total blocked shots this season – a number that also ranks first in the ACC. In six of her eight games played, Timpson has registered two or more blocks.