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:
Another important ACC matchup takes place on Thursday night as Florida State (16-4, 5-2) and Virginia (14-4, 3-4) meet for the 57th time. The Seminoles have not made the trip to Charlottesville since earning a nail-biting 63-61 win at John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 3, 2019.
Called one of the “best stories” in college basketball recently by ESPN’s Charlie Creme, Florida State is tied for third place in the ACC standings after being picked to finish ninth in the league’s predicted order of finish. FSU’s current standing at six spots higher than its predicted finish is only matched by Duke, which is first in the ACC (6-0) and was pegged at seventh by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
A win by the Seminoles on Thursday would already match last year’s win total when FSU finished 17-14. FSU made the NCAA Women’s First Four last season, where it faced fellow No. 11 seed Missouri State that was coached by current Virginia Head Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton.
Freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson made history this past week by earning her ninth ACC Rookie of the Week award. Her latest honor ties her for the most in conference history with Wake Forest’s Tracy Connor (1992-93) and Duke’s Elizabeth Williams (2011-12).
Senior guard Sara Bejedi has been playing some of the best basketball of her career. She has recorded three consecutive 20-point games at Boston College (26 points), vs. NC State (21 points) and vs. Louisville (25 points). In that strech she has averaged 24.0 points, shot 21-of-40 (52.5 percent) overall, 10-of-20 (50 percent) from downtown and 20-of-24 from the free throw line.
A win over Virginia would mark the 12th time FSU has won at least six of its first eight games in conference play since joining the ACC in 1991-92. FSU last did it in the 2018-19 season when it started 6-2 in ACC play.
The Seminoles are 5-1 in road games this season, owning wins at Kent State, Houston, Wisconsin, No. 13 UNC and Georgia Tech.
Ta’Niya Latson owns 486 points this season. She could cross the 500-point mark in her 21st game, which would be the fastest in a single season at FSU. The current fastest mark to 500 points is 24 games held by both Sue Galkantas in both 1980-81 and 1981-82 and Bev Burnett (1987-88).
Florida State is defeating opponents by an average of +18.5, which ranks fourth in the ACC.
Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff helped FSU break a 20-game losing streak vs. Virginia on Jan. 24, 2001, by chipping in with eight points and a late basket to give FSU a 57-56 lead with 1:35 left. Wyckoff was an All-America forward for the Seminoles (1997-01) who has her jersey retired.
FSU has showcased an explosive offense this season. It is averaging 108.7 points scored per 100 possessions, one of the highest offensive ratings in the country.
Virginia enters Thursday ranked 39th in the NET while FSU is 19th. FSU is averaging 80.9 points in its seven games vs. current NET Top 50 opponents. Those include wins over Purdue, Miami, UNC and NC State.
In all 20 games this season, the Seminoles have scored above 70 points.
In ACC play, Sara Bejedi ranks in the Top 10 in the league in scoring (10th; 14.6 points) and free throw percentage (ninth: 83.8 percent).
Ta’Niya Latson is averaging 24.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, is shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 40 percent from deep in road games this season.
Florida State is one of eight current programs to make the Big Dance each of the last nine post-seasons, joining Baylor, Louisville, Maryland, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee and UConn.