TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown tips off on Wednesday, Nov. 16, as Florida State Women’s Basketball hosts rival Florida at the Donald L. Tucker Center at 6 p.m.
TV: Wednesday’s game will air on ACC Network Extra.
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).
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day (All FSU faculty and staff can claim their two complimentary tickets in advance at the Doak Campbell Stadium Ticket Office Monday thru Wednesday from 10am-4pm, and on gameday at the Tucker Center ticket window starting at 5pm).
Bring a canned good to donate to Food For Thought Pantry.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The 84th meeting between the Florida State Seminoles (3-0) and the Florida Gators (2-0) happens on Wednesday in the Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown at 6 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida leads the all-time series against the Seminoles, 45-38, but FSU has won eight of the past 10 matchups dating back to 2012. FSU has defeated UF in each of the last six meetings in Tallahassee, with the streak beginning with a 74-72 win on Dec. 28, 2010.
Wednesday’s big game tips off three different visits from the Florida Gators over the next nine days in Tallahassee. Florida State Men’s Basketball hosts UF this Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Tucker Center, and the Seminoles and Gators battle it out on the gridiron in a primetime matchup at Doak Campbell Stadium on Friday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.
Both teams are guided by head coaches who excelled in their interim roles and earned their current head coaching tags. Florida Head Coach Kelly Rae Finley led the Gators to their most successful season since 2016 in 2021-22, guiding UF to a 21-11 overall record and defeating five ranked opponents. FSU head coach Brooke Wyckoff was the Interim Head Coach in the 2020-21 COVID-19 season and led a Seminoles squad predicted eighth in the ACC Preseason Coaches Poll to a fourth-place finish and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Wednesday’s rivalry matchup will mark the 17th time head coach Brooke Wyckoff has faced the Gators either as a student-athlete at FSU (five times) or as a member of the coaching staff (11 times). Wyckoff’s first win when she was the Interim Head Coach came against Florida on Dec. 1, 2020, in an 81-75 victory in Tallahassee.
Freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson was recognized as the ACC’s Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week on Tuesday. Latson led the conference averaging 27.0 points per game over three games last week. Her 34 points she dropped at Kent State is the highest in the league so far this season.
Florida State is 47-9 vs. in-state schools over its last 56 games played.
Graduate guard Taylor O’Brien had a stat-stuffing first week as a Seminole: 16.3 points per game, 46.3 percent (19-of-41) from the field, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.0 assists.
Averaging 8.0 blocks per game, Florida State ranks fifth nationally in the category. Eight of FSU’s 10 student-athletes have recorded at least one blocked shot this season.
Graduate forward Valencia Myers will be facing Florida for the fifth time in her career. The Solon, Ohio, native is 3-1 against the Gators. In her career she is averaging 9.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and shooting 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) against UF.
Ta’Niya Latson and Sara Bejedi are leading the way with aggressive guard play. Both players are tied for 36th nationally with 18 free throw attempts apiece, and each rank 12th with 16 made. Over half (16-of-30) of Bejedi’s points this season have come at the free throw line.
Florida State enters Wednesday’s matchup against the Gators as the ACC’s highest scoring team averaging 89.3 points per game. FSU’s 113 points scored in its season opener vs. Bethune-Cookman is the highest by an ACC team 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.
Through the young season, freshman Ta’Niya Latson has been one of the nation’s best. She ranks in the Top 25 nationally in total points (1st), points per game (8th), free throws made (12th) and total blocks (23rd).
Graduate guard Jazmine Massengill, who played at Tennessee (2018-20) and Kentucky (2020-22), will be facing Florida for the sixth time on Wednesday.