TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Fans can catch their first game views of the No. 18/14 Florida State Women’s Basketball team as it hosts Division II program Columbus State on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The lone exhibition of the season is Fan Day, with free admission for everyone and a chance for fans to pick up the 2017-18 poster. Interested season ticket holders can also see which seats in the reserved section are unsold so they can make a purchase.
— FSU Women’s Hoops (@fsuwbb) November 4, 2017
“As we go into this exhibition game, it’s about where we are as a community of players,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said as she begins her 21st season. “It’s not about any individual, or what the individual did or didn’t do. It’s how will we make each other better?”
Following Florida State’s tune-up, its season opener occurs on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. against UNF. The game will be Military and First Responders Appreciation Night, which includes $3 tickets for military and first responders with a valid ID. Several first responders, Florida Veterans and FSU Student Veterans will be on hand for the first game of the year.
Fans who cannot make the exhibition can follow the game on FSU Women’s Basketball’s official Twitter feed – @fsuwbb. Pre and post-game coverage will also be on the program’s Facebook (/FSUWomensBasketball) and Instagram (@fsu_wbasketball) handles.
• The Florida State Seminoles will soon begin their 46th season of women’s basketball, starting with an exhibition on Sunday afternoon vs. NCAA Division II school Columbus State.
• FSU has garnered Top 25 praise once again, entering the season 18th in the Associated Press Poll and 14th in the USA TODAY Poll. In that USA TODAY Poll, the Seminoles have now been ranked in the Top 15 for 50 straight weeks.
• Florida State was picked fourth in the ACC’s annual predicted order of finish, which is chosen by both the league’s 15 head coaches as well as the Blue Ribbon Panel. In addition, reigning ACC Player of the Year and senior forward Shakayla Thomas was chosen as a pre-season All-ACC first team selection by both groups.
• There is definitely some returning star power for this year’s squad. Last year’s ACC Sixth Player of the Year and senior center Chatrice White (8.9 points, 5.1 rebounds) is back, as well as top long-range threat and redshirt senior guard Imani Wright (68 3-pointers in 2016-17). Senior center Ama Degbeon, sophomore guards Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk and redshirt freshman forward Iho Lopez also return.
• Fans will enjoy watching the play of two-time All-Big 12 player AJ Alix, a graduate transfer from TCU who will handle the point-guard duties this season. Alix is known as a highly efficient guard, averaging 9.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and shot nearly 40 percent (39.3) from 3-point range with the Horned Frogs.
• A naturally-occurring tight rotation will be the norm this year for FSU: The Seminoles have nine active student-athletes, as talented redshirt sophomore Kiah Gillespie (Maryland) sits out the year due to NCAA transfer rules. Freshman guard Sayawni “Say Say” Lassiter is out with a season-ending knee injury.
• Another new face to know is freshman guard Savannah Wilkinson, an international standout guard who has experience playing on the Great Britain Senior Women’s National Team. Wilkinson is a taller guard at 5-foot-11 who is considered the top young player in Great Britain.