TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team looks to head home for the holidays on a positive note when it travels to play Milwaukee on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST at the Klotsche Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
The matchup between the Seminoles (10-1) and Panthers (5-5) is FSU’s final game before Christmas. FSU has won five of its last six games when heading into the holiday break (5-1 since 2012), and looks to continue that momentum Thursday night. The game will air on ESPN+ and can be heard on 106.1 FM locally or via the Seminoles.com leanplayer.
Junior guard Nicki Ekhomu (Bolingbrook, Illinois) is expected to have plenty of friends and family in the crowd. Ekhomu is coming off a strong 24-point game in FSU’s 71-52 win over Creighton. Ekhomu has scoring performances of 31, 27 and 24 points this season, surpassing her previous career high of 20 entering the season.
Our sixth-ranked freshmen class has a chance to be real special. The impact that all 5️⃣ can have is limitless #FSUWBB
— FSU Women’s Hoops (@fsuwbb) December 18, 2018
Despite owning some big scoring performances, Ekhomu ranks third in the ACC in assist percentage (30.8 percent) and ranks eighth in the league in assists per game (4.0).
Milwaukee is one of four Wisconsin-based opponents Florida State has faced. FSU has also played Wisconsin (1-0), Green Bay (0-2) and Marquette (1-0) in its 47 seasons as a program. The last meeting between FSU and Milwaukee resulted in a 72-70 win by the Seminoles on Nov. 29, 2003, at the Seminole Classic in Tallahassee.
Seminole Alumna Shante Williams, FSU’s first McDonald’s All-American in 2003, won that game on a jumper with 25 seconds left.
Redshirt junior forward Kiah Gillespie leads the Seminoles with 17.3 points per game, and has recorded double-figure scoring performances in 10 of her 11 games played. Gillespie’s four double-doubles lead the Seminoles, as she is just three away from already cracking the Top 25 single-season double-double mark at FSU (7 by 7 players).
Gillespie’s 78 field goals made tie for 16th nationally and third in the ACC. The Meriden, Conn., native owns 26.8 percent of FSU’s made field goals this year, ranking second in the ACC behind only Duke’s Leaonna Odom (27.8 percent).
Prior to becoming FSU’s head coach in 1997, Sue Semrau spent three successful seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin (1994-97) under Jane Albright. Semrau helped the Badgers to their first-ever back-to-back 20-win seasons and two NCAA berths.
Following the holiday break, FSU returns home for its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. The Seminoles host Georgia State on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.