TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball Team looks to keep its momentum going when it travels to face BIG EAST opponent St. John’s on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena. The game will be live streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Florida State leads the all-time series 2-0, with the two teams facing each for the first time since the Seminoles (8-1) ended St. John’s (6-2) season in 2010 when they won a close NCAA Second Round matchup in Tallahassee, 66-65, in overtime (3/22/10).
Florida State’s first-year assistant coach Joy McCorvey is a notable alumna of St. John’s, playing for the Red Storm from 2006-10. McCorvey is one of just four players in St. John’s history to have 700+ points and rebounds, and was a three-time
BIG EAST All-Academic selection.
McCorvey graduated from St. John’s with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Education in 2010, and was an assistant coach at her alma mater in the 2011-12 season.
New York City has been kind to the Seminoles through the years. Sunday’s game marks FSU’s seventh game played in the area, holding a 6-0 record with wins over Fordham (3-0), LIU-Brooklyn (1-0), Sam Houston State (1-0 in Brooklyn) and St. Francis (1-0 in Brooklyn).
FSU’s last visit was when it won the LIU Turkey Classic on Nov. 27-28, 2015, with wins over LIU-Brooklyn (78-42) and Sam Houston State (94-37).
Junior guard Nicki Ekhomu led the Seminoles to a 57-56 nail-biting win last game at Mercer on Wednesday. Aside from scoring a game-high 27 points, Ekhomu totaled 18 second-half points and 11 in the fourth quarter. A 7-0 run by herself gave FSU a 55-52 lead with 3:12 left, and her mid-range jumper with two minutes left proved to be the winning basket at 57-56. She scored FSU’s last nine points in the contest.
After trailing Mercer 34-26 at the half in its last game, FSU locked down and out-scored the Bears, 31-22, in the second half while holding the Bears to just 5-of-18 shooting (27.8 percent) in the game’s final 20 minutes.
The defensive-minded Red Storm pose a strong challenge to the Seminoles. St. John’s is allowing just 53.8 points per game, with opponents shooting just 39.8 percent from the floor. The Red Storm own quality wins over Purdue (68-62) and Ole Miss (64-59), and only lost to Top-ranked UConn by 10 (55-65) on Nov. 23.
St. John’s is a balanced scoring bunch. Sophomore guard Qadashah Hoppie leads the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game, followed by senior forward Akina Wellere (10.0 ppg), junior guard Alisa Kebbe (9.9) and redshirt sophomore guard Tiana England (9.9).
Florida State will get nearly a week off before its next game on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. vs. Creighton at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Next week is Final Exam Week for Florida State University.