TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The highly anticipated 2019-20 Florida State Women’s Basketball season now has a complete schedule. The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the upcoming slate, with the Seminoles hosting nine exciting ACC matchups at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Punctuating the new 18-game conference schedule will be a regular-season finale against Notre Dame on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. on either ESPN2 or the ACC Network. The last time the Fighting Irish visited Tallahassee in 2018, FSU drew a program-record 9,498 fans at the Tucker Center.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am for this season,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “We’re asking FSU fans to GET IN and be part of this special season. Our league will once again include some of the best teams in the country, and our home schedule will provide some of the best matchups a basketball fan can ask for.”
Rivals Miami (Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., ACC Network) and North Carolina (Sunday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m., ACC Network Extra) are also on the home schedule. While Notre Dame is pegged with a No. 20 ranking in the ESPNW preseason poll, Miami enters at 22nd.
Florida State’s ACC home opener happens on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. against Virginia Tech on the league’s regional sports networks. The home season follows with a matchup vs. Georgia Tech on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Also included in chronological order as part of the home slate are Boston College (Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., ACC Network Extra), Virginia (Sunday, Feb. 9, Noon, ACC Network Extra), Wake Forest (Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., ACC Network) and Clemson (Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., RSN).
Overall, Florida State’s 29-game slate for the 2019-20 season includes nearly every matchup being televised. In ACC play, FSU’s 18-game schedule features four games on regional sports networks, six games on the new ACC Network, two possible games on ESPN2 (flex package) and six on ACC Network Extra.
As part of the conference play schedule, FSU’s ACC opener will be on the road at Clemson on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Noon on the league’s regional sports networks. With the new 18-game conference schedule jamming up slots in the New Year, the Seminoles needed to play an ACC game in early December.
Florida State has garnered preseason ranks hovering around the Top 10, with ESPNW and Lindy’s each giving the Seminoles a No. 11 ranking. Athlon ranks FSU 14th while Street & Smith’s has FSU at 18th.
Redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie has also been earning the preseason praise. She is a preseason second-team All-American according to Lindy’s and Athlon, and earned third-team honors from Street & Smith’s.
A special season could be on the horizon for Florida State as it returns every player from last year’s group that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Combine the experience with the additions of three highly-touted freshmen in center River Baldwin, guard/forward Sammie Puisis and forward/center London Clarkson, and the expectations are certainly raised.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now on Seminoles.com, or can be purchased by calling the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.