TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball has announced both its 2019-20 non-conference slate as well as its nine home ACC opponents for the upcoming season.
In conference play, the Seminoles will play host to nine ACC opponents in Notre Dame, North Carolina, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College. The nine conference teams at the Donald L. Tucker Center is part of the ACC’s new 18-game conference schedule, a format the league previously held in the 2012-13 season.
The rest of the ACC schedule, including road opponents and game times, will be announced later in the summer.
In out-of-conference action, Florida State hosts six opponents in Michigan State (Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 5), St. John’s (Dec. 15), UNF (Dec. 18), Samford (Nov. 17), Jacksonville (Nov. 13) and its season opener vs. Charleston Southern on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
“I’m thrilled that our fans can enjoy an extra ACC home game as part of the league’s new 18-game schedule,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “Our fans will be able to watch an extra game from what is the best basketball conference in the country. Between what we have in store in non-conference and ACC action, the 2019-20 season is shaping up to be an entertaining one.”
Michigan State, which ranked 13th in ESPNW’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, reached the NCAA Second Round last season and expect to challenge atop the Big Ten. FSU’s opponents on the road or at neutral sites include at LSU (Nov. 9), at Illinois-Chicago (Nov. 23), at Florida (Nov. 26), against Texas A&M at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Fort Worth, Texas (Nov. 30) and vs. Michigan at the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase in Uncasville, Conn. (Dec. 22).
Several of Florida State’s non-conference games carry significance: Sophomore Kourtney Weber of New Orleans will be welcomed home at LSU, while senior Nicki Ekhomu (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and redshirt senior Kiah Gillespie (Meriden, Conn.) will have homecoming games at UIC and vs. Michigan in Connecticut, respectively.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season will go on sale beginning Monday, July 15, on Seminoles.com. Fans can also purchase season tickets by calling 1-888-FSU-NOLE.
Semrau has quite a bit to work with for the upcoming season. She is expected to have everyone back from last year’s NCAA Second Round team that was the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament. It would mark the first time in her 23-year head coaching career that she returns every student-athlete from the season before.
Coincidentally, last season was the first time she did not return a single starter from the previous year, yet guided the Seminoles to a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the ACC.
All-America forward Kiah Gillespie headlines a group of three returning seniors that also include Ekhomu and fellow guard Nausia Woolfolk. Gillespie became FSU’s 19th All-American a season ago when she averaged 16.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and nailed 53 3-pointers. She became the first Seminole to lead her team in points, rebounds and 3-point field goals.
All-ACC Freshman Valencia Myers will help anchor the paint as she matures to her sophomore year. Myers had the fourth-most blocked shots among NCAA freshmen last season, and the most by a Seminole freshman (54) since Jacinta Monroe in 2006-07.
Overall, FSU brings back 11 returnees from last season which includes redshirt junior forward Iho Lopez. The Seminoles are expected to be without the services of guard Izabela Nicoletti due to a knee injury in the off-season.
Three talented freshmen join the Seminoles as well, including McDonald’s All-Americans Sammie Puisis (G/F, Mason, Ohio) and River Baldwin (C, Andalusia, Ala.) along with versatile post player London Clarkson (Pflugerville, Texas). Redshirt sophomore guard Bianca Jackson, a transfer from South Carolina, will sit out the season due to transfer rules.