LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball faces a big road test on Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 as it battles No. 2 Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center.
“We’re excited,” FSU Interim Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said. “Just to be able to go up there, play some basketball and play against a great team like them in their place will be a great experience for us. It will be a really great challenge, and I think our players are really excited and hungry and ready to get out on the floor.”
The Seminoles (4-1, 3-1) last played on Dec. 31 in a 73-63 win at Virginia Tech. Wyckoff looks to lead Florida State Women’s Basketball to its sixth 4-1 start in ACC play in the last seven years. A win on Sunday would be FSU’s first 4-1 start to conference play since the 2018-19 season.
Florida State’s last two Top 5-ranked wins have come against Louisville, with each occurring last season. FSU defeated fourth-ranked Louisville, 62-60, in the ACC Tournament semifinals in 2020, and also won in its last trip to Louisville, defeating No. 5 UofL, 67-59, on Feb. 6, 2020.
Morgan Jones was an enormous defensive presence in both those games, holding ACC Player of the Year Dana Evans in check in last year’s road win and playing strong on-ball defense against her on Louisville’s last-second attempt in the ACC Semifinals.
Junior guard Kourtney Weber is off to an outstanding start this season. The native of New Orleans, La., is averaging 16.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and shooting 61.8 percent (21-of-34) from the floor in ACC play. She is also drilling 53.8 percent from deep (7-of-13) and 94.7 percent from the free throw line (18-of-19).
Overall, Weber has started the year as a near 60/50/95 player (59.1% shooting, 50% from 3, 95.5% from the line).
In two road games played this season at Clemson and Virginia Tech, Weber is averaging 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and is shooting 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from the floor.
The Cardinals (11-0, 4-0) are once again led by Evans, a senior guard who is averaging 20.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Evans went 9-of-16 from the floor and totaled 24 points in UofL’s 89-70 win over Boston College on Thursday. Louisville’s other ACC wins include Duke (73-49), Virginia Tech (71-67) and Clemson (70-45).
Despite not having any active preseason All-ACC members (newcomer watch list member Tiana England has not yet played), Florida State remains in the upper echelon of the ACC with a 3-1 conference record.
The Seminoles are in sole possession of third place in the conference, behind only No. 3 NC State (5-0) and No. 2 Louisville (4-0). FSU was predicted eighth in the ACC predicted order of finish by the head coaches and sixth by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
The Seminoles are aiming for their 11th AP-Top 5 win in program history. Four of FSU’s 10 AP-Top 5 wins have come vs. Louisville, including in their last two trips to the KFC Yum! Center in 2020 (#5 UofL) and 2018 (W, 50-49, vs. #2 UofL). FSU also defeated No. 4 Louisville at home (68-63) on Jan. 22, 2015.
In each of the previous six seasons (since 2014-15), only Florida State and Louisville have amassed double-digit ACC wins. The two programs are also the only ACC schools to finish each season in the AP Top 25 over the last six years.
FSU has made 21 consecutive free throws entering Sunday’s game, going 21-of-22 on Dec. 31 in what was its last game at Virginia Tech. Since that game, the Seminoles have had three consecutive games postponed followed by a late switch from a home game vs. Clemson to Sunday’s road game at Louisville.