TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – The Seminoles (7-1) play their first true road game of the season on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they travel to Macon, Ga., to play the Mercer Bears (4-4) in a key non-conference matchup. The game serves as a homecoming for junior guard Nausia Woolfolk, who is from about 35 minutes south of Macon in Fort Valley, Ga.
Wednesday’s game will air on ESPN+, the new streaming service introduced by ESPN this past summer. Subscription costs are associated with the service.
Woolfolk, who honed her skills at Peach County High School, had the opportunity to play in Macon when FSU last visited Mercer on Dec. 21, 2016, in an 83-40 win. Woolfolk added three points and three rebounds in 18 minutes that game, which served as a true homecoming for Seminole alumna and Macon, Ga., native Ivey Slaughter.
Mercer leads FSU in the all-time series, 8-7, but FSU has won the last seven games in the series dating back to Jan. 14, 1984.
Florida State is coming off perhaps its sharpest performance of the season in an 87-58 drubbing of Penn State at home in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29. The Seminoles collected season highs in shooting percentage (50.7 percent), field goals made (35), assists (21) and also assisted on 60 percent of its made field goals (second-highest this season behind 61.2 assist percentage in 74-53 win over UNF).
Freshman forward Valencia Myers’ 14 rebounds recorded against Penn State last game are the most by an FSU freshman since Slaughter totaled 14 boards at Pittsburgh on Jan. 2, 2014. Myers and Wake Forest’s Ona Udoh are in the Top four in the ACC in both rebounding (Myers is T4th at 9.1) and blocked shots (Myers is T2nd at 1.9).
Since the 2011-12 season, Florida State is 41-5 in the month of December. The Seminoles have won 13 of their last 14 games in December. Florida State has mostly won its games in collective fashion this season. Its highest-ranking individual stat on a national level is redshirt junior Kiah Gillespie being 24th in the country with
58 made field goals.
FSU ranks third in the ACC in scoring defense, allowing just 56.2 points per game through eight games played. Five of FSU’s first eight opponents have shot 35 percent or less, and no opponent has scored more than 67 points.
Following FSU’s game at Mercer, it will return to the road with a Sunday matchup at St. John’s at 2 p.m. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.