February 17, 2017 - by
Women’s Hoops Hosts Clemson on Saturday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 4/7 Florida State Women’s Basketball team plays host to Clemson on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The matchup will be live streamed on the ACC network Extra as well as heard via audio on WQTL 106.1 FM and through the free Seminole Gameday App.

A pre-game clinic will be held with several of FSU’s Women’s Athletics teams, including women’s golf, volleyball, cheer, Golden Girls and the women’s basketball staff. The event is being held to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Participants must be in eighth grade or below, and the clinic begins at 12:45 p.m.

The Seminoles (23-4, 11-2) carry a 15-game win streak versus Saturday opponent Clemson (14-13, 3-11) as both teams face off on a rare Saturday afternoon matchup. FSU has not lost a game to the Tigers since March 1, 2008, in Tallahassee.

A win by Florida State on Saturday would get the Seminoles closer to a third-straight double bye in the ACC Tournament held March 1-5 in Conway, S.C. In each of the last two ACC Tournaments in 2014 and 2015, only FSU, Notre Dame and Louisville have secured Top-4 seeds.

In the first meeting between the Seminoles and Clemson this season on Jan. 15, FSU’s 59-point margin of victory (86-27) was its largest ever in an ACC game and the seventh-largest in program history. Junior center Ama Degbeon scored a career-high 13 points in the contest.


Senior guard Brittany Brown enters Saturday’s game with 297 career steals, already holding the all-time record at FSU. Brown, who has the fourth-most steals among active players, is three steals away from becoming just the 19th ACC player ever to record 300 steals.

Florida State is participating in its third game this week after playing No. 8 Texas on Monday (lost 92-88 in double overtime) and being on the road at Virginia on Thursday (lost 60-51). FSU plays Clemson on just a two-day turnaround, the first time it has done that in an ACC regular season game since defeating Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at home on Jan. 25, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2013, respectively.

Florida State is expected to be without the services of junior forward Shakayla Thomas on Saturday vs. Clemson. With 2:27 left in the third period at Virginia on Thursday, Thomas left the game with a shoulder injury. The Sylacauga, Ala., native and All-America candidate is the only ACC player averaging 15+ points (15.5) while shooting 55 percent or better (55.3) in ACC play.

The Seminoles are seeking their 12th ACC win of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Tigers. Since the 2014-15 season, FSU holds a 38-7 (84.4 win percentage) record in the ACC regular season. Only Notre Dame (43-2) has a better record in the conference over that three-year stretch.

FSU concludes its regular-season home schedule with a game against Pittsburgh on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. FSU’s five seniors will be honored prior to the game.

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