January 22, 2022 - by

Women’s Hoops Hosts Clemson on Sunday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball faces Clemson for the second time in a five-day span on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will air on several of the ACC’s regional sports networks, including Bally Sports Florida.

Sunday’s matchup between the Seminoles (8-8, 2-4) and Tigers (7-11, 1-6) is a rescheduled game stemming from FSU’s previous postponement vs. Clemson on Jan. 6. The teams will meet for the 62nd time in series history.

The Seminoles shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) in their 79-68 win at Clemson on Tuesday, marking their fourth game this season shooting 50 percent or better. Trailing 36-35 at the half, FSU used an 11-0 run in the third quarter and out-scored the Tigers 26-10 in the frame to help put the game out of reach.

In 20:27 played at Clemson on Tuesday, junior point guard Sara Bejedi drew six fouls and committed just one turnover.

Junior guard Sammie Puisis has performed well against Clemson in her five-game career. As a freshman on Dec. 8, 2019, she made five 3-point field goals and scored 17 points vs. the Tigers, and added a career-high 18 points in Clemson’s last visit to the Tucker Center on Jan. 21, 2021, which was a double-overtime thriller won by the Seminoles, 95-88.

Junior center River Baldwin’s career highs in rebounds (10), assists (3) and blocked shots (6) have all come against Clemson.

Clemson’s last visit to the Tucker Center included a memorable performance by current senior guard Morgan Jones, who set an ACC high last season for points in a single game when she dropped a career-best 36 vs. the Tigers. The performance was tied for the sixth-most in a game by a Seminole, and it was the most since current WNBA standout Natasha Howard had a school-record 40 at Syracuse on Feb. 13, 2014.

Sunday’s game vs. Clemson will mark the 100th game played by Jones. In her career, Jones is shooting 51.2 percent (325-of-635). She is looking to become the 22nd Seminole to finish her career shooting 50 percent or better from the floor (minimum two years played).

Florida State is looking to creep back to .500 in the ACC and finish the conference slate with another winning record. In FSU’s previous seven seasons (since the 2014-15 season), it has owned a winning record in ACC play in each of those years.

The latest NET rankings show Florida State at 58th while Clemson is at 121. The Seminoles are 7-0 this season against opponents who currently have a NET rank outside the Top 100.

Florida State ranks fourth in the ACC averaging 71.0 points in conference play. The Seminoles are one of just five teams in the conference averaging 70 points or more vs. ACC schools. They join NC State (77.0), Notre Dame (75.3), Boston College (71.1) and Virginia Tech (70.0).

Next week, Florida State faces No. 3 Louisville on the road on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. on the ACC Network. FSU then hosts Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 30, at Noon on Bally Sports.

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