TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball team hopes to build off its impressive opening-day victory when it hosts North Florida on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The matchup between Sunshine State schools will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra, and can be heard on Seminoles.com or locally on WQTL 106.1 FM.
The Seminoles lead the all-time series 8-0, which includes a 109-51 win over the Ospreys last year on Nov. 10, 2017. Junior guard Nicki Ekhomu posted her previous career high of 20 points vs. the Ospreys, which was surpassed earlier this week when she dropped 31 in a 103-67 win over Troy.
The Bolingbrook, Ill., native also had career bests in free throws made (12) and attempted (14) in FSU’s season opener.
The Seminoles have enjoyed a long period of success against Sunshine State opponents. Over their last 38 games vs. Florida-based opponents, FSU is 34-4. Last season, FSU finished 7-0 against Florida schools.
The matchup between FSU and UNF marks the sixth straight year the two Florida schools have faced off, with the stretch beginning in 2013. The first-ever meeting occurred on Nov. 11, 2007, when the Seminoles earned a 75-48 win at home.
Freshman forward Valencia Myers had a strong debut for FSU last game against Troy. The McDonald’s All-American picked up her first double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds while adding five blocked shots. She is the first FSU freshman to record a double-double in a season opener since Ivey Slaughter had 12 points and 11 rebounds as a freshman vs. UNC Greensboro on Nov. 8, 2013.
Redshirt junior Kiah Gillespie’s 22 points scored in her Seminole debut are her most as a collegiate athlete, eclipsing the 19 she scored at Maryland against High Point on Nov. 18, 2015 (her second game played). Her 12 boards are one shy of the 13 she ripped down against UMBC on Dec. 4, 2016.
The Ospreys return two starters and six letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 13-18 in 2017-18. North Florida returns their third and fourth leading scorers from 2017-18: Tiffany Tolbert (9.4 ppg) and Adrienne Jackson (7.5 ppg).
After Friday’s game, FSU resumes play at the Tucker Center with the annual Fresh From Florida Sunshine Showdown against the Gators on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m.