February 3, 2018 - by

Women’s Hoops Looks to Bounce Back at Pittsburgh


Tallahassee, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 10/11 Florida State looks for a bounce-back effort when it travels to face league opponent Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The game will be aired on the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks, which includes FOX Sports Florida.

Redshirt senior guard Imani Wright continues to aim for the FSU record books when it comes to 3-point marksmanship. She needs two 3-point field goals to become the single-season record holder at FSU, looking to surpass Courtney Ward’s 78 3s from the 2010-11 season. Wright currently has 77 3-point makes, tied for second in a season at FSU.

Florida State owns a 4-0 all-time record against Pittsburgh, which includes an average margin of victory of +19 per game in the last three meetings. Senior forward Shakayla Thomas, who did not play in last year’s meeting due to a shoulder injury, is averaging 12.5 points, 7.5 and shooting 60 percent (12-20) in two meetings with Pittsburgh.

Each game moving forward for the Seminoles is crucial in ACC play. With a 6-3 conference record, FSU is sixth in the conference and two games behind both first-place Louisville (9-1) and Notre Dame (9-1). FSU has not garnered more than three losses in ACC play since the 2013-14 season, going 14-2 in 2014-15, 13-3 in 2015-16 and 13-3 last season.

Wright has led the Seminoles in scoring in three of the last four games, starting with a 31-point outing at Wake Forest (1/18), a 23-point effort vs. Notre Dame (1/28) and last game at NC State (13 points on 2/1).

Following Sunday’s game, FSU returns home to Tallahassee for a crucial league matchup against top-tier opponent Virginia (8-2 in the ACC). The game is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center and is National Girls and Women in Sports Day – where there will be free admission to youth 18 and under.

• Florida State Women’s Basketball enters Sunday’s game being selected as a No. 8 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to the committee’s latest projection on Feb. 1. Bolstered by its 50-49 win on the road at No. 2 Louisville, FSU moved up from an 11 overall seed to an eight.
• Only four teams in the country boast a Top 10 RPI and Strength of Schedule: Florida State (7 RPI, 8 SOS), Connecticut, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
• The turnover battle is always big for the Seminoles: FSU is 16-0 this season when it commits less turnovers than its opponent.
• Shakayla Thomas is one rebound shy of 713 for her career, which would place her in the Top 10 in program history with Chantelle Dishman (1990-93).
• Senior center Ama Degbeon ranks in the Top 5 in ACC play in offensive rebounds (3.9 – T1st) and rebounds per game (8.3 – 5th).

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