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Women’s Hoops Prepares for Junkanoo Jam

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TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – The Caribbean has been kind to Florida State Women’s Basketball over the years, and the Seminoles hope that trend continues beginning Friday. FSU faces Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m. ET at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.

The matchup will be live streamed on Flohoops.com or can be watched on several mobile devices via the FloSportsTV app. A cost is associated with watching the games at the Junkanoo Jam. All FSU games can also be heard on Seminoles.com or locally on WQTL 106.1 FM.

The winner of FSU’s game vs. Eastern Kentucky will face the winner of No. 12/14 Iowa and No. 25/20 West Virginia at 6:45 p.m. EST on Saturday in the championship game. The losers play at 4:15 p.m. EST.

For the ninth time in program history, Florida State Women’s Basketball heads to the Caribbean for a tournament. The Seminoles (4-1) return to the Bahamas for the second time to play in the Junkanoo Jam, which they won in 2010 by defeating Alabama (68-61) as well as Arizona State (65-55) in the tournament championship.

In what will be their ninth Caribbean tournament played, Florida State will be seeking their sixth Caribbean tournament title. In FSU’s last tournament played on the Islands in 2016, it won the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, defeating Winthrop (98-35), Gonzaga (87-69) and Michigan (76-62). Juniors Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk were freshmen on that team, while Iho Lopez redshirted that season.

Friday’s matchup vs. Eastern Kentucky will be Florida State’s 22nd game played in the Caribbean. The Seminoles are 15-6 all-time in games played in Puerto Rico, Mexico, The Bahamas and The Virgin Islands.

Florida State and Eastern Kentucky meet for the fourth time overall. The last game between the two teams came exactly six years ago on Nov. 23, 2012, in a 90-51 FSU win at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico. Spanish Olympian Leonor Rodriguez led the way with 22 points and went 8-of-8 from the floor.

With the help of Valencia Myers’ 13 blocks, the Seminoles’ 5.0 blocked shots per game is tied for first in the ACC along with Virginia and Virginia Tech. The average ranks 45th nationally.

Of Florida State’s nine active student-athletes, eight have made at least one 3-point field goal this season. Sayawni Lassiter returned for her first game last game against LSU, but is considered one of FSU’s top long-range threats despite not making one against the Tigers.

The Seminoles are out-scoring opponents this season 100-68 in the paint, averaging 20.0 points inside compared to just 13.6 by opponents. The 2018 Junkanoo Jam marks FSU’s sixth trip to a tournament in the Caribbean since 2008, a span of six trips in the last 10 years.

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