TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball is bracing for another exciting year, and the latest projections confirm just that.
The updated ESPNW Way-Too-Early Preseason Poll gives the Seminoles a No. 11 ranking after being updated through the entire off-season. Florida State Women’s Hoops will begin preseason practice on Sept. 24, and their first game is Tuesday, Nov. 5, vs. Charleston Southern at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles are unofficially ranked second in the ACC according to the poll, only behind Louisville at eighth. Oregon is projected first in ESPNW’s Charlie Crème’s Top 25 rankings.
The expectations are high for a program that returns every player from last year’s group that featured one of the youngest units in the country but still went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles have cemented themselves as one of the nation’s best programs in recent years, being one of just three ACC teams to finish in the AP Top 25 in each of the last five seasons.
The senior trio of forward Kiah Gillespie and guards Nausia Woolfolk and Nicki Ekhomu return after being battled tested one season ago. Juniors Iho Lopez and Savannah Wilkinson also bring back critical experience, and a talented sophomore class includes several outstanding guards and a strong post presence in reigning All-ACC Freshmen Team member Valencia Myers.
Four newcomers figure to also play key roles and add to the program’s depth: McDonald’s All-Americans River Baldwin (Center, Andalusia, Ala.) and Sammie Puisis (Guard/Forward, Mason, Ohio), as well as forward/center London Clarkson (Center/Forward, Pflugerville, Texas). Redshirt sophomore transfer guard Bianca Jackson is a proven player from the University of South Carolina who will be eligible next year.
Florida State holds an impressive record of 62-18 (.775) over the last five years in ACC play, and has five consecutive years of 10+ wins in the conference. The conference schedule will be expanded to 18 games starting this season and will be announced in September.
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