TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State Women’s Basketball begins an important three-game homestand at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Thursday night, hosting Boston College at 7 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
Boasting identical 7-7 records in ACC play, Thursday’s matchup between Florida State and Boston College is a critical game toward each team’s NCAA Tournament hopes. FSU, Boston College and Miami are locked in a three-way tie for seventh place in the ACC standings.
The three-game home stretch also includes Sunday’s “Paint it Pink” game vs. No. 24 North Carolina at Noon, as well as hosting No. 16 Georgia Tech on “Senior Night” next Thursday at 6 p.m.
Due to a combination of injuries and COVID-19 protocols earlier in the season, the Seminoles (13-11, 7-7) have gone through 11 lineup combinations. With FSU having its full availability of players for the month of February, it has won three of its past four games against high-ranking NET opponents that include Notre Dame (20) and Duke (40). A win over Boston College (56 in NET) on Thursday would put FSU above .500 in ACC play for the first time this season.
FSU is currently 54th in the latest NET rankings, staying in the same position despite defeating Syracuse (87) on the road, 73-67, for its fourth Top 100 win this season. The Seminoles do not own a single “bad loss” on its resume, showing a 9-0 mark against teams outside the Top 100.
Senior forward Valencia Myers’ sixth career double-double sparked the Seminoles in their 73-67 road win at Syracuse on Tuesday, with Myers scoring 13 points and picking up 10 rebounds through three quarters. Myers’ play has always been important to FSU’s success – the Noles are 29-3 in her four-year career when she scores in double figures, including 6-0 this season.
In ACC play, FSU’s halftime adjustments continue to pay off in the third quarter. At Syracuse, the Seminoles pulled away in the third by out-scoring the Orange 18-11. In conference play, FSU is out-scoring opponents 256-205, both its highest scoring quarter and best defensive quarter.
The 21 points scored by Morgan Jones on Tuesday night at Syracuse marked her eighth career game with 20 points. Five of Jones’ eight 20-point games have come this season, while the other three came during her junior year in 2020-21.
Over FSU’s last four games vs. Notre Dame, Duke, Miami and Syracuse, it is shooting 53.8 percent in the second half (57-of-106).
Florida State and Boston College did not play last year in a season that was greatly affected by COVID-19. The two teams last played on Jan. 30, 2020 – a 65-56 win for the Eagles in Tallahassee.
The talented tandem of Taylor Soule (15.5 points) and Cameron Swartz (15.3 points) have led the Eagles (16-9, 7-7) to a strong season.
Like FSU, Boston College owns a strong home win against Notre Dame, defeating the Fighting Irish, 73-71, on Jan. 20. B.C. is coming off a 69-57 home win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday, led by Soule’s 26 points.