TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Seminoles will battle Michigan as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase presented by Citi, announced on Thursday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The matchup takes place on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct.
“We look forward to returning to Mohegan Sun for the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It will be a first-class event that includes some of the best teams in women’s basketball, and we’re excited to be part of it.”
The first announced matchup of Florida State’s 2019-20 season has the potential to be a good one. The Seminoles are ranked 11th in ESPNW’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, while the Wolverines are rated 21st after coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
General public tickets will go on sale Friday, September 6, at 10 a.m. ET via all Ticketmaster outlets and the Mohegan Sun Arena box office. Game times, television details and an exclusive pre-sale opportunity via Citi will be released at later date.
Also part of the showcase doubleheader is UConn against Oklahoma.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to celebrate the women’s game with our sixth annual Women’s Showcase at a beautiful venue in Mohegan Sun,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “UConn fans have been treated to some exceptional performances in this event over the years, and we know our three additional participating schools will enjoy the first-class environment as well.”
Florida State enjoyed an impressive 2018-19 campaign that included a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 ACC record. Boasting a roster with no seniors, the Seminoles were the youngest team to participate in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round. FSU was the only team in the AP Top 25 that had to replace its entire starting five from the 2017-18 season.
Expectations will be different in the upcoming season, as FSU is poised to bring everyone back and inherit three talented freshmen in McDonald’s All-Americans River Baldwin (Andalusia, Ala.) and Sammie Puisis (Mason, Ohio) as well as talented 6-foot-1 post London Clarkson (Round Rock, Texas).
SEC All-Freshman guard Bianca Jackson is also a strong transfer addition for the Seminoles, but she will redshirt the upcoming year due to NCAA transfer rules.
Florida State is 1-1 all-time against Michigan, last facing the Wolverines in the Paradise Jam Championship on Nov. 26, 2016 (W, 76-62). Rising seniors Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk were freshmen on the 2016-17 team that won the title in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FSU returns to Mohegan Sun for the second time in the last five seasons, having played UConn there in 2015. The game will also serve as a homecoming for All-American Kiah Gillespie, who grew up in Meriden, Conn., roughly an hour away from the arena.