Florida State Starts Difficult Stretch with Georgia Tech

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Florida State Women’s Hoops has a tough nine-game slate to finish the regular season and begins with a road game at Georgia Tech on Friday night

 

(ISN) – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 9/9 Florida State Seminoles (19-2, 6-1) bring their six-game win streak into Atlanta as they face league foe Georgia Tech (13-8, 3-4) on Friday night at 7 p.m. on the ACC’s regional sports networks.

Friday’s game, which airs locally on FOX Sports Florida, will feature Jenn Hildreth (play-by-play) on the call as well as color analyst Debbie Antonelli. Gameday audio will include the voice of FSU Women’s Basketball – Jonathan Schillace – and analyst Melissa Bruner.

The FSU-Georgia Tech rivalry has been very competitive over the 40 years it has been played. Florida State leads 22-20 all-time, and the last three games since the start of the 2012-13 season have all been decided by single digits. Last year’s contest in Tallahassee was won by Georgia Tech, 78-76, as FSU nearly came back from a 52-31 halftime deficit.

Florida State is seeking its ninth 20-win season under head coach Sue Semrau since her coaching career began at FSU in 1997-98. The Seminoles’ 19-2 overall record marks its best start in school history.

Depending on the outcome of this Thursday’s games, Florida State could be the second, third or fourth team in the nation to reach the 20-win plateau if it wins Friday. Mississippi State is already 21-2 as of Tuesday and plays Vanderbilt on Thursday. Notre Dame (19-2) and South Carolina (19-0) also have 19 wins and could reach the 20-win mark with their games on Thursday.

The Seminoles made the highest jump of any team in this week’s Associated Press Poll, moving up eight spots to ninth after defeating then-No. 4/4 Louisville, 68-63, and Wake Forest, 110-80. FSU’s No. 9 ranking in the AP Poll is its second-highest in school history, only trailing FSU’s school-record No. 8 spot in the AP Poll on March 1, 2010.

Florida State’s 110 points scored last game against Wake Forest were its most points ever in ACC competition. The 110 points are tied for the second highest in program history, trailing FSU’s 114-71 win over Stetson on Feb. 6, 1991.

The 2014-15 season marks the fifth season where FSU has scored 100+ points in multiple games. The Noles defeated Bethune-Cookman, 103-34, on Nov. 18 before defeating Wake Forest last game.

Junior center Adut Bulgak is just the ninth Seminole to record at least 10 double-doubles in a season. Her 10 double-doubles are just five shy of the single-season school record of 15 set by Natasha Howard last season. She is trying to be the fifth Seminole ever to average double-digit rebounds in a season, including the first since Levys Torres in 2000-01. Bulgak is currently averaging 10.1 rebounds per game.

Sophomore guard Leticia Romero came to FSU right before the start of conference play, yet has managed to shoot 58.2 percent (32-of-55) from the floor in her eight games played. Romero is also shooting 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from 3-point range.

A win over Georgia Tech on Friday would mark just the third time FSU has finished the month of January with one or fewer losses since joining the ACC. FSU is currently 6-1 this month and finished 7-1 in the 2010-11 season and 7-0 in 2008-09.

Florida State is looking for a 7-1 start in ACC play for just the second time ever. The first time was in the 2008-09 season when FSU started 11-1 in conference play.

Georgia Tech is led by the scoring of sophomore guard Kaela Davis. She became the fastest GT player to score 1,000 career points after scoring 24 points at Notre Dame. She broke the record of 55 games, scoring 1,000 points in 52 games.

Junior Roddreka Rogers has a team-best six double-doubles after recording back-to-back double-doubles at UNC and against Pittsburgh. She averages 9.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

The Yellow Jackets are 0-5 against ranked opponents this season, but are coming off a strong 68-62 victory at Virginia on Jan. 25. Davis scored 31 points against the Cavaliers on 12-of-29 shooting, while Rogers and Zaire O’Neil each pulled down 11 boards.

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