Top 15 Battle Looms in Tallahassee
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – No. 6/8 Florida State Women’s Basketball (14-2, 2-1) and the No. 13/15 Duke Blue Devils (14-1, 2-0) square off in an AP Top 15 matchup on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in what is Florida State’s Alumni Game, with around 30 former FSU Women’s Basketball players expected to be in attendance.
The game will air on the ACC Network Extra as Tom Block and Melissa Bruner take the call. Jonathan Schillace and Bob Thomas will handle the audio broadcast on the free Seminole Gameday App and locally on the radio at WQTL 106.1 FM.
The Seminoles hold a two-game win streak over Duke, defeating the Blue Devils last season on the road (69-53) and knocking off No. 13 Duke at home in 2015 (74-58). A win over the Blue Devils would mark FSU’s first three-game win streak vs. its North Carolina-based opponent since winning four straight in the first four games of the series from Jan. 21, 1992-Feb. 28, 1993.
Sunday’s game will be just the third time in 47 meetings that both Duke (13) and Florida State (6) will be ranked in the Top 15 of the AP Poll when facing each other. The other matchups included #12 FSU vs. #8 Duke on March 7, 2009, at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro (Duke won 75-57) and #13 FSU vs. #7 Duke on Jan. 29, 2010, in Tallahassee (Duke won 73-43).
Florida State is coming off a 90-77 win at North Carolina on Thursday night. FSU is looking to defeat the two Tobacco Road rivals in the same season for the fifth time since joining the ACC in 1991-92, as well as for the second consecutive season. A win over Duke would also mark the second straight year where FSU not only defeated UNC and Duke in the same season, but also in the same week.
Florida State is 3-1 vs. the AP Top 25 this season, with wins over No. 25 Gonzaga (87-69 in the U.S. Virgin Islands), No. 23 Florida (83-58 at home) and No. 11 Miami (81-66 at Coral Gables). Florida State and Duke lead the ACC with three Top 25 wins each, as Duke boasts nationally-ranked wins over #3 South Carolina (74-63 in Durham), #17 Kentucky (69-54 in Durham) and #8 Louisville (58-55 in Durham).
Redshirt junior guard Imani Wright has been scintillating against AP Top 25 competition this season. In FSU’s four games vs. UConn, Gonzaga, Florida and Miami, the Hooks, Texas, native is averaging 17.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, two assists and is shooting 40.6 percent (13-of-32) from beyond the arc. Wright’s 25 points vs. No. 1 UConn are tied for the most points by a Seminole this season.
Senior guard Brittany Brown needs just three steals to break the FSU all-time steals record of 275 held by Alicia Gladden (2003-07). Brown has 273 career steals, including 44 this season.
Leticia Romero leads Florida State in scoring average vs. AP Top 25 opponents this season with 21.7 points. She is shooting 61.5 percent (24-39) overall and 57.1 percent (8-14) from downtown.
A win over No. 13/15 Duke would mark FSU’s fourth straight win over a Top 25 opponent, which would be a program record streak. FSU has four three-game win streaks vs. AP Top 25 in its history.
The road gets no easier for the Seminoles following Sunday’s game. FSU hosts No. 8/9 Louisville on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.