Feb. 8, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team hosts ACC opponent Boston College on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in a `Paint it Pink' game that will be televised on FOX Sports Florida as well as the rest of the league's regional sports networks.
The Seminoles (15-7, 3-6) will wear their pink jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear pink clothing in support of Sunday's cause. Pink t-shirts will be sold at the marketing table located on the concourse level for a donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
"I think about the players that I've had who have lost their mothers to breast cancer," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "It always amazes me at how young of an age this disease can attack. It's important for us to emphasis early detection and how it can save lives. To be able to do that with a basketball game says a lot."
Calling the action on FOX Sports Florida is play-by-play man Mike Hogewood and color analyst Chelsea Shine. Fans can also listen to the game on WNLS-1270 AM and through Seminoles.com with Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner.
The Seminoles lead the Eagles 10-1 all-time and have won four straight in the series. Last season, FSU defeated BC 76-70 in Tallahassee and 67-57 on the road in Chestnut Hill, Mass. FSU is 4-0 all-time against Boston College at home. In those four games, the `Noles have showcased a good offense by averaging nearly 76 points per game (75.8 ppg).
"This game is huge for us," Semrau added. "BC is playing good basketball right now. They just beat Virginia who has been playing good basketball. I think everyone in the ACC has improved and stepped their game up."
While the FSU athletic department has been spear-heading the `Paint it Pink' campaign for five years, the women's basketball team will be playing its fourth home game donning pink jerseys. The `Noles are 1-2 in `Paint it Pink' games at home, which includes a 73-60 win over Georgia Tech on Feb. 11, 2011.
The `Noles are looking to enhance their NCAA Tournament profile and a 20-win season always helps. Since 2004, FSU has recorded seven 20-win seasons as it faces a key seven-game stretch to end the regular season.
Senior forward Natasha Howard became the third Seminole in Thursday's loss to Notre Dame to reach 600 field goals made for her career. She joins Sue Galkantas (919 from 1981-84) and Tia Paschal (683 from 1990-93) in the exclusive club. Galkantas and Paschal are members of the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
In conference play, FSU has averaged exactly 15 second-chance points per game. The `Noles have held their opponents to 11.1 second-chance points, outscoring the opposition by nearly four per game.
The `Noles have been hitting the offensive glass hard all season, especially in ACC play. FSU leads the conference with 17.8 offensive rebounds per game, more than one rebound better than second-place Georgia Tech (16.6/g).
Boston College looks to snap a four-game losing streak against Florida State, with its only win against the Seminoles coming back in 2010. The Eagles are led by senior center Katie Zenevitch, who averages 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Last time out, Boston College snapped a five game losing streak by defeating Virginia at home, 69-65.
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