Feb. 15, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team will attempt to keep their two-game stretch of solid play going on Sunday afternoon when it hosts rival Miami at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Sunday's game is sponsored by Campus USA, who will give out free T-shirts to the first 300 fans in attendance. Sunday's matchup is also Scout Day for girl, boy and cub scouts, with those who sign up getting access to a pre-game tour, being part of a poster-making station and more.
The Seminoles (17-7, 5-6) and Hurricanes (12-12, 4-7) can be seen on ESPN3.com or through the WatchESPN app, with Scott Kotick and Melissa Bruner on the call. As always, fans can also tune into 1270-AM and through Seminoles.com for the radio call with Jonathan Schillace and FSU Assistant Sports Information Director Zach Stipe.
"I think the tendency for young players is to relax and say, `Well, we beat them the first time,'" FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. "We cannot allow that to happen. We have to be ready. They've played very well - they beat North Carolina on the road, they had a one-possession game with Duke. They're playing extremely well."
FSU defeated the Hurricanes, 68-63, on the road on Jan. 9 behind Natasha Howard's 27 points and 18 rebounds. The Seminoles own a 34-11 all-time lead against Miami. FSU's 34 wins over the Hurricanes are its most vs. any opponent in school history. The `Noles have 33 wins over USF for the second-most, followed by 32 wins over Florida for the third-most.
FSU holds a four-game win streak over Miami. It is the longest win streak against the Hurricanes since winning eight straight from the 2005-06 season to the 2008-09 season. Florida State has won 10 consecutive games against Florida-based opponents. The last time FSU fell to a team from Florida was on Feb. 19, 2012, in a 67-60 road loss to No. 6/6 Miami.
Howard is coming off a school-record 40-point performance on Thursday evening in an 83-59 win at Syracuse. It was the highest amount of points by an ACC player in league play since Duke's Monique Currie scored 43 points on Feb. 19, 2006.
Senior point guard Cheetah Delgado has recorded consecutive games with double-digit assists, setting a school record with 15 vs. BC and dishing out 12 at Syracuse. She leads the ACC with 6.8 assists per game.
Although the `Noles rank 14th in the conference averaging 3.9 3-point field goals per game, FSU defied the odds with a season-high tying eight long-range makes last game at Syracuse. FSU shot 8-of-12 from beyond the arc, a 66.7 percent showing that is a season-high for the `Noles.
The `Noles are trying to keep their high level of play going against rival Miami on Sunday. FSU has won by double digits in its last two games, defeating Boston College by 17 at home and winning over Syracuse by 24. Its win over the Orange was its most lop-sided ACC win on the road since defeating Virginia Tech, 75-40, on Jan. 8, 2012.
Miami will be looking to avoid being swept by Florida State in back-to-back regular seasons when it heads to Tallahassee on Sunday. Florida State will watch out for Caprice Dennis, who leads Miami in scoring average with 11.9 ppg, including 15 in the last meeting.
Miami has had a difficult schedule as of late, facing four top ten teams in their last six contests. Last time out, Miami fell to No. 9 Maryland by a score of 67-52 in Coral Gables.
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