Feb. 22, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team faces a critical road game in league play as it travels to Clemson for a Sunday afternoon tip-off at 2 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum. The game will air on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) with Don Munson (play-by-play) and Robin Muller (color) on the call.
Sunday's contest between the Seminoles (17-9, 5-8) and Tigers (12-16, 4-10) can also be heard on 1270-AM with the voices of Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner calling the action.
Florida State and Clemson play in their 46th matchup. The Seminoles have won 20 of their last 21 meetings with the Tigers since the 2002-03 season. FSU is 10-11 on the road all-time against Clemson, but has won 10 straight vs. the Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum. FSU's last visit to Clemson was two years ago to the game day, winning 74-52 on Feb. 23, 2012.
The all-time series between the two teams has come in severe swings. Clemson won 23 of the first 24 meetings from 1980 to 2002 until FSU rattled off wins in 20 of the last 21 meetings.
The `Noles are on a quest to get to 20 overall wins prior to the ACC Tournament and it starts on Sunday at Clemson. Under head coach Sue Semrau, FSU has posted seven 20-win campaigns and has earned a nod to the NCAA Tournament in each of those seven seasons.
FSU is 7-5 this season in road games, having lost four of its last five away from Tallahassee. Senior Natasha Howard is averaging a double-double on the road this year with 20 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. Howard is averaging 12 points and 9.6 rebounds in five career games versus Clemson.
On Thursday night at Maryland, Howard's 35-point performance put her at exactly 200 field goals made this season. Howard's total makes her the first player to nail 200 shots since Roneeka Hodges had 236 in the 2004-05 season. Howard is the seventh FSU player to reach the single-season milestone.
Florida State has played five teams from the state of South Carolina, including Clemson (21-24), Charleston Southern (1-0), College of Charleston (1-1), Furman (1-0) and South Carolina (2-16). Overall, FSU is 26-41 against teams from the Palmetto State.
FSU senior guard Cheetah Delgado has 178 assists this season, which is third on the school single-season list. She is 21 assists away from breaking the record of 198 held by Courtney Ward in the 2009-10 season.
Delgado's ACC-leading 6.8 assists stand out in two ways - It would be the most assists by an ACC player since Maryland's Kristi Toliver had 7.4 per game in 2007-08. It would be tied for the sixth-highest average in ACC history.
Redshirt sophomore Morgan Jones fell one 3-pointer shy on Thursday night of tying the single-game school record of seven held by Christy Derlak (7 vs. UT Chattanooga on 11/26/93) and Courtney Ward (7 vs. Vanderbilt on 11/21/10). Jones now has 50 3-pointers this season, making her one of just eight `Noles to reach 50 3's in a year.
The Tigers currently occupy the 12th spot in the 15-team ACC standings, earning four conference wins over Pitt, Miami, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Clemson is a defensive-minded ballclub that only averages 59.8 points per game but allows just 66.5 points. Its leading scorer is junior guard Nikki Dixon, who averages 13.7 points per game and shoots 44.4 percent from the floor.
The Tigers are a formidable blocking team, averaging 3.9 blocks per game but also getting blocked by the same average as well.
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