FSU to Host Michigan State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge
Rising senior forward Natasha Howard captured All-ACC First Team honors in 2012-13.


Rising senior forward Natasha Howard captured All-ACC First Team honors in 2012-13.

May 16, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team will host Michigan State at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Dec. 4 as part of the annual Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge, conference officials announced on Thursday.

"We are very excited to welcome Michigan State for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this season," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "It's always an honor and a lot of fun to represent the ACC and get to host a program that is the caliber of a Michigan State. (MSU head coach) Suzy Merchant is a great coach and the Spartans are successful year-in and year-out. It will be a fun and exciting game that I know our fans will come and support at the Tucker Center."

This will mark the third meeting between the two squads with the Spartans holding a 2-0 advantage in the series.

The Seminoles are 4-2 all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge games after defeating Iowa, 83-69, in Tallahassee last season.

Michigan State has traveled to the Tucker Center once before, defeating FSU in the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 72-64. FSU is 2-1 at home in the event.

Florida State spent nearly the entire 2012-13 season ranked in the Top 25 and finished 23-10 overall, while capping the season in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. FSU had three All-ACC First Team selections, including rising senior forward Natasha Howard.

The Noles also return rising senior point guard Cheetah Delgado, who led FSU in assists and steals despite coming off the bench, and will welcome the debuts of redshirt sophomore Morgan Jones and highly touted incoming freshman center Kai James.

Jones was an All-Big Ten selection as a freshman at Northwestern in 2011-12 before redshirting last season after transferring to FSU. James is a consensus Top-20 recruit and played in the prestigious McDonald's All-America Game for high school all-stars this spring.

The Spartans also ended their 2012-13 campaign in the NCAA Tournament Second Round and wrapped up the season with a 25-9 mark. MSU is expected to be led by rising junior point guard Kiana Johnson and rising senior guard Klarissa Bell. Both players earned All-Big Ten honors last season.

All 12 Big Ten teams and 12 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2013 Challenge, including Notre Dame and Syracuse, which will join the league on July 1, 2013.

A year ago, ACC teams combined for a 7-5 mark against its Big Ten counterparts to win its fifth Challenge title. The ACC owns a 41-27 edge over the Big Ten in the Challenge. The two leagues each earned six wins in 2011 to mark the only tie in Challenge history.

The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season. In addition, the official title of the Challenge rotates each year. The 2013 event will be referred to as the Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences' Challenge agreement for men's basketball.

2013 Big Ten/ACC Women's Basketball Challenge game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date. For more information about The Challenge, including a complete schedule, visit theacc.com.

For more information on the Florida State women's basketball team follow @FSU_WBasketball on Twitter.

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2013 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 4
Notre Dame at Penn State
Illinois at Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech at Indiana
Michigan State at Florida State

Thursday, December 5
NC State at Northwestern
Boston College at Wisconsin
Syracuse at Iowa
Purdue at Duke
Ohio State at Maryland
Nebraska at North Carolina
Michigan at Virginia
Miami at Minnesota

ACC (41-27)
Boston College: 2-3
Clemson: 2-4
Duke: 5-1
Florida State: 4-2
Georgia Tech: 5-1
Maryland: 6-0
Miami: 2-2
North Carolina: 4-2
NC State: 2-4
Virginia: 5-1
Virginia Tech: 2-4
Wake Forest: 2-3

Big Ten (27-41)
Illinois: 3-3
Indiana: 3-3
Iowa: 1-5
Michigan: 4-2
Michigan State: 4-2
Minnesota: 2-4
Nebraska: 0-2
Northwestern: 2-4
Ohio State: 2-4
Penn State: 2-4
Purdue: 1-5
Wisconsin: 3-3

2012 CHALLENGE RESULTS (ACC 7, BIG TEN 5)
November 28
North Carolina 57, Ohio State 54
Florida State 83, Iowa 69
Virginia Tech 47, Wisconsin 38
Duke 71, Michigan 54
Maryland 90, Nebraska 71
Purdue 85, Georgia Tech 73
Indiana 52, Clemson 49
Northwestern 67, Boston College 63

November 29
Miami 69, Penn State 65
Michigan State 68, NC State 51
Virginia 90, Minnesota 68
Illinois 95, Wake Forest 82

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