May 22, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - The Florida State women's basketball team will welcome Iowa to the Donald L. Tucker Center on Nov. 28 as part of the annual ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge, conference officials announced on Tuesday.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the Seminoles and the Hawkeyes.
FSU is 3-2 in Challenge history after falling in overtime to No. 17/18 Ohio State, 78-75, on Nov. 30, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. The Garnet and Gold is also 10-9 all-time versus the Big Ten.
Last season, Iowa picked up its first win in the early-season event, defeating Virginia Tech, 58-47, on Nov. 30, in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes (1-4 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge) were led by Morgan Johnson's 23-point, eight-rebound performance.
Iowa finished with a 19-12 overall record and claimed second in the Big Ten with an 11-5 mark in conference play in 2011-12, earning a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to California in the first round, 84-74, at Notre Dame, Ind.
Lisa Bluder enters her 13th season at the helm of the Hawkeyes, who have been to nine of the last 12 NCAA Tournaments.
The Hawkeyes return All-Big Ten Second Team center Johnson (14.9 ppg), All-Big Ten Third Team guard Jaime Printy (16.9 ppg) and Big Ten All-Freshman guard Samantha Logic (9.4 ppg).
After finishing under .500 for the first time in 10 years (14-17), Florida State expects to bounce back behind 11 returners, including All-ACC Third Team forward Natasha Howard (12 double-doubles) and guard Alexa Deluzio (13.2 ppg).
The Seminoles will also add freshman guard Jakelle King-Gilchrist (Teaneck, N.J.) and receive a full season from point guard Morgan Toles, who appeared in four games a year ago after transferring from Auburn. Toles led the SEC in assists in 2010-11.
FSU head coach Sue Semrau returns for her 16th season. Since Semrau took over the program in 1997, FSU has won 261 games at a 59 percent clip.
In the last 10 years, the Seminoles have averaged 21.2 wins per season and won 66 percent of their games while competing in seven NCAA Tournaments and two Women's National Invitation Tournaments.
The ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge matches teams from each conference in head-to-head competition, traditionally on the first Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving following the Big Ten/ACC Men's Basketball Challenge.
The ACC won the first four Challenge titles, while in 2011 the two conferences each won six games for the first tie in Challenge history. The inaugural Challenge in 2007 saw the ACC collect its all-time high of eight victories.
The ACC and Big Ten conference offices determine the schedule each season, and matchups may repeat from year-to-year in efforts to coordinate similar opponents and reach competitive equity. In addition, the official title of the Challenge will rotate each year. The 2012 event will be referred to as the ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge and will continue to mirror the official title of the two conferences' Challenge agreement for men's basketball.
Game times, as well as television and broadband coverage, will be announced at a later date. For more information about the ACC/Big Ten Women's Basketball Challenge, including a complete schedule, log on to theACC.com.
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2012 CHALLENGE SCHEDULE Wednesday, November 28 Ohio State at North Carolina Iowa at Florida State Wisconsin at Virginia Tech Duke at Michigan Maryland at Nebraska Georgia Tech at Purdue Clemson at Indiana Northwestern at Boston College
Thursday, November 29 Penn State at Miami Michigan State at NC State Virginia at Minnesota Wake Forest at Illinois