June 4, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will travel to Purdue to take part in the annual ACC/B1G Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at a tip-off time still to be determined, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Florida State will participate in the annual conference challenge for the eighth consecutive year as it shows a 5-2 record. Last year, the Seminoles defeated 25th-ranked Michigan State in Tallahassee, 60-58, to help the ACC clinch the challenge, 7-5.
“We are excited to be playing a nationally ranked Big Ten program like Purdue,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “(Head coach) Sharon Versyp has done an outstanding job with the Boilermakers and has led them to numerous conference titles and several Elite Eight appearances. This will be a great challenge for us in a hostile environment but we are looking forward to the test.”
All 14 Big Ten teams and 14 of the 15 ACC teams will participate in the 2014 Challenge, including Louisville, which will join the ACC on July 1, 2014.
The Seminoles have won two consecutive games in the ACC/B1G Challenge. In addition to last year’s win over the Spartans, Florida State defeated Iowa in the 2012 challenge by an 83-69 score at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The ‘Noles will be on the road for the first time since traveling to Ohio State in the 2011 challenge.
The ACC leads the conference challenge with an overall record of 48-32. Based on the results year-by-year, the ACC is 6-0-1 with the one tie coming in 2011.
The Boilermakers are perennial NCAA Tournament contenders, finishing last season with a 22-9 overall record while making the NCAA postseason for the 24th time. Purdue returns two of its top scorers from the 2013-14 year in forward Whitney Bays (12.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and guard April Wilson (10 ppg, 4.7 apg).
Florida State and Purdue have only faced once, which occurred on Dec. 5, 1981, in a 65-39 win by FSU on the road at the Boilermaker Premier in West Lafayette, Ind.
The ACC and the Big Ten have long been among the most competitive conferences on the women's basketball scene. Since 1982, the ACC (16) and the Big Ten (8) have combined for 24 berths in the Final Four and have combined for 318 total appearances in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Last season, the ACC sent nine teams to postseason play, the most in conference history, and had two teams in the Final Four.
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