Nov. 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team is looking for a 3-0 record to begin the season as it hosts Prairie View A&M on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles (2-0) will play the Panthers (0-2) on ESPN3, with Tom Block and Melissa Bruner on the call. The game can also be heard on 1270 AM WNLS and Seminoles.com, as Jonathan Schillace provides play-by-play while legendary women’s basketball sports information director Zach Stipe provides the color analysis.
“It’s a two-day preparation for Prairie View A&M. I think it’s a daily battle that we’re all fighting to become a better basketball team,” head coach Sue Semrau said. “Prairie View has a strong reputation of being an NCAA team and I think getting an opportunity to play a team that makes the tournament year in and year out is a good opponent. They’re very fast, they like to attack and they have a real good guard that’s going to be tough to defend. They’ll pose a nice challenge for us.”
Florida State and Prairie View A&M play for the first time ever. For the fifth straight year, Florida State will play an opponent from the SWAC. FSU has played Alcorn State (2009-10), Alabama State (2010-11), Alabama A&M (2011-12) and Grambling State (2012-13) during that time.
The ‘Noles have benefited themselves in the first two games by getting off to good shooting starts in the first half. Against UNCG (21-for-35) and Cincinnati (12-for-26), FSU has combined to shoot 54 percent through the game’s first 20 minutes.
Florida State is riding a 10-game win streak against non-conference competition at home. Its last loss at the Donald L. Tucker Center to a non-ACC school was vs. Nebraska on Nov. 27, 2011, falling 66-63.
Redshirt sophomore guard Morgan Jones led FSU with 22 points in its 63-58 win over Cincinnati last Wednesday. Including her time at Northwestern, Jones reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time in her collegiate career. Against the Bearcats, Jones had a key stretch where she scored 13 of FSU’s 17 points in a late surge in the first half to take a 24-21 lead.
The Seminoles have been very active in their zone defense early this season. Their first two opponents have been limited to just four fast break points, have turned the ball over 46 times already and are shooting 33 percent overall.
Though only two games in, the ‘Noles have shown that all they need is one dominant spurt to break away for a win. Against UNCG in the season opener, the ‘Noles enjoyed a 22-0 run to break the game open. In their second game against Cincinnati, it was a 27-5 run that also lasted from late in the first half to the beginning of the second half.
Prairie View A&M is coming off a 76-27 loss against Texas A&M on Nov. 13. The Panthers earned their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance last season after winning the SWAC Tournament, losing to Baylor in the first round.
Guard Jeanette Jackson from Las Vegas, Nev., has led the Panthers with 16.5 points per game, dropping 32 points in their season-opening loss to Rice. In their first two games, the Panthers have done a good job of defending beyond the arc, holding their opponents to 2-of-19 shooting from 3-point range.
Sunday’s contest is part of a doubleheader with the FSU men’s basketball team, which plays earlier at 2 p.m. against Tennessee-Martin.
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