Dec. 7, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. - The 24th-ranked Florida State women's basketball team will look to move to 8-0 at 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday when it battles No. 25/22 Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The game will be broadcast live on 1270 AM WNLS in Tallahassee and on Seminoles.com.
The Huskers, who came back to defeat FSU 66-63 in Tallahassee a year ago, are 6-3 this season and are led by a pair of potential All-America candidates in forward Jordon Hooper and point guard Lindsey Moore.
Nebraska will be the second ranked opponent and the second road contest for the Seminoles. The Huskers are averaging over 4,000 fans per game at home this season which should provide a challenge for the Seminoles.
"Going on the road in a hostile environment will be a great thing for us this time of year," head coach Sue Semrau said. "That's exactly what we need. It's out second road game against a quality opponent. We're both in the Top 25 poll. Both of us would like to gain national respect."
Florida State has defeated all seven opponents this season by at least 14 points and entered the AP and Coaches' polls this week at No. 24 for the first time of 2012-13. The Seminoles routed Iowa (73-59) and Charlotte (70-54) last week.
This year's great start is a turnaround from last season, when the Noles broke a streak of seven consecutive NCAA Tournament seasons with a 14-17 record. The sting of staying at home has propelled the squad, led by five seniors, to its remarkable start.
"The disappointment of not making the NCAA Tournament last year fuels us," Semrau said. "That process started last spring and they've really carried it through."
Five Seminoles are scoring in double figures led by senior guard Leonor Rodriguez (15.9 ppg). Rodriguez and junior forward Natasha Howard (15.3 ppg) have already earned ACC Player of the Week honors this season. Senior guard Alexa Deluzio (13.9 ppg) and senior forwards Chelsea Davis (13.1) and Chasity Clayton (13.0) are also scoring at least 10 points per contest, while the dynamic point guard duo of junior Yashira "Cheetah" Delgado (6.4 apg) and senior Morgan Toles (5.6 apg) ranks 2-3 in the conference in helpers.
The Noles rank No. 1 in the country in three-point percentage (.462) and No. 6 in field goal percentage (.497), while dishing 18.3 assists per game (12th in the nation).