Dec. 29, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 21/25-ranked Florida State women's basketball team opens the Atlantic Coast Conference season against Boston College on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The game will air live on ESPN3.com in addition to on the radio at 100.7 FM WFLA.
The Seminoles have won five of their last six ACC openers and hold an 8-1 record all-time against the Eagles. FSU brings a 10-1 overall record and some substantial momentum into Sunday's contest after closing out the non-conference schedule with its third consecutive win of 30 or more points against UNCG, 93-63, on Dec. 22.
"I think when we review our "Season 1" - our pre-conference season, we feel pretty good about how things came together," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "We have a high RPI. We played a tough schedule. We are in great shape going into the ACC portion of our season."
Florida State leads the ACC in scoring (84.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.495) and also ranks in the top three in the conference in scoring margin (+27.1), three-point percentage (.453), rebounding margin (+9.8), assists (18.8), turnover margin (+4.0) and assist/turnover ratio (1.0).
This season marks the first-ever 18-game ACC slate. In addition to FSU, undefeated Duke (No. 4/4), Marland (No. 9/9) and North Carolina (No. 16/23) are currently ranked, while Georgia Tech and Miami have also appeared in both polls this season. The ACC currently has the nation's No. 1 conference strength of schedule rank and promises to be one of the nation's most challenging leagues from top to bottom.
Semrau said the Seminoles are ready to attack the conference head on.
"We're near the beaches of Florida," she said. "You go to the beach and you see a wave coming at you. You don't want to wait for that wave to knock you over; you want to dive into it. That's really the attitude we've got to have in this conference. The waves are coming. We're going to be the ones to take charge and dive into it, rather than be hit by it."
The Seminoles are the only team in the country with five players averaging 10 or more points in scoring. Boston College brings four double-digit scorers to Tallahassee and the 6-4 Eagles should be a great first conference test for the Noles.
BC leads the conference in three-pointers made per game (7.0) in addition to free throw shooting (.765).
Last season, Alexa Deluzio scored a career-high 28 points, making six treys, en route to a 68-59 FSU win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
2 for 1 Ticket Promotion Fans can buy one ticket and get a second one for free to Sunday's game as part of a holiday promotion from the Florida State Athletic Department... Sophomore Morgan Jones will sign autographs after the game.