The No. 10/9 Florida State Women’s Basketball team heads to the U.S. Virgin Islands in St. Thomas as it faces Winthrop, No. 25 Gonzaga and Michigan on Nov. 24-26 as part of the 2016 Paradise Jam.
The Seminoles (3-1) start the tournament facing the Winthrop Eagles (1-3) on Thanksgiving day at 5:45 p.m. ET (6:45 p.m. Atlantic Time in the Virgin Islands). FSU then takes on nationally-ranked Gonzaga on Friday at 5:45 p.m. ET, followed by Michigan on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (9 p.m. Atlantic Time).
All three games will be live streamed on FloHoops, with a subscription being required to view the content. Florida State Associate Sports Information Director Bob Thomas and women’s basketball director of operations Melissa Bruner will have fans covered with gameday audio on WQTL 106.1 FM and via the Seminole Gameday App. Live stats will also be provided on statbroadcast.com.
The Seminoles play their eighth tournament in the Caribbean, including their second in the U.S. Virgin Islands. FSU won the St. Croix Division of the Paradise Jam in 2001, defeating St. Mary’s 78-57 and Dayton 63-60. Former Seminole guard Shinikki Whiting of Clearwater, Florida, was named tournament MVP, averaging 22.5 points, 7 rebounds and shooting 16-of-33 from the floor.
FSU’s last trip to the Caribbean was the 2014 Cancun Challenge in Riviera Maya, Mexico, when it finished 2-1 against Washington (L, 80-68), Furman (W, 94-63) and Hartford (W, 69-59).
Since the 1994-95 season, the Seminoles have played three times in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1994, 2004, 2012), two times in Cancun (2008, 2014), one time in the Virgin Islands (2001) and one time in the Bahamas (2010). FSU has won four of its seven tournaments played, including the 2001 Paradise Jam, 2004 San Juan Shootout, the 2010 Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island and the 2012 San Juan Shootout.
Florida State is coming off an 84-64 win over James Madison last Sunday, which is the third 2016 NCAA Tournament team it has faced this season. In the win, senior guard Brittany Brown became the first Seminole ever to record 500+ rebounds, 300+ assists and 200+ steals in a career, recording her 300th assist on the first possession of the second half.
FSU Women’s Hoops is hoping to make it a sweep over Winthrop on Thanksgiving Day. Last Friday, Nov. 18, the FSU Men’s Basketball Team defeated the Eagles, 100-86, in Tallahassee.
Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day tilt with Winthrop will be FSU’s third game played on Thanksgiving, showing a 1-1 record on the family-oriented holiday. On Nov. 26, 1981, FSU defeated McNeese State, 69-62, in the Lady Seminole Classic. FSU’s opening game of the 2014 Cancun Challenge was a Thanksgiving contest vs. Washington which resulted in an 80-68 loss.
In FSU’s seven tournaments played in the Caribbean, it is 12-6 overall.
Following the Paradise Jam, FSU will play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET. The game will air on the Big Ten Network.