The eighth-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team tries to stretch its winning streak to six games on Wednesday evening when it faces Minnesota on the road in the 10th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at Williams Arena.
Wednesday’s broadcast will air on the Big Ten Network (Channel 610 on DirecTV), with Lisa Byington on the play-by-play while Shelley Till provides the color analysis. Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will give fans a chance to hear the game on WQTL 106.1 FM in Tallahassee or via the Seminole Gameday App worldwide.
The Seminoles (6-1) are tied with Duke for the best record among current ACC schools in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, boasting a 7-2 record. FSU has won four ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups in a row. Those wins include defeating Iowa at home in 2012 (83-69), then-No. 25 Michigan State at home in 2013 (60-58), Purdue on the road in 2014 (67-64 OT) and Rutgers last season at home (65-43).
The ACC owns a 6-0-3 record against the Big Ten in the annual conference challenge, including a 7-7 tie for a second consecutive year last season. Overall, the ACC has a 62-46 edge in the Challenge games played to date.
Florida State is looking for a second consecutive win against the Big Ten after defeating Michigan, 76-62, in its last game played in the Paradise Jam Championship at the U.S. Virgin Islands. Senior point guard Leticia Romero took home tournament MVP honors after averaging 17.3 points and shooting 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the floor.
Romero set a Paradise Jam three-game record with her 70.4 shooting percentage from the field. The previous record holder was Breanna Stewart of UConn in 2012, going 22-of-33 (66.7 percent).
At the Paradise Jam, Florida State set a team record for highest 3-point field goal percentage over three games, shooting 54.3 percent (19-of-35). Romero’s 8-of-10 showing (80 percent) was an individual record.
A win over Minnesota (4-2) would mark the second time FSU has defeated multiple Big Ten schools in one season. The first time occurred in the 2007-08 year when the Seminoles took down Indiana 85-78 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, then defeated Ohio State 60-49 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Included in FSU’s 7-2 ACC/Big Ten Challenge record is a 3-1 mark on the road. FSU’s last road matchup came at Purdue and resulted in a 67-64 overtime win on Dec. 3, 2014, which was FSU’s last overtime game played. Then-freshman forward Shakayla Thomas delivered a go-ahead floater with 24 seconds left in overtime to mark her first game-winning shot as a Seminole (she also had one as a freshman in a 68-63 win over No. 4 Louisville).
Last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge included a 65-43 win over Rutgers at home. In that contest, current senior guard Brittany Brown registered a then-career high seven steals, only to surpass that with eight steals vs. Boston College a month later on Jan. 7, 2016.
Head Coach Sue Semrau is 25-18 against the current group of schools in the Big Ten Conference. Her best record is 4-0 against Indiana.
Following Wednesday’s game, the Seminoles return home to host Western Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.