Hartford, Connecticut - As far as non-conference, regular-season games in December go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this.
When the No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team steps on to XL Center court Tuesday night in Hartford, Conn. to take on No. 1 UConn, the Seminoles will be looking to prevent the Huskies from earning a college basketball record 89th-straight victory.
More importantly, however, is that FSU (9-2) will be focused on playing a ballgame that will allow them to bounce back from an unexpected loss to Yale on Saturday and set a tone before heading back to Tallahassee to face rival Florida next week.
Against UConn (10-0), the Seminoles are expecting to play in front of 16,000-plus spectators in a hyped-up game that will air nationally on ESPN2.
With the lights on and the cameras rolling, Florida State head coach Sue Semrau is excited about all of the things that such an opportunity brings.
“I am so excited about what it’s going to do for our team and their development,” Semrau said. “When you get into March you are going to get into arenas like this. You are going to get into big-time games like this and to be able to play this type of game in December is really going to grow our young team up.”
Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
ADDITIONAL QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
On the attention that is being paid to women’s basketball right now:
“I think it’s fantastic. To be a part of this and all the attention is going to be on the game of women’s basketball. Florida State gets to be a part of that. I’m excited for our kids for the amount of attention and pressure that it’s going to put on us.”
On how a game like this prepares you for conference play:
“It’s huge. We are a team of three upperclassmen. So to put the young ones in this type of environment is huge and of the three upperclassmen only one of them is playing the same role that they did last year and that’s (senior point guard) Courtney Ward. So to put all of them in this situation is fantastic.”
• Florida State caps off a trip that began early Thursday morning with Tuesday night’s game at No. 1 UConn. FSU left Tallahassee before spending a night in New York City and then two nights in New Haven, Conn. before heading to Hartford on Sunday.
• The Seminoles are coming off their first road loss of the year; a 91-85 upset at the hands of Yale.
• Florida State will be looking to prevent the Huskies from capturing their staggering 89th-straight victory; a mark that would set the all-time record for consecutive college basketball wins.
• FSU has never defeated UConn. The ’Noles are 0-6 all-time against the Huskies.
• The Seminoles continue to be a terrific rebounding team and currently boast a rebounding advantage of +157. The Huskies are also great at nabbing boards as they are +169 on the year.
• In order to take down UConn, FSU must bounce back from its worst defensive game of the year at Yale. The Bulldogs hung a season-high 91 points on the ’Noles in that contest.
• After Tuesday’s game, Florida State won’t play again until Dec. 28 when the team hosts rival Florida in Tallahassee.