TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball team will look to halt the nation’s third-longest home winning streak on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. against No. 6 Miami at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.
The game is being broadcast on RSN-TV, a collection of networks that includes Fox Sports Carolina, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Fox Sports North and ESPN3.
The Hurricanes (23-3, 12-1 in the ACC) have won 38 straight at home, but the Seminoles (13-14, 5-8) have historically played their inter-state rivals well. FSU holds a 30-10 record all-time record against Miami, including an 11-5 mark in Coral Gables.
FSU split with Miami last season, and narrowly fell to the Hurricanes on Jan. 15 in Tallahassee in the squads’ first meeting this season.
Florida State trailed then-No. 13/11 Miami by 19 points with 18:59 remaining in the game last month, but came back to tie the contest with 37 seconds left. However, the Hurricanes’ Stefanie Yderstrom nailed a game-winning three with 17 seconds remaining.
The Seminoles received a monster performance from sophomore forward Natasha Howard in that game. She scored 22 points and grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds.
Miami was led by defending ACC Player of the Year Shenise Johnson, who scored 24 points, grabbed six boards, dished four assists, tallied four steals and made zero turnovers.
Johnson is joined in the backcourt by fellow senior guard Riquna Williams. Williams shot just 4-of-15 against the Seminoles in the first matchup, but she is an explosive guard capable of scoring 30. The pair earned First Team All-ACC honors last season.
Florida State is coming off three straight losses. On Wednesday night, FSU fell to North Carolina, 71-66. Senior Cierra Bravard scored 19 points. She leads the Seminoles in scoring at 14.1 ppg and ranks second in the conference in field goal shooting (.535).
FSU will counter Miami’s lethal guard attack with a backcourt featuring juniors Morgan Toles and Alexa Deluzio.
Toles will play in her fourth game of the season since being cleared to play by the NCAA. A point guard who led the SEC in assists (5.15 per game) while at Auburn in 2010-11, Toles has allowed Deluzio to move to her more natural position of shooting guard.
Deluizio is second on the team in scoring (13.1 ppg).
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