TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20/21-ranked Florida State women’s basketball team welcomes Clemson for its annual “Barefoot for Bare Feet Game” on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The game will air live on ESPN3.com and head coach Sue Semrau and her staff will coach barefoot in an effort to call attention to the 300 million children in the world who are at the risk of disease, infection and death due to not owning a single pair of shoes.
This is the fifth straight year FSU has held a “Barefoot Game” in conjunction with Samaritan’s Feet and the Noles are 3-1 all-time in these games.
"Giving back has always been an important part of this program," Semrau said. "It's about more than basketball, and it's important to educate student-athletes on the importance of helping others. We have been given so much and this is one small way that we can bring awareness to a worthy cause. We have partnered with Samaritan's Feet for a number of years. It's a tremendous opportunity to put shoes on the feet of children that don't have any. The Seminole family appreciates your support."
All fans who donate a NEW pair of shoes will be admitted to the game for free and be in the running to win an autographed basketball. Fans can also donate money at Coach Semrau's Samaritan's Feet donation page: http://samaritansfeet.myetap.org/fundraiser/fundraisingpage/individual.do?participationRef=3214.0.213383371
Samaritans Feet is a non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel Ohonme in 2003. Their mission is to equip ten million impoverished children with ten million shoes in ten years. Since beginning in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has helped 4 million people in 60 countries. They also have partnerships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee).
The Seminoles are coming off a 72-62 loss at No. 11 North Carolina on Thursday night. FSU erased a 19-point first-half deficit with nine minutes to go in the game when senior guard Alexa Deluzio buried a three to put the Noles in front 53-52. The Tar Heels answered with a 10-2 run however and pulled away for the win.
Deluzio (16 points), Leonor Rodriguez (18 points) and Natasha Howard (12 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks) all scored in double figures for the Garnet and Gold.
“I was really proud of the way our team battled one of the top teams in the country on their home court,” Semrau said. “We’ve got to take that into this game and know that every game in the ACC is vital. Clemson is coming off of big game and we’re looking forward to facing them Sunday.”
Clemson is coming off a 47-37 win at Virginia Tech on Thursday night and holds a record of 6-14 overall and 2-7 in the ACC.
Florida State has won eight straight against the Tigers by an average of nearly 19 points (18.8 ppg) and has victories in 19 of the last 20 matchups.
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