Tallahassee - The Florida State women’s basketball team has an important regular-season finale vs. Virginia for a variety of reasons on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU. FSU and UVA will battle for the ninth seed in the ACC, and Seminole seniors Natasha Howard and Cheetah Delgado will be honored on Senior Day prior to tip-off.
Senior Day presentations will begin at exactly 12:11 p.m., approximately 20 minutes before scheduled tip-off at 12:32 p.m. The Seminoles (18-10, 6-9) and Cavaliers (13-15, 6-9) are tied for ninth in the ACC heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale. If FSU wins, it will avoid playing in the newly-created first round next Wednesday at the ACC Tournament, a result of the conference’s expansion with the additions of Notre Dame, Syracuse and Pitt.
Sunday’s game will feature Roy Philpott and Steffi Sorensen on the ESPNU broadcast, while Jonathan Schillace and Melissa Bruner will have the call on the radio at 1270-AM or via Seminoles.com. Fans who come early will have a chance to get free pizza as part of Sunday’s pre-game promotion.
“This is a big game for a lot of reasons,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “It will be an emotional game for our seniors. With Natasha and Cheetah, I’m so proud of what they have done here. They have been exemplary student-athletes who have been a joy to coach. We will certainly be playing for them and hopefully send them out on the right note.”
Florida State and Virginia face each other for the second time this season. UVA leads the all-time series, 34-13, and defeated FSU in Charlottesville on Jan. 19, 85-68. The ‘Noles and Cavaliers tend to play at a similar pace on offense. FSU is averaging 70.6 points per game, while UVA is putting up exactly 70 points per game.
Florida State is hoping to snap a four-game losing streak against Virginia on Sunday afternoon. The last time FSU defeat the Hoos was on Feb. 7, 2011, by a 78-74 score in Charlottesville, Va.
FSU sophomore Emiah Bingley could play a key role off the bench against Virginia. In the first meeting of the season, the guard recorded five 3-pointers and had 21 points against the Hoos.
FSU is coming off an 86-78 loss to Georgia Tech at home on Thursday. Howard recorded 34 points in the contest, making her just the second Seminole ever to record three 30-point games in one season. The other player was FSU all-time leading scorer Sue Galkantas.
Delgado is just nine assists away from breaking the single-season school record of 198 held by Courtney Ward in the 2009-10 season. Delgado enters Sunday’s game with 190 assists this season, giving her a chance to highlight a fitting senior day performance with a record-breaking game.
Howard is just five rebounds away from 1,000 in her career, which would make her the third Seminole to reach the quadruple-digit mark in boards. She would also be just the 23rd player in ACC history to reach 1,000 career boards.
Howard is going after yet another record. The Toledo, Ohio, native has 12 double-doubles this season to tie for the most in a single season at FSU. She is currently tied with former player Laine Lasseter, who also had 12 as a freshman in the 1978-79 season.
Virginia is looking for a regular-season sweep over Florida State after winning convincingly in the first game. The Cavaliers have hit a late-season skid in ACC play, playing very well but not well enough to beat quality teams North Carolina (L, 80-74), NC State (L, 68-66) as well as Miami (L, 83-63). The Hoos have four double-figure scorers to highlight a balanced offensive attack.
An important piece to UVA’s offense is sixth player Faith Randolph, who produced 26 points against FSU earlier this season.