For the 51st time in series history, No. 4/7 Florida State Women’s Basketball (23-3, 11-1 ACC) will match up against the Virginia Cavaliers (16-9, 5-7 ACC) on Thursday night. The 7 p.m. tip-off takes place at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., on the ACC’s various regional sports networks.
The Seminoles are tied with No. 7/6 Notre Dame in first place in the ACC standings, while Virginia is tied with Wake Forest for eighth place. Virginia leads the all-time series against FSU 34-16, with much of its winning stemming from the Cavaliers’ dominant years in the 1990s.
The Cavaliers won the first 20 meetings between the two teams until FSU pulled out a 60-58 win on Jan. 24, 2001, in Tallahassee. Since then, FSU has won 16 of the last 30 meetings.
Florida State has won each of the last three meetings against UVA, including its last road trip to Charlottesville when it pulled out a 65-56 win in what was a competitive ballgame on Feb. 15, 2015. In that game, senior forward Ivey Slaughter came up big with 14 points and five rebounds. The big performer of the game came from former guard Maegan Conwright, whose second-half defense against Virginia’s Mikayla Venson elevated FSU to a win.
Senior guard Brittany Brown has been productive in her career against the Cavaliers. In four games, she is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 47.5 percent (19-of-40) from the floor and 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from downtown. On March 2, 2014, she went 10-of-11 from the floor and scored 21 points as a freshman in an 82-70 win over UVA.
Junior forward Shakayla Thomas has one of her 14 career 20-point games against UVA, which came in last year’s 70-48 win in Tallahassee. Thomas went 10-of-13 from the field and scored 20 points in the win.
In one of the best games of this year’s women’s basketball season, No. 4 FSU fell at home to No. 8 Texas in double overtime, 92-88, on Monday in Tallahassee. In the loss, Texas became the first team to shoot 50 percent or better against the Seminoles this season, shooting 50.7 percent. Prior to that matchup, FSU held opponents to under 50 percent from the floor in each of its first 25 games this season.
Junior center Ama Degbeon has been a huge component for the Seminoles lately. The German native is coming off consecutive double-figure points performances for the first time ever, totaling 11 vs. Wake Forest and 13 last game against Texas (including 7-of-8 from the free throw line).
A start by Brown vs. UVA would break the career record for most starts by a Seminole. She is currently tied with Natasha Howard (2010-14) at 127.
FSU has scored 80+ points on the road in 7 of its last 8 games. The Seminoles average 82.7 points on the road, slightly higher than its overall season average (82.5).