Jacksonville Sports Day

No. 8 FSU Women’s Hoops Looks to Improve to 11-0 Against the UNF Ospreys

Photo by Mike Olivella/FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 8 Florida State Women’s Basketball team hosts UNF on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The matchup will air on ACC Network Extra.

The Seminoles (10-0, 1-0) host the UNF Ospreys (5-5) for the seventh consecutive season. FSU leads the overall series, 9-0, in a North Florida-based matchup that began in 2007.

Senior guard Nausia Woolfolk’s season-high 25 points propelled Florida State to a 74-70 win over a tough St. John’s team in its last game on Dec. 15. Woolfolk is tied for the ACC lead this season with four 20-point games, which is also held by Virginia’s Jocelyn Willoughby, Louisville’s Jazmine Jones and Duke’s Haley Gorecki.

The Seminoles are now 10-0 this season and are one of 11 unbeaten teams in women’s college basketball entering the week as well as one of two in the ACC. The other unbeaten teams across the country include UConn, NC State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Loyola Chicago.

Florida State is looking to start 11-0 for just the second time in program history. The longest undefeated start to a season came at 12-0 in 2004-05. FSU’s current 10-0 start is tied for the second-longest undefeated start with the 2009-10 team (FSU’s first NCAA Elite Eight squad) and the 2017-18 team.

Senior guard Nicki Ekhomu will play in her fourth career game against UNF on Wednesday night. In her previous three games against the Ospreys, she is averaging 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and is shooting 50 percent (14-of-28) from the floor. Ekhomu’s first 20-point game at FSU came against UNF on Nov. 10, 2017.

From 2005-15, UNF head coach Darrick Gibbs was an assistant coach at Miami. Wednesday’s matchup will be his 28th time coaching against FSU as an assistant (23 times – 1 with Charlotte, 22 with Miami) or head coach (5 with UNF).

Over the last 44 games played against opponents from the state of Florida, FSU is 39-5. This includes a 21-5 record against rivals Miami (15-4) and Florida (6-1) since 2013.

Through its first 10 games, FSU has out-rebounded its opponent in each game. The last time the Seminoles out-rebounded their opponent in each of their first 10 games was the 2014-15 season when they finished 32-5 and garnered a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In that special season, FSU out-rebounded 36 of its 37 opponents played.

FSU’s final game before the holidays is Sunday vs. No. 24 Michigan on the ACC Network. FSU battles the Wolverines in the Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase held at Mohegan Sun Arena at 1:30 p.m.

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