TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The ninth-ranked Florida State Women’s Basketball team hosts ACC opponent Clemson on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the annual ‘Paint it Pink’ game aimed at raising breast cancer awareness.
From head to toe, the Seminoles (23-3, 10-2) will be fully dressed in pink attire to support those who have been affected by breast cancer. Pink T-shirts will be for sale on the concourse level of the Donald L. Tucker Center at the marketing table, with the proceeds once again benefiting the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
“It’s always an honor to play in this game because of what it stands for and what it represents,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said of the ‘Paint it Pink’ cause. “Raising awareness for breast cancer is something that is so important in women’s athletics. We’re looking forward to getting out there once again and supporting a great cause.”
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While the FSU athletic department has been spear-heading the ‘Paint it Pink’ campaign for six years, the women’s basketball team will be playing its fifth home game donning pink jerseys. The ‘Noles are 2-2 in ‘Paint it Pink’ home games, defeating Boston College last season 72-55. In that game, former point guard Cheetah Delgado set the single-game assists record at FSU with 15 on a day that was dedicated to her mother who passed away from breast cancer in 2009.
The Seminoles defeated the Tigers (9-16, 1-11) in their first matchup of the season on Jan. 8, 2015, by an 82-52 score on the road. FSU clung to just a two-point lead midway through the second half until a 16-0 run blew the game open. FSU ended the contest on a 43-14 run.
In the first meeting between both teams this season, junior center Adut Bulgak (14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks) and sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter (16 points and 12 rebounds) each had double-doubles. It is one of three times this year where FSU had had multiple players finish with double-doubles (Bulgak & Jones vs. UMass; Brown & Slaughter at Tulane; Bulgak & Slaughter vs. Clemson).
If Florida State can win its final four regular-season games, it will reach 27 wins to set the school record for most regular-season victories. The 2009-10 team’s 26-4 regular-season mark is the current record. FSU holds a 23-3 overall record heading into Thursday’s game.
The Seminoles hold a 10-2 record in ACC play this year. If FSU can win three more games down the stretch, it will set a new program record with 13 ACC victories. The 2008-09 and 2009-10 teams each finished 12-2 in conference play.
In Florida State’s last two games played against Clemson, it has combined to grab 51 offensive rebounds. In a 59-43 road win in 2014, FSU grabbed 30 offensive boards, then recorded 21 on the offensive glass in its 82-52 win this year.
FSU joins only Duke in the ACC as teams that boast three players shooting 50 percent or better from the floor. They include Shakayla Thomas (52.3 percent), Slaughter (51.5 percent) and Bulgak (51.2 percent).
Redshirt senior guard Maegan Conwright recorded a career-high 20 points in the first meeting of the season between FSU and Clemson. The Arlington, Texas, native went 6-of-6 from the free throw line and drilled four 3-point field goals in the win.
Clemson leads Florida State 24-23 in the all-time series that dates back to their first game on Dec. 20, 1980 – a 78-59 win by Clemson in Columbus, Miss. Since the 2002-03 season, FSU has won 22 of its last 23 meetings against the Tigers, including its last 11 meetings since the 2008-09 season.