FSU women face LSU in first road test

The first road matchup of the season is a tough one for the No. 12/13 Florida State Women’s Basketball team. FSU travels to the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

The game will air on SEC Network+. Florida State fans can also listen to the game in Tallahassee on WQTL 106.1 FM.

Saturday’s tilt is the final game of a home-and-home series between the Seminoles (1-0) and Tigers (1-0). It began last year when LSU defeated FSU, 58-45, at the Tucker Center. Senior guard Nausia Woolfolk recorded a game-high 14 points in the defeat.

Sophomore guard and New Orleans native Kourtney Weber gets a chance to return near home on Saturday. Weber attended Ursuline Academy before making her way to Florida State in 2018. In FSU’s season opener vs. Charleston Southern, Weber totaled eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in an 88-36 win.

Florida State proved in its season opener that it is very capable of scoring in bunches. The Seminoles outscored Charleston Southern 47-14 in the second half, and shot 21 of 33 (63.6 percent) in the final 20 minutes. FSU shot 11 of 17 in the third period vs. the Buccaneers, then shot 10 of 16 in the fourth.

Freshman center River Baldwin made an instant impact in her season debut. Baldwin recorded 13 points in 15 minutes, 21 seconds against CSU. In the exhibition against Florida Southern, she added a game-high 19 points in 19 minutes, 32 seconds. In the two games combined, Baldwin is averaging nearly one point per minute (0.914).

The Tigers opened their season with an 83-49 home win over New Orleans. Freshman guard Tiara Young led the way with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting in just under 21 minutes. Senior forward Ayana Mitchell and junior center Faustine Aifuwa each added 15 points in the runaway win.

Since the 2014-15 season, Florida State owns a 5-3 record on the road vs. Power 5 non-conference opponents. The Seminoles have won three of their last four road games vs. SEC opponents, including two straight vs. Florida (84-54 on Nov. 17, 2017) and Texas A&M (74-56 on March 21, 2016).

FSU returns home for back-to-back games beginning with a matchup on Wednesday against Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Samford then comes to Tallahassee for the first weekend home game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

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