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FSU women host Wake, look to pack Tuck for charity

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No. 17 Florida State (20-5, 9-5) hosts ACC foe Wake Forest (13-13, 6-9) on Thursday at 7 p.m. for their second meeting of the women’s basketball season.

Head coach Sue Semrau and her staff will be coaching the game barefoot to raise awareness for the Samaritan’s Feet organization and its mission to provide shoes as the foundation of a spiritual and healthy life. It will be FSU’s 10th game dedicated to Samaritan’s Feet, with a record of 7-2 in the previous nine games.

Semrau will also donate $1 toward Samaritan’s Feet for every fan at the Tucker Center on Thursday night.

FSU is seeking the coveted Top 4 seed and a double bye in the ACC Tournament, currently sitting in a three-way tie for third place with Duke (15-10, 9-5) and Virginia Tech (19-6, 9-5) in the conference standings. The Seminoles have been able to secure a double bye in the ACC Tournament in four of the last five years.

In their last meeting, Florida State worked past a second-half Demon Deacon rally to take down Wake Forest, 70-65, on their home court. Redshirt senior forward Kiah Gillespie and senior point guard Nicki Ekhomu tied for the team lead with 14 points. Freshman center River Baldwin added 12 with five of six free throws made in the final 90 seconds of the contest to secure the victory.

Florida State’s average of 73.3 points per game ranks fourth in the ACC, while holding their conference opponents to a 38.4 field goal percentage. In their last matchup, Florida State held the Demon Deacons to 38.5 percentage shooting for the game. 

This season the Seminoles have held ACC opponents under 40 percent shooting in nine of FSU’s 14 conference games played, with the high being only 46 percent shot by Duke last game. 

A number of the ACC ‘s top scorers in three Seminoles and one Demon Deacon will go head to head in Thursday’s matchup.

Florida State’s ACC Player of the Year candidate Gillespie (seventh – 15.5), Ekhomu (ninth – 14.9) and Wake Forest junior guard Ivana Raca (second – 16.6) all rank amongst the ACC Top 10 in points per game average. The last time the two teams faced off Raca led all scorers with 27 points for a Seminoles’ opponent season high.

Under Semrau, Florida State owns a 13-1 all-time record at home against Wake Forest. A win over the Demon Deacons would secure the program’s sixth consecutive year of double-digit conference wins.

Up next, Florida State travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on Sunday at 4 p.m. in its road regular-season finale. Fans can catch the matchup at Hank McCamish Pavilion on the ACC Network.

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