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FSU women set for road game vs. GT

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No. 17 Florida State Women’s Basketball looks for a key road win on Sunday as it battles Georgia Tech in its regular-season road finale at 4 p.m. on the ACC Network.

The Seminoles (21-5, 10-5 ACC) are looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Yellow Jackets (17-10, 8-8) on Jan. 9. With three games left in the regular season, FSU is currently the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament that runs from March 4-8 in Greensboro, N.C.

Bolstered by a huge second-half last game vs. Wake Forest, FSU looks to ride the hot hand on Sunday at Georgia Tech. FSU is coming off a 78-67 win over the Demon Deacons on Thursday night in a game where it shot 70 percent (21-of-30) in the second half.

It was FSU’s best shooting percentage of any half since shooting 72 percent in the second half vs. Yale on Dec. 28, 2011.

Florida State’s 56.9 shooting percentage vs. Wake Forest last game tied a season high. FSU also shot 56.9 percent in a 78-64 win over North Carolina on Jan. 12.

Senior point guard Nicki Ekhomu has shouldered the scoring load for the Seminoles over the last seven games. In that span, she has averaged 19.1 points, 5.7 assists and has shot 48.1 percent (52-of-108) from the floor. Her 108 field goal attempts has also been the most on her team in the seven-game stretch.

Sophomore guard Morgan Jones is expected to have several family and friends in the McCamish Pavilion crowd on Sunday. Jones is from nearby Jonesboro, Ga. Last year, several t-shirts were made by her family to celebrate her “homecoming,” and she is expected to have that same kind of support in this year’s game.

FSU clinched its sixth straight season of 10 or more ACC wins on Thursday. It will now work to secure a Top-4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. FSU has received a double bye in the conference tournament in four of the previous five years.

The Seminoles hold a five-game win streak over Georgia Tech on the road. FSU’s last loss at the Ramblin’ Wreck came on Feb. 3, 2008 (lost 83-73).

ACC Player of the Year candidate Gillespie is Top 7 overall in the ACC in scoring (7th), rebounding (5th), field goal percentage (7th), defensive rebounds (4th), 20-point games (t7th) and double-doubles (3rd).

Following FSU’s game at Georgia Tech, it will return for consecutive home games to finish the regular season. The Noles host Clemson on Thursday for their ‘Paint it Pink’ game at 7 p.m. FSU then faces Notre Dame in its season finale on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.

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