FSU women set to face No. 23 Miami

No. 8 Florida State Women’s Basketball continues its long-time rivalry with No. 23 Miami on Sunday when the two teams face off at 2 p.m. at the Watsco Center on FOX Sports Florida and the ACC’s other regional sports networks.

For the 61st time in series history, the Seminoles (13-1, 2-1) and Hurricanes (9-4, 1-1) battle on the hardwood. Sunday’s matchup marks the 11th time both teams play as AP Top 25 teams, with all 11 ranked meetings occurring since 2011.

In the 10 AP Top 25 matchups between Florida State and Miami, the Seminoles lead those meetings 6-4.

The Seminoles lead the Hurricanes 45-15 all-time and have won nine of the last 10 regular-season meetings. The two teams last met on Feb. 24, 2019, at the Watsco Center in a game won by Miami 64-54. The loss by FSU broke its streak of nine straight regular-season wins vs. Miami and six straight road wins over the Hurricanes.

Two of the best post players not only in the ACC but in the country go head-to-head on Sunday. Florida State forward Kiah Gillespie is averaging 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, while Miami’s Beatrice Mompremier averages 16.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. In last year’s two games vs. Miami, Gillespie averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Sunday’s matchup is another important RPI game, as Miami enters with the 25th-best RPI. FSU is 5-0 this season against the RPI Top 50 (wins vs. Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, LSU, St. John’s and Michigan). In those five games, senior Nausia Woolfolk has averaged 21.4 points and is shooting 57.5 percent (42-of-73) from the floor.

The Seminoles lead the conference in scoring offense in ACC play, averaging 85.3 points in their early conference games against Clemson (81-64), Virginia Tech (86-62) and Syracuse (89-90, OT). The next closest teams are NC State and Syracuse at 74.0 points per game vs. ACC opponents.

Since 2013, FSU has gone 21-5 in state rivalry games against Miami (15-4) and Florida (6-1).

Florida State has not been out-rebounded in 14 games this season and is 13th nationally in rebound margin at +11.8 per game. Over the last six years, FSU is out-rebounding opponents in 82.1 percent of its contests (179 of the last 218 games).

Since 2015, Florida State has recorded 24 AP Top 25 wins, with four of them coming against the Hurricanes. A win over No. 23 Miami would be the 48th AP Top 25 win under head coach Sue Semrau, and would push FSU to 4-0 this season against Top 25 teams.

The Seminoles have out-shot their opponents in 13 of their first 14 games. The exception was in their 74-70 win over St. John’s when the Red Storm shot 47.1 percent compared to FSU’s 46.7 percent.

FSU follows its rivalry game with back-to-back home games against two fast-rising ACC teams in Georgia Tech (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and North Carolina (Jan. 12, at 2 p.m.).

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