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Florida State faces Florida in Gainesville on Sunday


TALLAHASSEE, Florida ( – The 83rd meeting between rivals Florida State (6-2) and Florida (8-3) takes place Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville at 1 p.m. on the SEC network.

The Gators lead the all-time series 44-38, but under head coach Sue Semrau (since 1997, not including last year’s game), the Seminoles lead the series 13-12.

The Seminoles have won five straight games against the Gators heading into Sunday afternoon’s game, which includes an 81-75 season opener in Tallahassee last year, behind Morgan Jones’ 22 points. Last year’s game was interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff’s first head coach. FSU’s five-game winning streak in the series is the longest since seven straight wins from 1978 to 1980.

Florida State seniors Valencia Myers, Kourtney Weber and Morgan Jones have the opportunity to finish 4-0 against Florida in their FSU careers with a victory on Sunday. Two years ago, Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk became the first seniors to go unbeaten against UF when the Seminoles claimed a 66-55 victory on their last trip to Gainesville in 2019.

The Seminoles continue to have success against other teams in Sunshine State, going 46-6 in their last 52 games against teams from Florida State. This season, FSU is 2-0 with home wins over UNF (78-50) and Jacksonville (64-39).

Senior FSU and returning All-American Morgan Jones has been selected as one of 30 women’s basketball contenders for the Senior CLASS Award. Jones’ off-court leadership qualities include being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, serving on various sub-committees of the FSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), mentoring new students from freshman for FSU’s Summer Bridge program and to train the black student athlete. Association.

Jones currently has a seven-game double-digit streak, the longest of his career. His last longest stretch was four straight games last year, from Dec.31 to Jan.31. 24 (15 at Virginia Tech, 14 at Louisville, 36 against Clemson in 2OT and 14 at Georgia Tech).

In FSU’s last five games, first-year goaltender O’Mariah Gordon shot 12 of 23 from the floor and averaged 5.6 points off the bench. Gordon was Florida State’s top ranked player in the 2021 signing class.

FSU has been successful this season in the blocked shots department, leading the ACC with 6.4 blocked shots per game. Of all the ACC schools, FSU leads the conference for the fewest personal fouls per game at 14.0 (tied for 25th nationally).

The Gators come off a 60-57 home win over Atlantic 10 favorite Dayton. Junior guard Lavender Briggs led UF with 18 points, while graduate guard Kiara Smith added 12 points, nine rebounds and seven. assists.

After Sunday’s tilt with UF, FSU heads home next week starting with their Youth Basketball Night game against Houston at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. Children wearing their youth or school league jerseys can purchase tickets for just $ 3.

Santa will also compete in the Thursday night FSU contest against Houston and visit the kids until the start of the second half.

Fans in attendance can also enter to win an Amazon Echo Dot at the Marketing Table.