Team of the Week: Florida State notches statement win vs. Louisville
Off to its best start in school history, Florida State has reeled off six consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victories to move into contention for a run at the ACC crown as the regular season heads into the final five weeks.
Florida State, 19-2 overall and 6-1 in ACC play, had a statement home win against No. 4 ranked Louisville, 68-63 on Jan. 22. It was Florida State’s second top-15 win of the season after defeating then-No. 13 Duke 74-58 on Jan. 11. Maegan Conwright paced the Seminoles with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting against Louisville, which included three 3-pointers. The redshirt senior has now drained three or more 3-pointers in a game seven times this season, including four times already in conference play.
The Seminoles momentum continued in a 110-80 rout of Wake Forest on Jan. 25. The 110 points tied for their second-most in program history and their highest amount since defeating Stetson 114-71 on Feb. 6, 1991, which is the school record. Florida State’s 110 points was its most scored vs. ACC competition, eclipsing its 102-93 victory against Boston College on Jan. 27, 2011. Florida State made 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, tying a school record for 3-point field goals made. The Seminoles also set season highs for field goals made (40), assists (24) and field goal attempts (79). Five players scored in double figures in the win over Wake Forest as Morgan Jones (16), Adut Bulgak (15), Ivey Slaughter (14), Brittany Brown (11) and Conwright (11) led the balanced attack.
A key for Florida State this season has been its work on the glass, as the Seminoles have out-rebounded every opponent this season and average 44.2 rebounds per game compared to 31.2 for their opponents. In the win against Wake Forest, Bulgak claimed her 10th double-double of the season by adding 10 rebounds, which was right at her team-leading average of 10.1 per game.
The Seminoles return to action on Jan. 30 at Georgia Tech. Games to circle on the remaining schedule include a home-and-home with Miami (Fla.) on Feb. 8 (Tallahassee) and March 1 (Miami) and a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C. to play North Carolina on Feb. 12.