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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State women’s basketball returns from the holiday break to start its first of two straight road games this week, facing Wake Forest Thursday on ACC Network Extra at 7 p.m. at LJVM Coliseum.

Florida State and Wake Forest meet for the 51st time Thursday night when the Seminoles Road opener (6-5, 0-1) in the ACC game.

FSU and the Demon Deacons (10-2, 0-1) last played their ACC regular season final in Tallahassee on February 28, 2021, in a game that was won by the Seminoles 59- 51. The game had key implications for the ACC tournament and the NCAA playoffs, as FSU used a late-scoring streak in the fourth quarter to ultimately land another double bye in the conference tournament and the No. 4.

Head guard Kourtney Weber has performed well against Wake Forest in recent years, averaging 14.0 points while shooting 59.3% (16 of 27) against the Demon Deacons in the past three meetings. On FSU’s last trip to LJVM Coliseum on Jan.28, 2021, the New Orleans native set new career highs in points (22), rebounds (6), goals scored (8) and goals attempted (16 ).

The Seminoles have had solid production from their bench, averaging 30.7 points in their last six games played. During that span, they racked up 28 bench points against Virginia Tech, 33 against Houston, 22 in Florida, 31 against Charleston Southern, 39 against Illinois and 31 against Purdue.

Senior full-back Morgan Jones ranks in the ACC Top 13 in points (sixth; 15.2 points), rebounds (13th; 6.7 rebounds) and field goal percentage (third; 53 , 6 percent). First-year forward Makayla Timpson leads the FSU ACC’s top shot-blocking unit with 17 total blocks this season. The Edison, Ga. Native is the ACC’s top freshman tackle and is tied for sixth nationally by a freshman.

Florida State’s 5.7 blocked shots per game lead the ACC and rank 17th in the country.

FSU are 32-18 against Wake Forest, winning nine of the last 10 games but falling to the Demon Deacons, 73-59, on their last visit to the LJVM Coliseum on January 28, 2021.

Florida State has passed its opponents in 10 of its 11 games. Its +8.4 rebound margin ranks 37th nationally.

Wake Forest was carried by solid play from sophomore guard Jewel Spear, who leads the ACC in scoring with 21.4 points per game. The Colony, Texas native recently lost 40 points to East Tennessee State on Dec. 13.

Only two of Wake Forest’s opponents have shot more than 40 percent this season. The Demon Deacons rank 19th nationally in rebound margin with +10.7 rebounds per game.

Wake Forest gained momentum after returning to the NCAA tournament in 2021 for the first time since the 1987-88 season, reaching the field of 64 for the second time in the program’s history.

After Thursday’s game, FSU travels to Syracuse for a 2 p.m. clash Sunday on ACC Network Extra.