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Noles enters in the middle of the Miami road swing

FSU earned back-to-back Top 40 NET wins in Sunday’s game against the Hurricanes, who rank 72nd in the latest NET. The Seminoles beat Notre Dame at home last Sunday, 70-65, as the Irish were ranked 12th in the NET. FSU’s recent road win came at Duke, which was ranked 39th in the NET. Currently, the Seminoles are 50th in the NET standings.

The Seminoles continue to be managed by Senior CLASS Award finalist Morgan Jones. The Jonesboro, Georgia native is averaging 14.7 points, nearly doubling the next closest player on the scoring list. She led FSU with 13 points in their 59-56 win at Duke on Thursday, her 18th double-digit game of the season and the 13th time she’s led the Seminoles in scoring in 20 games played.

FSU continues to navigate its challenging remaining schedule for the season. Based on current NET rankings, FSU still has road games at Miami (72), Syracuse (87) and Pittsburgh (97) and home games against Boston College (56), North Carolina (5) and Georgia Tech (19).

During its two-game winning streak against quality opponents Notre Dame and Duke, the Seminoles combined to shoot 49% (51 of 104) while holding those two teams to just 36.3% (45 of 124) of the ground. In its last game, FSU held Duke to just 31.8 percent shooting (21 of 66).

Junior center River Baldwin’s impact was felt at Duke on Thursday: FSU beat the Blue Devils 21-13 when on the floor and went 38-43 when off the bench.

FSU closed out a tight game against the Blue Devils in a big way on Thursday. The Seminoles shot 57.1 percent in the fourth quarter to complete their biggest road win of the season.

Junior guard Sammie Puisis has regained his confidence since the start of the new year, shooting 47.2% (17 of 36) from 3 points in that span. Her improved defensive game was a big reason why she earned multiple starts this season in a year where the Seminoles had 11 different starting combinations due to injuries and COVID-19 protocols.

The Seminoles have won seven of their last nine road games against the Hurricanes. Head coach Sue Semrau will coach his 39th game against Miami on Sunday. In his career, which does not include the 2020-21 season, FSU is 28-10 against the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes’ center point continues to be Kelsey Marshall, who is averaging 14.0 points but also holds the team’s second-highest assists total at 62. She scored 21 points in the first meeting of the season between Miami and FSU.