How to watch: Florida State women's basketball at Houston Cougars
Who: FSU (4-0) at Houston (1-2)
When/Where: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Fertitta Center in Houston
TV/Radio: ESPN+/96.5 FM
More on the FSU women's win over Florida:Florida State women's basketball: Seminoles use big fourth to blow out rival Gators
A closer look at this FSU women's basketball team:How Florida State women's basketball will look much different under new coach Brooke Wyckoff
FSU men's basketball:Florida State men's basketball searching for spark in rivalry clash with Florida
Three-pointers: FSU is looking to start 5-0 for the first time since the 2019-20 season. … These two teams have only met one other time in history, which came last season and resulted in Houston winning, 78-68, in Tallahassee. … Ta’Niya Latson, the standout freshman guard for the Seminoles who is averaging 28.3 points per game, claimed ACC Player and Rookie of the Week honors this past Tuesday. She became the first player to sweep both awards since Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner in 2015. … Five FSU players – Latson (32), Mariana Valenzuela (13), Makayla Timpson (13), Jazmine Massengill (12) and O’Mariah Gordon – reached double figures in scoring in a 92-77 win over Florida on Wednesday. … The Cougars were picked to finish second in the AAC and received two first-place votes in the Coaches Poll. … Houston coach Ronald Hughey served as an assistant coach for FSU’s coaching staff from 2012-14.
What FSU needs to do to win: As one of only 15 teams nationally to average at least 90 points per game, the Seminoles are mostly 4-0 because of their high-powered offense. But FSU might lean on its defense to win this game. The Cougars have one of the worst offenses in the country so far, coming in at No. 267 in scoring (60 points per game), No. 339 in field goal percentage (29.8%) and No. 343 in three-point field goal percentage (15.4%). What could be challenging for the Seminoles, though, is if they continue to have only eight players available. Guard Taylor O’Brien (lower leg injury) and forward Valencia Myers (concussion protocol) missed the Florida game with injuries. If O’Brien and Myers remain out, FSU would need to stay energized and disciplined while playing short handed on the road.
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