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No. 20 Women's Basketball ready for showdown at No. 11 UNC

  • Chris Nee

    FSU release:

    The No. 20/21-ranked Florida State women's basketball team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face No. 11/18-ranked North Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Carmichael Arena.

    The game will air live on ESPN3 and the radio broadcast will appear on 1270 AM WNLS in Tallahassee and on Seminoles.com.

    The Seminoles (17-3, 7-2 in the ACC) will be looking for their third win over a ranked opponent this season (Vanderbilt and Miami) and control of third-place in the ACC.

    The Tar Heels (19-2, 7-1 in the ACC) have won three straight against the Garnet and Gold, but FSU took down UNC in its last trip to Chapel Hill, 83-73, nearly three years ago on Feb. 1, 2010.

    "It is exciting," Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. "These are two teams that are playing really well - two teams that are in the thick of things in the conference title race. Certainly, it's a big game for both teams. We need to go in with a mindset that is similar to what we had when we went into Maryland. Our team learned from that experience. I'm excited to see our preparation and our mindset heading into Thursday's game."

    The Seminoles battled hard against then-No.8 Maryland on Jan. 6 in College Park, falling 71-64. FSU has been brilliant on the road in recent seasons, sporting a 25-8 record in away contests during conference play since 2008-09. Florida State holds a 5-2 overall road record this season, losing to the Terps and then-No. 25 Nebraska.

    Florida State takes a five-game win streak into Thursday's showdown and is coming off of wins over Georgia Tech (76-71) and Virginia Tech (70-56) in a three-day span last weekend.

    Senior post Chelsea Davis has been especially dominant in the past few games. She became the fourth Nole to win ACC Player of the Week honors this season on Monday after averaging 21.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and shooting 68 percent from the floor in the wins over the Yellow Jackets and Hokies. She leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.609) in conference-only contests.

    Following the trip to UNC, FSU will host Clemson on Sunday at 2 p.m. in its annual "Barefoot Game" with Samaritan's Feet. Semrau and her staff will coach barefoot in an effort to help Samaritan's Feet meet its goal of raising 10 million new pairs of shoes for 10 million people in 10 years.

    Traylor-Percy Named ACC Legend

    The Atlantic Coast Conference Wednesday announced its ninth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends. The Legends will be honored at the 2013 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 7-10 at the Greensboro Coliseum.

    The Legends will be honored at the annual ACC Women's Basketball Legends' Brunch on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m., and then will be introduced to the Coliseum crowd at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 9. The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors both players and coaches from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition. Tickets to the Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each and can be obtained by calling 1-336-369-4671. Quantities are limited.

    Included in this year's class are 12 former-student-athletes, who represent three decades of ACC Women's Basketball. Below is a complete list of this year's Legends, and the accolades from their playing careers.

    Florida State's representative is April Traylor-Percy, who played for the Noles from 1998-2002. Below is a bio on Traylor-Percy.

    FLORIDA STATE - April Traylor-Percy, Guard, Martinsville, Ind. (1998-2002) A four-year starter at guard for Florida State from 1998-2002, April Traylor earned All-ACC honors her junior and senior seasons and ranks sixth in career scoring in Seminole history with 1,503 points. In addition to scoring, Traylor ranks in the Top 10 in the FSU annuals in assists (fourth, 387), steals (fourth, 217) and three-point field goals (seventh, 115). The Martinsville, Ind., native paced the Seminoles in scoring (15.2 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (2.4 spg) during the 2000-01 season, leading FSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years. She scored 30 points to lead FSU past Tulane, 72-70, in the first round of the 2001"Big Dance." Traylor captured All-ACC third team accolades her junior season before nabbing All-ACC honorable mention honors her senior year. Traylor also was named to the ACC All-Freshman team and finished her career with an impressive 13.4 points per game average. Traylor-Percy graduated from Florida State with a degree in Sports/Business Administration in 2002. Traylor-Percy is married to Terry Percy. The couple has three children and is expecting their fourth child in April.

    For more information on Florida State women's basketball, follow the Seminoles on Twitter @FSU_WBasketball and like their official Facebook page.

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.