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Two Seminoles named WBCA All-Americans

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 11:26:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Florida State Women’s Basketball’s Kiah Gillespie and Nicki Ekhomu were honored on Thursday as part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s honorable mention All-Americans, announced by the organization.

The selections mark the ninth time in program history that Florida State has had two or more All-Americans in a single season. It also happened in 1983, 1991, 1993, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It last occurred when FSU Alumna Shakayla Thomas and Imani Wright earned All-America honors in 2018.

Ekhomu, a Bolingbrook, Ill., native, caps her career with her first All-America selection. She has emerged as a potential pick in the WNBA Draft after becoming one of the ACC’s best point guards. This past season, she finished in the Top 7 in ACC play in scoring (16.0), field goal percentage (46.3), assists (5.1) and assist/turnover ratio (1.88).

The versatile player became just the fourth Seminole to amass 1,000+ points, 300+ assists and 100+ 3s (joins Courtney Ward, Leticia Romero, April Traylor) in a career. She is only the 12th Seminole with 1,400 career points, finishing with 1,414.

Gillespie earns her third post-season All-America honor in 2020, adding Thursday’s selection to her honors from the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association. She tied for the second-fastest Seminole ever to score 1,000 career points, doing it in just 64 career games at FSU.

The Meriden, Conn., native proved to be at her best against big-time competition, which could play very well for her at the next level. In 2019-20, she averaged 21.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 52.6 percent shooting (61-116) and 41.9 percent from downtown (18-43) in eight AP Top 25 games.