No. 13/10 Noles Power Past Stetson

Posted at 12:03 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 00:03:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – AJ Alix hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and No. 13 Florida State cruised to an 84-39 win over Stetson on Thursday night.

Nicki Ekhomu added 16 points off the bench, Imani Wright had 13, and Chatrice White and Ama Degbeon added 12 points apiece for the Seminoles (9-0). White also had 11 rebounds and five blocks.

Shakayla Thomas, who averaged 28.5 points in the previous four games, only scored eight on 4-of-12 shooting but moved into third on the FSU career field goal list with 686.

Ekhomu and Alix hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Seminoles closed the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 19-8. Alix then opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3s and the Hatters never challenged. It was 38-21 at the half with FSU shooting 52 percent, including 5 of 9 3-pointers. Stetson shot 30 percent, going 3 of 13 from distance. Alix had 14 points, on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4 of 4 treys.

FSU finished the game 9 of 18 from long range and shot 54 percent overall with a 46-26 rebounding advantage. Alix was 7-of-9 shooting and had six assists.

Brittney Chambers scored 19 points for Stetson (6-5).


• Florida State established season highs on Thursday night in field goal percentage (53.8 percent), blocked shots (8) and 3-point field goal percentage (50 percent).

• In just her ninth game played with FSU, AJ Alix already owns three of the top 18 performances in program history in terms of 3-point field goals made.

• Chatrice White tacked on her ninth double-double at FSU, third of the season and 33rd of her collegiate career. Her five blocks tied a career high.

• FSU more than doubled the Hatters in points inside, outscoring them 36-16 in the paint.

• FSU finished with just 11 turnovers, and six of them occurred in the first 14 minutes of the game.

• A key part of FSU’s win was a 16-0 run in the second quarter, bringing FSU’s lead from 9-8 to 25-8.

• Florida State’s win over Stetson lifts its record against Florida-based opponents to 30-4 over the last 34 games.

• FSU begins the season 9-0 for the third time in program history and the first time since 2009-10. A win over Arizona State on Sunday would tie that team for the second-best start in school history at 10-0.

• Sophomore guard Nausia Woolfolk, coming off a big performance at James Madison, did not play in Thursday’s game due to a hamstring injury.

• FSU has won 44 of its last 46 games played at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

• The win by the Seminoles on Thursday keeps Florida State as one of just three universities with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball programs. The other programs are Mississippi State and Villanova.