TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Junior guard Nausia Woolfolk led the way for the Seminoles on Thursday in a 79-46 victory over Jacksonville University at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.
Woolfolk registered 17 points for Florida State, with a career-high five three-pointers. The junior captain added four assists, tying a team high, and four rebounds on the evening.
“Right now our defense is a strong point,” Woolfolk said after the game. “Like Coach Sue says, ‘If you defend, your offense will always come.’ So defense is our strong point and we’ve been focusing on that. It gives us energy and momentum.”
The Seminoles tied a program record with 12 three-pointers, shooting 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from beyond the arc. Florida State has reached the mark on five prior occasions, the most recent being last season in their 105-67 rout of Miami at the Tucker Center.
Redshirt junior forward Kiah Gillespie contributed 14 points and six rebounds for the Seminoles, while reigning ACC Rookie of the Week Valencia Myers added 14 points of her own and led the team with three blocks. In addition, she tied a team high with eight rebounds.
Gillespie and Myers are the only two Seminoles to have scored in double figures in each of the four games this season.
Junior guard Nicki Ekhomu made her presence known at the point guard spot, with 13 points and four assists on the night. Although held scoreless, sophomore guard Savannah Wilkinson shared the team high with Myers for rebounds, registering a career high of eight.
The Seminoles took control of the game with an 18-0 run toward the end of the second quarter that lasted just over five and a half minutes. Throughout that stretch, Florida State forced five turnovers by the Dolphins and scored four of their 12 three-pointers on the evening.
Overall, Florida State shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the floor while holding Jacksonville to just 34 percent (18-of-53).
On Sunday at 2 p.m. the Seminoles will return home for the final contest of their five-game homestand to face the LSU Tigers. The game will serve as a blackout game, with all fans encouraged to wear black. The first 250 fans to arrive will receive a black rally towel.