TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points and Ivey Slaughter had 13 points with 10 rebounds to lead No. 14 Florida State to a 70-48 win over Virginia on Thursday night.
Kai James added 10 points, all in the first half when the Seminoles (15-4, 5-1 ACC) opened a 30-23 lead. Thomas finished 10 of 13 from the field, going 8 of 11 in the second half, when Florida State shot 52 percent to pull away.
Breyana Mason led Virginia (13-7, 3-3) with 15 points.
Slaughter and Thomas each made two baskets as the Seminoles stretched a 34-29 lead to 42-29 late in the third quarter. After two baskets by the Cavaliers, the duo combined for the last six points of the quarter to make it 48-33.
Florida State had a 42-36 rebounding advantage and forced 22 turnovers that led to 15 points, and its points-in-the-paint advantage was 50-18.
POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
· Florida State’s win extended its school-record home win streak to 28 games overall and 12 games vs. ACC opponents.
· Since 2001, FSU head coach Sue Semrau is 16-14 against the Cavaliers. Prior to 2001, the Seminoles were 0-20.
· FSU out-rebounded Virginia 42-26 (+16), giving it a +82 rebound margin in its five-game win streak in ACC play.
· The win by the Seminoles matches their second-best six-game start in ACC play in program history at 5-1.
· Junior forward Ivey Slaughter gathered her 17th career double-double to tie senior Adut Bulgak for the team lead. Slaughter had 13 points (4-of-7) and 10 rebounds. Her 17 career double-doubles is tied for the third-most among active players in the ACC.
· Junior Brittany Brown added three steals tonight to total 199 for her career. She is looking to become just the eighth Seminole to record 200 or more steals in a career.
· The Seminoles are now 78-36 in ACC play since the 2008-09 season.
· Sophomore Shakayla Thomas’ 20 points included 16 scored in the second half. She has made 10+ field goals in four games this season, finishing 10-of-13 vs. the Hoos.
· The Seminoles are 14-0 this season when holding their opponents to under 40 percent shooting. Virginia shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51).
· Perhaps the stat of the game: FSU assisted on 24 of its 28 field goals made, equating to 85.7 percent to mark the highest percentage this season.
· Senior Emiah Bingley is 12-of-12 so far from the free throw line in ACC play. Junior Leticia Romero is 13-of-13 for the season from the charity stripe.
· For the third time in her career, Adut Bulgak recorded four assists to tie her career high.
· Emiah Bingley tied her career high with six dimes.
· Junior center Kai James posted her third double-figure game of the season with 10 points while adding eight boards.
· Despite shooting just 31.6 percent (12-of-38) in the first half, FSU shot 51.6 percent (16-of-31) in the second half.
· The Seminoles recorded just 12 turnovers, tied for its lowest in ACC play. FSU allowed just four points off turnovers.
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU QUOTES
STATEMENT ON THE WIN OVER VIRGINIA:
“Yeah, you know, Virginia, wow they’re tough. They have great guard play, they are missing one of their best guards who’s out with a thumb, a broken thumb, and I just thought they put up a great fight. Defensively they were very good, we did not shoot the ball well in the first half. I think I credit their defense for that. Again, when we were able to get the kids that were in foul trouble when we got them more minutes in the second half; offensively we were a much better team.”
ON THE PLAY OF JUNIOR CENTER KAI JAMES:
“Wasn’t she fun to watch? Yeah she just, boy she’s come so far and it’s not just on the offensive end but it’s rebounding the basketball as well. She gives us something really special. I think Shakayla (Thomas) played two minutes and Adut (Bulgak) played maybe 5- 6 minutes in the first half, and to have Kai and Ivey (Slaughter) get into foul trouble as well and you have Kai and Ama (Degbeon) who can do what they do in this big ACC game, that was important.”
ON THE TEAM MOVING THE BALL EFFECTIVELY TONIGHT:
“Well, you know we talked a lot about cutting down our turnovers, you know we finally feel like defensively we’re a little bit more solid rebounding the ball, we’re more solid, so the next step really for us was making sure that we took care of the basketball. There was one stretch where we kind of went back to our old selves, but to have only four points off of turnovers allowed, I think that speaks volumes. And really when you take care of the ball, and you pass it better, and you wait for those opportunities, I think we get better shots and that way they are assisted instead of just one on one.”
ON THE CAUSE OF THE TEAM’S RESURGENCE
“You might want to ask these guys. I mean they are just working. And you know I think that happens a lot in college basketball, is you work, you work, you work and there comes a time where the light bulb starts to come on and we’re seeing that. We’re not satisfied, we still have work to do but you know, I just credit these guys.”
ON SHAKAYLA THOMAS’ DUNK ATTEMPT:
“I hope that she will have an opportunity again; Shakayla is extremely talented, athletically. I mean she’s what 5 foot 10? Maybe? Yeah I’m going to give her answer- I’m going to make sure she gives the right answer. Because again, that’s not what defines her and it was exciting, it’s fun, I hope we see that again, but it’s not what defines her. And seriously, the reason that she was coming off the bench is because she’s growing defensively, and now I look at her growth defensively and I love putting her on great post players. She’s so active and she’s come so far so I really feel like we have six starters and she’s just the spark off the bench.”
ON THE CHALLENGE OF FACING NO. 16 MIAMI ON THE ROAD:
“Yeah we’ve historically been a really good road team, and we weren’t obviously the first game of the year, and so we wanted to reestablish ourselves the last two games prior to being at home. We love playing here. Obviously going to Miami, it’s quite a rivalry. I have a lot of respect for the program; it will be a great basketball game.”
ON THE BACK AND FORTH BATTLES WITH VIRGINIA IN HER TIME HERE:
“I had a player back my first year named Jen Robinson. And Jen Robinson, all she wanted to do was beat Virginia. And I thought that was really strange, I didn’t know- I mean but they were a Final Four team, you know back in the day, and so she really instilled that and her senior year we beat Virginia. And so from that point on you have to keep grinding it out. And they’re a great program and very well coached, it’s exciting to be around.”
SOPHOMORE SHAKAYLA THOMAS:
ON HER DUNK ATTEMPT IN THE SECOND HALF:
“If I have an open opportunity, maybe, I have to be more confident about it but right now it’s just layups.”
ON COMING OFF THE BENCH:
“Yeah, it’s just something I learned to embrace now, coming off the bench it’s like helping my team improve, constantly improving and letting the game come to me and not forcing it”
ON THE TEAM BEING IN SYNC OFFENSIVELY:
“Like Ivey said, as posts we drive to get our guards open and as guards they drive to get us open so it’s basically all of us just helping each other grow and giving good shots and not forcing anything.”
JUNIOR IVEY SLAUGHTER:
ON TAKING THE NEXT STEP AS A TEAM:
“I think we’re a really good team but I think once we learn how to play with each other, kind of like what we did today, it takes us a step further to being that really great team that we can be and I think we will be hard to guard, we were hard to guard already off of one-on-one penetration but once we get by our defenders and make the extra pass, you can see how we assisted 80% of our shots. I think it really helps us take that next step to us being really good.”
ON WHAT HAS ALLOWED THIS TEAM TO OVERCOME ITS ACC-OPENING LOSS:
“I think realizing how good we really are and knowing that if we cut down on our turnovers we can be very good. I think we knew how hard it was going into ACC but I think that it kind of woke us up a little bit knowing that we have to play every possession, we can’t take any possessions off and I think everybody has that mind set of we have to go out and get it and we have to play together and it all starts on defense.”
ON THE TEAM’S REBOUNDING EFFORT
“I think we have rebuilt our identity in rebounding. Our coach is really hard on rebounding. Our practices, we practice two day prep, we practiced not just running behind someone but how to get around, how to fight around, and I think we put that into perspective today.”