January 1, 2016 - by
#FSUWBB Drop ACC Opener at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Seminoles.com) — The No. 15/13 Florida State Women’s Basketball team fell at Louisville, 79-69, in its ACC opener on Friday afternoon in front of 9,126 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.

Senior center Adut Bulgak led the Seminoles with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while sophomore Shakayla Thomas chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior center Kai James added nine points and eight rebounds.

FSU was hurt by 24 turnovers forced from the Cardinals (9-5, 1-0), while UofL was very careful with the basketball and only committed 10 turnovers. Louisville’s Mariya Moore had 20 points, including four 3-point field goals, and guard Briahanna Jackson added 15 for UofL.

The Seminoles (10-4, 0-1) out-rebounded UofL 41-30, and totaled 29 bench points to the Cardinals’ 11. However, a 19-6 first-period deficit proved to be too large a hole for FSU to overcome as it never took a lead the rest of the game.

FSU plays its next two games at home as part of conference play, hosting Boston College on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. and facing Georgia Tech on Jan. 10.


#FSUWBB Drop ACC Opener at Louisville
•    FSU had a 38-29 deficit at halftime vs. Louisville, just its second halftime deficit of the season.
•    Senior center Adut Bulgak’s 22 points were a career-high for her in ACC play; Bulgak also tied a career best with four 3-point field goals made.
•    Sophomore Shakayla Thomas notched double figures for the ninth consecutive game and the 13th time in 14 games this year; Thomas has shot 50 percent or better in 13 of her 14 games this season.
•    Kai James’ eight rebounds are a career high for her in ACC play.
•    Friday’s game was the third consecutive year FSU opened up ACC play on the road; FSU also played on New Year’s Day for the first time ever.
•    FSU won the rebounding battle 41-30, and has now out-rebounded opponents in 50 of the last 53 games.
•    FSU made seven 3-point field goals, which was its average over the last four games entering Friday’s contest.
•    Louisville’s 10 turnovers were a season low forced by the Seminoles; the previous low was 13 vs. UConn.
•    FSU lost the battle for second-chance points for just the second time this season, falling 24-20 in the category.
•    FSU shot 49.1 percent from the floor (28-of-57), exceeding its season average of 48.2 percent entering the game.
•    Junior Brittany Brown added three more steals to equal 49 for the season. She is third nationally in total steals.
•    FSU assisted on 60.1 percent of its made field goals today (17-of-28), the eighth time it has done that this year.
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