TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Leticia Romero hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Emiah Bingley added a third as No. 19 Florida State opened with an 11-0 run in a 75-42 rout of Boston College in the Seminoles’ Atlantic Coast Conference home opener Thursday night.
Florida State (11-4, 1-1) built a 26-10 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 39-15 by intermission. The Seminoles shot 48.1 percent from the field (26 of 54), 9 of 19 from distance, and held a 35-30 advantage on the boards.
Romero shot 6 of 10 from the field, including 2 of 4 from beyond the arc, and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Shakayla Thomas added 14 points off the bench and Bingley added 10 points and six assists.
Mariella Fasoula scored 13 points to lead Boston College (11-2, 0-2) and Nicole Boudreau added another 11 points.
GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Junior guard Brittany Brown recorded a career-best eight steals vs. Boston College. She entered tonight’s game sixth nationally in total steals and now has 57 for the season. Brown moves up to 12th all-time in career steals at FSU with 188.
• Florida State improves to 13-1 all-time against Boston College as well as 6-0 at home vs. the Eagles.
• FSU has won nine of its last 11 ACC home openers.
• The Seminoles’ had a game-opening 11-0 run and then a 10-0 run going into the second half, their 21st and 22nd runs this season of 10-0 or greater.
• For the first time this season, FSU had five players in double figures: Leticia Romero (14), Shakayla Thomas (14), Adut Bulgak (12), Emiah Bingley (10) and Brittany Brown (10).
• Boston College shot 32.7 percent from the floor (16-of-49), the eighth time this season an opponent has shot below 35 percent.
• FSU forced 25 turnovers, its second-most forced this season behind the 26 miscues it created against Sam Houston State.
• Junior Ivey Slaughter recorded six rebounds tonight to bring her career total to 571, tying former player Brenda Cliette (1982-83, 1986-87) for 17th on the career list.
• Senior Adut Bulgak finished 3-of-4 from downtown, giving her seven makes in her last 10 attempts from beyond the arc. Bulgak finished with 12 points and nine boards.
• Senior Emiah Bingley notched 10 points and added a career-high six assists along with just one turnover on the night. As a team, FSU recorded just 12 turnovers, its third-lowest output of the season.
• FSU’s nine 3-point field goals made was its second-highest this season, behind only its 10 3-pointers made vs. Mercer.
• Sophomore Shakayla Thomas once again notched double figures with 14 points, her 14th double-figure scoring game in 15 games. Thomas went 4-of-8 from the floor, shooting 50 percent or better in 14 of 15 games.
FLORIDA STATE POST-GAME QUOTES
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU:
“We really had an emphasis on our defense. To hold an ACC team to 42 points was really impressive, especially the way we have been playing. We started with Brittany (Brown) and Emiah (Bingley) on their great shooters. They did a tremendous job and everybody followed suit.”
Coach, can you talk a little bit about Brittany’s hustle out there? She had eight steals and she leads the ACC in steals. How important is it even if she’s not shooting too well to get those hustling plays for the team?
“That’s what everyone counts on Brittany to do. That’s why her teammates understand that she brings the energy. With her up there and in the passing lanes, we’ve got some great athletes. Look at Emiah and Ivey (Slaughter) and even Leticia (Romero); even the job she did tonight defensively, I was very pleased with. When you look at Shakayla (Thomas) and the opportunity that she had to guard a 6-foot-5 kid and work to get around, I thought they all did a great job.”
Between this game and last what was the biggest difference you saw?
“Our pressure. I think we have been working really hard offensively. It doesn’t just happen, it was something we had to work on, and work through. These guys have really been working hard on their chemistry on the court, and it’s not easy. It is one of those things where everyone just expects chemistry to come, but they have worked extremely hard to create that. It was fun to see them rewarded for that tonight.”
Do you think tonight was an example of the defense dictating the pace for the offense?
“Absolutely, no question. That had to be our focus. I think we were so worried how good we were going to be offensively that our defensive effort has slipped. They have really bought in the last couple days of practice. Ever since that game up at Louisville we gave up way too many points. We don’t give up that many points. This is a Florida State team that can be a great defense.”
What is it like seeing so many of the players firing it in?
“Normal, that’s what we do. It was so fun to see that happen, we have been working really hard. We still have a lot of work to do. Georgia Tech is a great basketball team coming in; they are always tough to play. We still have a lot to do.”
Would you say tonight was an example of you guys at your best?
“Yeah I would, best this season. The growth has shown. We were rewarded for that work, but they earned it tonight and that was different. No one wanted anything handed to them, they all earned it.”
Can you talk about your performance?
“I just have to credit my teammates for the assists. They are the ones who put it in the hole and that is a great job on their part. On shooting, I was just telling coach I wasn’t thinking out there and defense was our emphasis tonight and that was what I was focused on.”