TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Adut Bulgak had 19 points and 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, leading No. 10 Florida State to a 94-63 win over North Carolina on Sunday.
The Seminoles (21-4, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had six players score in double figures in their biggest victory against the Tar Heels. Their previous best was an 85-66 win at North Carolina during the 1992-93 season.
The Seminoles led 41-35 at halftime and then put the game away by outscoring the Tar Heels 27-11 in the third quarter. Bulgak, who has 18 career double-doubles, scored nine points in the quarter as the Seminoles extended their winning streak to 11.
Stephanie Watts led North Carolina (14-13, 4-8) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Destinee Walker added 18 points and Hillary Summers had 12.
Florida State scored the first 10 points of the game and led 25-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Seminoles began the second quarter 3 of 17 from the field as North Carolina came back to tie it at 33 on a Walker 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining.
POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• For the first time this season Florida State totaled six student-athletes with double-figure points: Adut Bulgak (19), Emiah Bingley (15), Leticia Romero (15), Ivey Slaughter (12), Shakayla Thomas (11) and Kai James (10).
• The Seminoles out-paced UNC in three key categories: Points in the paint (50-14), second-chance points (20-3) and bench points (29-3).
• FSU’s 94 points scored is the fourth time it has reached 90+ points this season and is tied for its third-most scored.
• The 31-point win by the Seminoles was their largest margin of victory ever over the Tar Heels, eclipsing their 19-point win of 85-66 on Jan. 10, 1993.
• FSU out-scored UNC in the second half 53-28, including a breakaway 27-11 third period. The Seminoles shot 57.9 percent (22-of-38) in the second half.
• Senior center Adut Bulgak’s 19 points and season-high tying 14 rebounds marked her 18th career double-double at FSU, sitting eighth on the school’s list.
• FSU’s 11-game win streak is one shy of tying the program record of 12 straight victories from Nov. 19, 2004-Dec. 28, 2004. All 11 consecutive wins have come in ACC play, a program record.
• The Seminoles defeated both Duke (69-53) and UNC (94-63) this week, marking the fourth season that FSU has defeated both Tobacco Road programs.
• The win by FSU extends its home win streak to 31 consecutive games, soaring past the previous school record of 13 straight games from 2009-10 to 2010-11.
• FSU’s 51 rebounds mark the fifth time the Seminoles have amassed 50+ boards this season, and the sixth time FSU has recorded 20+ offensive rebounds (finished with 21 vs. the Tar Heels).
• Over her last four games, senior guard Emiah Bingley is 12-of-19 from 3-point range after making four more from beyond the arc. She tied her season high of 15 points for the third time this season.
• Junior center Kai James added 10 points to give her five double-figure games this year, which was her career total entering the season.
• Sophomore Shakayla Thomas’ 11 points was her 23rd double-figure game in 24 games played this season.
• FSU improves to 18-0 this season when holding opponents to under 40 percent, and 11-0 when holding opponents to under 35 percent. UNC shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) vs. FSU.
• Over FSU’s 11-game win streak, it has led for 415 minutes, 18 seconds of 440 possible minutes.
• FSU has not out-rebounded its opponents in 60 of its last 64 games played.
FSU HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU:
“Great team effort. I mean a big win over a strong program. I thought they were extremely explosive but the difference was in the paint. We knew that would be the case. To put that in perspective, you look at our assists and you see 23 assists to 11 turnovers. We knew we were going to get high-quality shots, high percentage shots. And I felt our post, Adut and Kai and Ivey, they were just relentless and that’s the difference.”
On whether this was the team’s best offensive performance:
“No, and again it’s not that it wasn’t strong in those categories but I still feel like we had some hesitation and you know there’s been a couple of games where I felt like maybe we’re flowing a little bit more but obviously production shows that we’re getting there.”
On if she was happy with the team’s defensive effort:
“Yes and no. I thought the first quarter we were strong and then we let them have a big second quarter. We wanted to make sure that after we had a big third quarter they didn’t come back and have a big fourth quarter. I thought we came back and did a good job.”
On the keys to Sunday’s win:
“I felt like we were getting everything that we wanted and that’s why we pride ourselves on our defense and rebounding, because you just don’t know when those shots are going to fall or not. So certainly, that was our emphasis and what we were able to do on the defensive end and I wasn’t pleased with what we did defensively in the second quarter and I never want our lack of offense to translate to the defensive end.”
On the team’s offensive progression:
“We love it when our defense dictates our offense. I felt like we got a lot of opportunity to run, we make great decisions. We just continue to try to get better. After the Duke game I felt like we were a little complacent and we really challenged them. I felt like they really stepped up the next day and obviously this afternoon but we’re not finished yet.”
On how much this team has to improve with an 11-game win streak:
“We have so much to improve. I told them they can enjoy this one tonight, but when they wake up in the morning they need to be thinking about the next one. This is a great team to do that, they are very mature and they know it is one game at a time. They know how tough Syracuse will be on the road on Thursday night.”
On getting caught up in the stats:
“I don’t look at the stats honestly. When I do look at the stats and I see us at the top of the conference it’s surprising. We are leading the league in scoring. I don’t think we feel like we are where we want to be yet. That’s what I love about this team, they believe that and they want to get better.”
On where FSU has evolved the most:
“[We have evolved most this season] in our chemistry. We have worked really hard to weed out anything that could get in the way of us being the best we can. With women, we are a work in progress all the time. We have feelings, we are sensitive, not that guys don’t. But they are much more level and we have learned how to be. I like who I see when I look at my team. That’s been the hardest work I think, but the biggest growth.”