February 6, 2016 - by
No. 10 #FSUWBB Reaches School-Record 10-Game ACC Win Streak

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Shakayla Thomas scored 14 points and No. 10 Florida State beat Duke 69-53 on Thursday night for its 10th straight win.

Kai James added 11 points for the Seminoles (20-4, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They never trailed, shot 46 percent and overcame 19 turnovers by forcing 22 of them in their first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2001.

Freshman Angela Salvadores had 13 points for the Blue Devils (17-9, 6-6), who lost their third in four games and already have their most conference losses since finishing with seven in 1996-97.

Duke shot 39 percent, had at least 20 turnovers for the ninth time and finished with more giveaways than made field goals (20).

The Blue Devils pulled to 49-42 on Rebecca Greenwell’s 3-pointer with 6 minutes left. Florida State countered with baskets on five straight trips downcourt, with Adut Bulgak’s jumper made it 59-46 with 2½ minutes left.

Maria Conde finished with 10 points for the Seminoles, who outrebounded Duke 43-32 in a matchup of the ACC’s top two teams on the boards. Florida State entered with a rebounding margin of plus-14.3 while the Blue Devils were second at plus-8.6.

Thomas, who averaged a team-best 18.5 points during the first nine games of the winning streak, was 7 of 15 from the field.

Duke played without leading scorer and rebounder Azura Stevens for the third straight game. The sophomore, who averages 19.1 points and 9.4 rebounds, has a torn plantar fascia in her left foot, and she was in a walking boot as she watched from the bench in warmups.

 

No. 10 #FSUWBB Reaches School-Record 10-Game ACC Win Streak

 

POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• The Seminoles have now reached a 10-game win streak in ACC play, setting a school record for most consecutive wins vs. ACC competition.
• FSU has its sights on sweeping Duke and UNC this week, playing the Tar Heels on Sunday at 2 p.m. FSU is looking for its fourth Duke-UNC sweep in a season.
• Bench points were one of the key stats in Thursday’s win: FSU outscored Duke 35-12 behind 11 points from junior center Kai James and 10 points from freshman Maria Conde, who tied a career high with two 3-pointers.
• The Seminoles sealed the game with a strong shooting fourth period, shooting 56.3 percent in the final period.
• FSU broke a nine-game skid at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Noles had not won on Duke’s home court since Feb. 8, 2001.
• FSU is now 25-3 in its last 28 ACC games and has consecutive wins over Duke.
• Sophomore Shakayla Thomas led the Seminoles with 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting, just her third game this season where she shot below 50 percent.
• FSU’s 10-1 start to the ACC season ties the program record for best 11-game start with the 2008-09 team.
• Since 2008-09, the Seminoles are now 83-36 in ACC play and 41-19 on the road.
• Duke is the 15th opponent FSU has forced 20+ turnovers against this season.
• FSU has reached its 10th 20-win season under the leadership of Sue Semrau, including the seventh in the last eight years.
• Florida State took a 15-11 lead in the first period against Duke, tying Duke’s second-lowest scoring output in the first this season.
• FSU held a 27-20 halftime lead over the Blue Devils, Duke’s third-lowest halftime point total this season.

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