TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Shakayla Thomas scored 22 points and No. 11 Florida State built a double-digit lead early and cruised to a 68-50 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday for its eighth straight win.Thomas scored 16 points in the second half, finished 8 of 14 from the floor and made all six free-throw attempts. Emiah Bingley and Adut Bulgak added nine points apiece for Florida State (18-4, 8-1 ACC).
Chanette Hicks scored 10 points and had six assists for Virginia Tech (14-7, 2-6), which has lost four straight and six of its last seven.
Thomas scored six points, Brittany Brown and Leticia Romero added four, and the Hokies missed 9 of 11 shots and had seven turnovers as the Seminoles jumped out to a 16-5 lead in the first quarter.
Florida State forced 12 turnovers and held Virginia Tech to just 5-of-24 shooting for 21 percent in the first half, and led 27-13 at halftime.
POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
· In all three games played against Virginia Tech, sophomore Shakayla Thomas has been the team’s leading scorer; She recorded her team-leading seventh 20-point game of the season with 22 points (8-of-14); Thomas also finished 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
· Thomas is now 24-of-35 (68.6 percent) in her three games played against Virginia Tech, which entered the game with a Top 5 scoring defense nationally (50.4 points allowed). She is averaging 19.3 points against the Hokies.
· For the second straight game, Florida State finished above 85 percent from the free throw line making 18-of-21 (85.7 percent). Last game vs. Wake Forest, FSU finished 17-of-20 (85 percent).
· Senior center Adut Bulgak recorded two blocked shots to reach 76 for her career. Bulgak is now in ninth place all-time at FSU.
· Junior guard Brittany Brown added two more steals to push her season total to 76, moving her into seventh on the FSU single-season list. The most she has recorded in a season is 78 as a freshman.
· Junior point guard Leticia Romero went 4-of-4 from the free throw line, raising her season total to 23-of-23.
· Senior point guard Emiah Bingley drilled two 3-pointers, marking her sixth game this season with multiple triples.
· FSU’s win over Virginia Tech pushes its series lead to 25-10 all-time, including 15-2 in Tallahassee. FSU has won 12 of the past 13 matchups.
· FSU’s win streak in ACC play is now eight games, becoming just the third team to accomplish such a streak; FSU is also 8-1 in ACC play for only the third time ever, joining the 2014-15 and 2008-09 teams.
· The Seminoles held the Hokies to just 32.7 percent shooting (17-of-52). FSU is 16-0 this year when holding opponents to under 40 percent.
· FSU’s win at home pushes its home winning streak to 29 consecutive games, extending the school record.
· Shakayla Thomas’ 20-point game was the 14th by a Seminole this season: Thomas has seven, followed by five from Bulgak and two from Brown.
· Over FSU’s eight-game ACC win streak, the Seminoles have led for 301 minutes, 59 seconds out of their 320 minutes played.
· Virginia Tech’s single digit scoring in the first (5) and second (8) periods marks the 22nd and 23rd time FSU has held an opponent to below 10 points in a period.