TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Imani Wright scored 24 points, leading four into double figures, as 13th-ranked Florida State defeated Jacksonville 82-50 on Thursday night — the 11th time in 13 games four or more have reached double-figure scoring for the Seminoles.
Shakayla Thomas scored 18 points, Chatrice White and Nicki Ekhomu added 14 apiece and Florida State (12-1) shot 50.8 percent for the game — 58 percent in the final quarter — while holding Jacksonville (9-5) to 35-percent shooting and scoring 26 points off 23 turnovers. The Seminoles are 4-0 against other Florida schools this season.
Thomas, shooting 7 of 12 from the floor, is tied with Natasha Howard for second in the FSU record books with 711 career field goals made. AJ Alix had 11 of Florida State’s 15 assists.
Florida State hosts North Carolina on Sunday to open ACC play at 2 p.m.
The Dolphins, the top defensive team in the Atlantic Sun Conference, held FSU to its fewest points against an ASUN opponent this season after the Seminoles scored 109 on North Florida and 84 on Stetson.
Jasmyn Brown led Jacksonville with 12 points.
• Florida State’s 50.8 percent shooting marked the sixth game this season it has shot 50 percent or better from the floor.
• For Imani Wright, she recorded her fifth 20-point game of the season and led the team in scoring for the third time this year. She has also made three or more 3-point field goals in eight of her 13 games this year.
• Wright scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half.
• The Seminoles out-scored Jacksonville 42-14 in the paint.
• Redshirt senior point guard AJ Alix had her fourth game this season with 10+ assists.
• Shakayla Thomas’ 18 points scored slightly raises her scoring average in four career games against Jacksonville, which was 17.7 entering Thursday’s game.
• FSU is now on an eight-game win streak in the first game following Christmas.
• Florida State’s game vs. Jacksonville was the fifth consecutive meeting between the two teams. FSU is now 7-0 all-time vs. JU.
• Over the last 35 games vs. in-state opponents, the Seminoles are 31-4. That includes a 4-0 record this season (also own wins vs. UNF, Stetson and at Florida).
• FSU is now 45-2 over its last 47 non-conference games played at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
• Florida State football and basketball legend Charlie Ward joined the team in the locker room post-game, offering his observations on the game while giving words of encouragement.