January 18, 2019 - by
Gillespie Leads Noles to Third ACC Road Win

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State (15-2, 3-1) won their third-consecutive ACC road contest in a 91-71 victory over Boston College (13-5, 2-3) on Thursday at Conte Forum. In a game that served as a homecoming for redshirt junior forward Kiah Gillespie, she managed to put on a show.

Gillespie, who grew up an hour and a half from Chestnut Hill in Meriden, Conn., led the Seminoles with 23 points and eight rebounds. It was Gillespie’s seventh 20-point effort of the season and her third highest point total of the year. She was one of five Seminoles to score in double figures on the evening.

Junior guard Nicki Ekhomu posted 16 points for the third-consecutive game and shared the team lead in assists with four with fellow junior guard Nausia Woolfolk, who added 12 points of her own.

“The last couple days we really worked hard on the things that we saw as issues in our last game,” Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau said. “You could see from start to finish, they were locked in, they were focused. They did a great job of scoring the ball. Our defense wasn’t the best, but we scored the ball really well and that’s important if you want to win games.”

Two of the Seminole freshmen rounded out the double-figure scorers of the evening. Forward Valencia Myers scored 14 points on the night, marking her first double-digit performance in ACC play. Following suit was guard Morgan Jones, who registered a career-high 11 points and her first double-figure performance for the garnet and gold.

Redshirt freshman Sayawni Lassiter scored seven points on the evening in a game that served as a trip home for her as well, tying her second highest total of the season. The Dorchester, Mass. native added three assists to her contributions, trailing only Ekhomu and Woolfolk on the night.

Florida State registered its best shooting performance in conference play from the field, shooting 54.5% (30-of-55). The freshmen class contributed 33 of the Seminoles’ 91 points in the win.

“They’re doing everything we ask them to do and they’re growing as a result,” Semrau had to say of her freshmen class. “They’re getting more comfortable. The players that have been here are getting more comfortable with them and it’s just fun to see that result.”

The Seminoles outscored Boston College 47-31 in the first half, shooting 60% (18-of-30) from the floor. This was the highest point total for Florida State in the first half in conference play and its third highest of the season. The Seminoles maintained their double-digit lead throughout the entirety of the second half to win their tenth straight contest over the Eagles.

Florida State returns home to the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. to face the Duke Blue Devils. The game will serve as the Seminoles’ Gold Letter Game with all tickets selling for $1 and a Gold Letter tailgate prior to tipoff.

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