TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – AJ Alix hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and No. 13 Florida State cruised to an 84-39 win over Stetson on Thursday night.
Nicki Ekhomu added 16 points off the bench, Imani Wright had 13, and Chatrice White and Ama Degbeon added 12 points apiece for the Seminoles (9-0). White also had 11 rebounds and five blocks.
Shakayla Thomas, who averaged 28.5 points in the previous four games, only scored eight on 4-of-12 shooting but moved into third on the FSU career field goal list with 686.
Ekhomu and Alix hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Seminoles closed the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 19-8. Alix then opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3s and the Hatters never challenged. It was 38-21 at the half with FSU shooting 52 percent, including 5 of 9 3-pointers. Stetson shot 30 percent, going 3 of 13 from distance. Alix had 14 points, on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4 of 4 treys.
FSU finished the game 9 of 18 from long range and shot 54 percent overall with a 46-26 rebounding advantage. Alix was 7-of-9 shooting and had six assists.
Brittney Chambers scored 19 points for Stetson (6-5).
• Florida State established season highs on Thursday night in field goal percentage (53.8 percent), blocked shots (8) and 3-point field goal percentage (50 percent).
• In just her ninth game played with FSU, AJ Alix already owns three of the top 18 performances in program history in terms of 3-point field goals made.
• Chatrice White tacked on her ninth double-double at FSU, third of the season and 33rd of her collegiate career. Her five blocks tied a career high.
• FSU more than doubled the Hatters in points inside, outscoring them 36-16 in the paint.
• FSU finished with just 11 turnovers, and six of them occurred in the first 14 minutes of the game.
• A key part of FSU’s win was a 16-0 run in the second quarter, bringing FSU’s lead from 9-8 to 25-8.
• Florida State’s win over Stetson lifts its record against Florida-based opponents to 30-4 over the last 34 games.
• FSU begins the season 9-0 for the third time in program history and the first time since 2009-10. A win over Arizona State on Sunday would tie that team for the second-best start in school history at 10-0.
• Sophomore guard Nausia Woolfolk, coming off a big performance at James Madison, did not play in Thursday’s game due to a hamstring injury.
• FSU has won 44 of its last 46 games played at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
• The win by the Seminoles on Thursday keeps Florida State as one of just three universities with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball programs. The other programs are Mississippi State and Villanova.
Head Coach Sue Semrau
On how Florida State has been like a family:
“I think that’s what Florida State is. That started with coach [Bobby] Bowden years ago. We have all gone out of our way to be about each other and about family. I love what our players do. It is fun to be a part of that.”
On the performance of the team before halftime:
“I didn’t have to say anything to them. They knew that they weren’t playing their best. I think that there has been a kind of anxious excitement about what is coming up on Sunday. This is a team that doesn’t overlook their opponents but they also know what they can do and what we need to do to do that. I think we just made some careless mistakes but we corrected that in the second half.”
On the focus of the team as final exam week approaches:
“This team is very business-like. They are a group that gets along very well and are really a cool group of people. I think that we aren’t going to be thinking a lot about finals until Sunday comes up. They’ll take care of what they need to. They do that all the time in the classroom but Sunday is a big game for us.”
On the defense holding Stetson to 24 percent shooting from the field:
“That’s our goal. In the first half, that didn’t feel like the case. It was 35 percent in the second quarter. But they turned it around. In the third quarter it was 20 percent and in the fourth quarter it was 16 percent. [Florida State] is that talented.”
Redshirt Senior Point Guard AJ Alix
On the sense of family since coming to FSU:
“I got it when I was getting recruited, so that was amazing to me. To just be able to call the coaches here and talk about life and just see what’s going on with them. So I feel like, yes, since I stepped on campus it’s just been a family atmosphere and I love it.”
On feeling comfortable shooting:
“It starts with my teammates, I’m looking to get them the ball all the time, and when I’m looking to get them the ball my shot starts to open up. So just being around them, and them giving me confidence, and telling me ‘shoot the ball, shoot the ball,’ I think that’s a pretty good feeling.”
On going down with an apparent injury in the third quarter:
“I just got a little elbow to the face. I needed to take a little breather for a second. Yeah it was just a little elbow to the face, I tried to get over a screen, just an elbow, but I’m fine though.”
Sophomore Guard Nicki Ekhomu
On stepping up more in her sophomore season:
“The coaches told me I’ve kind of been lax lately, so they tell me to just find that aggression again and keep doing better.”
On mindset coming off the bench:
“Just be in attack mode and just be an impact player. I have great scorers around me at all times, so that makes it easy for me because I know if I’m attacking on AJ’s side, her man can’t really help off her because she is such a great shooter. It’s just easy to play with them because everybody is great.”