January 14, 2018 - by
Seventh Heaven: Women’s Hoops Rout Virginia Tech


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Shakayla Thomas scored 21 points, Ama Degbeon had a double-double and No. 13 Florida State tied a school record en route to a 107-62 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Degbeon had 10 points and 13 rebounds for her third career double-double and a school-record seven players scored in double figures as the Seminoles (16-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) tied the 1990-91 team with their fifth 100-point game of the season. With the largest crowd of the season — 4,983 — on hand for alumni weekend, FSU earned its largest win ever over the Hokies (13-5, 2-3).

Florida State scored the first 16 points of the game en route to a 28-8 lead after one quarter. The Seminoles made their first five shots while the Hokies missed their first eight and finished 3 of 19 for the quarter.

Imani Wright made 7 of 9 shots, 3 of 4 behind the arc, in the first half, scoring all 18 of her points. Nicki Ekhomu had 16 points as seven Seminoles scored in double figures. FSU finished the game 8 of 14 behind the arc, shot 60 percent overall and had a 48-30 rebounding advantage.

Taylor Emery scored 17 points for the Hokies, who shot 31 percent (22 of 72).

• Florida State won its sixth consecutive game against the Hokies, and its seventh straight home game vs. Virginia Tech.
• The Seminoles’ 45-point win over Virginia Tech is their largest ever in their 37-game history with the Hokies.
• FSU shot 60+ percent in a game for the first time since Nov. 24, 2016, when it shot 61.5 percent against Winthrop in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was FSU’s eighth game this season at 50+ percent shooting.
• The Seminoles’ school-record seven players in double figures comes after their previous high of six double-figure scorers came in 16 different games.
• Senior center Ama Degbeon’s double-double was her third of the season, as she tied a career-high of 13 boards.
• Redshirt senior AJ Alix already moves into 13th on the FSU single-season list with 134 assists. Imani Wright’s 58 3-point field goals also ties Morgan Jones (2013-14) for eighth.
• FSU’s seven double-figure scorers include: Shakayla Thomas (21), Imani Wright (18), Nicki Ekhomu (16), Nausia Woolfolk (14), AJ Alix (11), Chatrice White (10) and Ama Degbeon (10).
• Shakayla Thomas’ 21 points came in 22 minutes. It’s the 23rd 20-point game of her career and her seventh of the season.
• In three ACC home games against UNC, Miami and Virginia Tech, the Seminoles are averaging 105 points and out-scoring the opposition by +40.3 points per game.
• FSU raised its overall scoring average to 88.1 points per game.


Opening Statement:
“I know that Imani really doesn’t care if she has that record [for most threes in a single season.] What Imani cares about is whether we win or lose and that’s the difference in this basketball team. I’ve got a lot of players that have really stepped up and started to compete. You see it at a high level, that kind of margin against an ACC team is generally something we don’t even talk about, we don’t think about that. Once again, the start was really impressive, they were locked in, they came out with a game plan really solid in their minds and did a great job.”

On finding flaws after the last two wins:
“Oh there’s plenty, there’s plenty. Shooting the ball is great, but we know from experience that that’s not always going to be the case. So at halftime [Virginia Tech] had eight offensive rebounds, that’s not what we do. We defend, we rebound, and so we challenged them at halftime. They stepped up, held them to three offensive rebounds in the second half. We have been working on our press offense, turned the ball over only ten times. That’s much better, the growth that we’ve seen. So we’ll continue to work on the little things and I don’t believe this team is satisfied with where they are right now.”

On if the Syracuse loss “woke the team up:”
“I think so. We tried to talk a lot in practice about competing, but sometimes it takes something to really wake us up, and there’s a lot of times in the beginning of the season where you have to teach, but now we can compete. We can compete every day in practice because if I tell them, ‘look we’re gonna switch on the ball screens,’ then they know what to do. We don’t have to walk through and teach it. So there’s a lot less teaching, a lot more competition, and I think they’re holding themselves accountable to that.”

On if she liked the strong finish from the team:
“Very much so, especially with the young players in. Them getting a chance to have some quality minutes, that’s hard to do in the ACC when you’ve got such a veteran team. But Nicki, Nausia, Iho, Savannah, all four of them had great quality minutes.”

On the “brutal” stretch of upcoming games:
“It’s not brutal; it’s exactly what we’ve been going through. We’ve played a lot of games so far this season where it’s been back to back road games, and so this is what the ACC is all about. This is what these guys came here to do, compete at a high level.”


On maintaining a “not satisfied” mentality…
“Like coach just said, by coming to practice and working hard every day. I think there’s been a change for us in practice and so for us to just continue to work hard and then for it to translate over into the game is huge for us.”

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