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Nicki's Profile

(Updated April 2019)
Bolingbrook, Ill.
high school
Joliet Catholic Academy


  • 2019-20 Preseason All-ACC Team.
  • 2019 Matt Schmauch Leadership Award.
  • 2019 Golden Nole Award winner for women’s basketball.
  • 2018-19 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Junior Season (2018-19):

• Took over point-guard duties and excelled, averaging 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
• Led the Seminoles in 3-point field goal percentage (32.6 percent), free throws made (127) and minutes played (34.1).
• Overall, Ekhomu finished in the Top 10 in the ACC in assists per game (4.0), free throw percentage (79.9 percent), assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and minutes played (34.1).
• Tied for 11th in the conference with eight 20-point games.
• In ACC play, she ranked in the Top 10 in free throw percentage (10th: 80.7%), assists (8th: 4.1) and assist/turnover ratio (5th: 2.1).
• Finished in the Top 5 in the ACC in percentage of team assists (4th: 31.5), percentage of team free throw attempts (4th: 28.8) and percentage of team free throws (4th: 31.7).
• Totaled 496 points in her junior season, the 15th-most in a single season at Florida State.
• Her 127 made free throws is the eighth-most in a season at FSU.
• Only had more turnovers than assists in three of her 33 games played.
• Scored 19 points (8-of-18) in NCAA Second Round vs. South Carolina.
• Game-high 23 points, five boards and four assists vs. NC State.
• Tied career high with eight assists at Georgia Tech.
• Had 12 points and three assists against Syracuse.
• Delivered 15 points and five assists vs. Pittsburgh.
• Scored 27 points (9-of-17) at Clemson.
• Torched No. 4 Notre Dame with 26 points (11-11 FTs), and six assists.
• Had 20 points, six assists and five boards in a win over No. 9 NC State.
• Recorded 17 points with six assists and three steals vs. Wake Forest.
• Added 16 points in comeback win at Virginia Tech.
• Had 11 points and four rebounds vs. No. 4 Louisville.
• Totaled 14 points vs. Duke, going 6-of-6 from the line.
• Third consecutive game with 16 points at Boston College, going 8-of-9 from the line.
• Added 16 points and six rebounds in ACC home opener vs. Clemson.
• Finished with 16 points, seven assists and four steals at UNC.
• Totaled 26 points and 6 assists in win at Milwaukee.
• Dropped 24 points (7-of-15) in big performance vs. Creighton.
• Had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals at St. John’s.
• Clutch performance in win at Mercer, scoring 27 points (11-of-18) on a career-high 11 field goals.
• Had 11 points, six assists and two steals vs. Penn State.
• Contributed in win over No. 12/14 Iowa with 10 points.
• Dished out six assists vs. Eastern Kentucky.
• 13 points, five rebounds and four assists vs. Jacksonville.
• Career-best eight assists in win over Florida.
• 14 points, 6 assists and just 1 turnover vs. UNF.
• Scored a career-high 31 points in season opener against Troy, including 12-of-14 from the line.

Sophomore Season (2017-18):

• One of FSU’s most effective players off the bench who also earned five starts.
• Averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 44 percent (102-of-232) from the floor.
• Recorded two double-doubles on the season vs. UNF and Florida.
• Led the Seminoles by shooting 81.6 percent (115-of-141) from the free throw line, the ninth-best in a single season by a Seminole.
• Became the 14th Seminole to shoot 80 percent from the free throw line in a season.
• Far and away FSU’s leading back-court rebounder, averaging 2.2 offensive rebounds and 3.5 defensive rebounds.
• Had four games with at least 10 points, five rebounds and five assists.
• Had 13 points along with five rebounds vs. Little Rock in NCAA First Round (3/17/18).
• 18 points, six rebounds and five assists off the bench vs. Notre Dame (3/3/18).
• Third straight game in double figures with 10 points in 16 minutes vs. Georgia Tech (2/25/18).
• Led the Noles with 17 points (7-of-8 from the line) vs. Boston College (2/22/18).
• 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists at Duke (2/19/18).
• Had 10 points and eight rebounds vs. Clemson (2/15/18).
• Totaled 11 points (4-of-5) and added two assists in a win over Virginia (2/8/18).
• Grabbed 11 rebounds and dished five assists in a comeback win at Wake Forest in OT (1/18/18).
• Added 16 points, going 6-for-6 from the line, against Virginia Tech (1/14/18).
• Recorded 17 points, seven boards and five assists vs. Miami (1/11/18).
• Strong game vs. UNC with 19 points, eight boards, five assists and three steals (12/31/17).
• Added 14 points in a win over Jacksonville (12/28/17).
• Totaled 10 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes at Creighton (12/21/17).
• Had 16 points and seven rebounds vs. Stetson (12/7/17).
• Totaled 17 points and nine rebounds at Grambling State (11/19/17).
• Picked up second double-double at Florida, totaling 14 points and 11 rebounds (11/17/17).
• Totaled 14 points and eight rebounds at Jacksonville State (11/12/17).
• Had a career night vs. UNF (11/10/17), recording her first double-double with career-best 20 points and 13 boards.

Freshman Season (2016-17):

  • Gained valuable experience as a freshman, playing in 32 games.
  • Averaged 3.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 13.2 minutes per game.
  • Shot 36.8 percent (35-of-95) from the floor.
  • Totaled two double-figure scoring performances.
  • Earned 20+ minutes in seven games.
  • Recorded seven points and four rebounds in 18 minutes at Notre Dame (2/26/17).
  • Contributed seven points against Pittsburgh (2/23/17).
  • Made six free throws and contributed nine points in win over Clemson (2/18/17).
  • Missed three consecutive games due to a head injury (at B.C., vs. Miami, vs. Wake Forest).
  • Totaled eight points in 17 minutes vs. Syracuse (1/19/17).
  • Had six points and two rebounds along with two assists and two steals in win over Western Carolina (12/4/16).
  • Career-high 16 points (6-of-6), four rebounds and two blocks at Minnesota (11/30/16), the most points recorded by an FSU freshman since Shakayla Thomas totaled 17 vs. Alabama State on March 21, 2015.
  • Recorded 11 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in win over Winthrop (11/24/16).
  • Scored seven points in 11 minutes vs. James Madison (11/20/16).
  • Grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes vs. Jacksonville (11/17/16).
  • Scored six points in 18 minutes vs. Jacksonville State in FSU debut (11/11/16).

at Joliet Catholic Academy:

• Fourth-rated guard and No. 21 overall according to the ESPNW 2016 recruiting class rankings.
• Five-star player from Joliet Catholic Academy in Bolingbrook, Ill.
• Referred to as one of the “elite guards” of the 2016 recruiting class.
• Named the 2015-16 Daily Southtown Girls Basketball Player of the Year, averaging 22 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals.
• Guided a cast of several new teammates at JCA to a Class 3A regional title as a senior.
• Earned MVP honors at the Rich South Galaxy and the Hillcrest Holiday Classic as a senior.
• 2016 Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-State.
• 2016 Naismith Honorable Mention All-American, Daily Herald Player of the Year and USA Today All-Illinois Second Team.
• Averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 1.3 blocks during her junior season in 2014-15, earning Chicago Tribune First Team All-State honors.
• Registered 38 points against No. 3-ranked Benet and had 17 assists against Marian Central in her junior campaign.
• Recorded the second-highest scoring average on her team as a sophomore, averaging 14.4 points per game.
• Has participated in USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials on the U16, U17 and U18 squads.
• Chose Florida State because of the “family atmosphere” and how the city of Tallahassee has “a great interest” in the program.

All About Me:

  • Born on: February 19, 1998.
  • Parent: Debbie Ballard.
  • Major: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.