BIMINI, Bahamas (Seminoles.com) – When crunch time came, the Seminoles came to play. A 15-0 run to begin the fourth quarter turned a seven-point lead into an insurmountable advantage as Florida State Women’s Basketball defeated Eastern Kentucky, 62-45, on Friday night at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas.
The Seminoles (5-1) ended the third quarter ahead 42-35, but redshirt junior Kiah Gillespie led the charge in the final period and finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Gillespie scored 13 of her 21 in the fourth quarter, including a one-minute stretch where she scored seven points. It is her second 20-point game of the season, only surpassed by her 22 points scored in the season opener vs. Troy.
Freshman Valencia Myers added 14 points and 12 rebounds on 7-of-9 shooting, igniting a key stretch to open the fourth when she had back-to-back buckets to extend the Seminole lead to 11. Myers recorded her second double-double of the season and added one block, giving her at least one rejection in each game so far.
Junior guard Nausia Woolfolk added eight points and a season-best eight rebounds, giving the Seminoles an edge in the first half. Junior Nicki Ekhomu added a team-high six assists in the win.
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Helped by its 58.3 shooting percentage in the fourth quarter (7-of-12), FSU shot 49.1 percent from the floor overall and out-rebounded the Colonels (0-4) 38-23.
The Seminoles go for their sixth Caribbean tournament title as a program on Saturday when they face No. 12/14 Iowa at 6:45 p.m. ET. With Friday’s win over EKU, FSU is now 16-6 when playing in the Caribbean.
Saturday’s title game will once again be streamed on Flohoops.com or via your mobile device on the FloSportsTV app. Fans can also listen to the game on the Seminoles.com leanplayer (Seminoles.leanplayer.com) or locally on WQTL 106.1 FM.