GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — AJ Alix scored 26 points, guard Nicki Ekhomu had her second double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 17 Florida State beat rival Florida 84-54 on Friday night in the 77th meeting.
Florida State went on a 19-0 run, spanning halftime, to take a 47-26 lead with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Ekhomu scored 12 points in the first half and Alix added 11 as the Seminoles led 38-26 at halftime after closing on a 10-0 run. The Gators didn’t score in the final 4:30 of the second quarter.
“It’s always an amazing rivalry game,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “I never feel comfortable coming into this game. I never have, I never will…It’s been a really special rivalry that’s been developed over every sport at Florida State. I thought our poise was good tonight with seven turnovers – that starts with your point guard. I thought AJ was a really poised guard tonight.”
Florida was held to eight points in the second quarter and 13 in the third as the Gators were outscored 48-21.
Shakayla Thomas added 12 points and eight rebounds for Florida State (3-0), which had a 50-32 advantage on the glass. Imani Wright had 11 points and five assists.
Funda Nakkasoglu led Florida (1-2) with 18 points. The Gators shot just 32 percent, including 7 of 28 from distance.
FSU has won seven of the last nine meetings.
• Florida State’s 30-point win over the Gators is its largest road victory in the series and its third-largest all-time against UF.
• The Seminoles out-scored Florida 28-13 in the third quarter and 46-28 in the second half. FSU shot 19-of-32 in the second half, including 64.7 percent (11-of-17) in the third quarter.
• FSU’s seven turnovers is tied for the 13th-fewest in program history. Its lowest of all time is five vs. Boston College on Jan. 4, 2007.
• Redshirt senior AJ Alix’ six 3-point field goals is a season high. Her highest as a collegiate athlete was seven vs. Eastern Michigan in 2016. Alix is 13-of-23 from deep this season.
• Florida State doubled its assist/turnover ratio at 14/7.
• The Seminoles out-rebounded UF 50-32 on the glass, led by Ekhomu and senior center Chatrice White’s 11 boards apiece. White now has eight double-figure rebound games with FSU.
• All nine FSU student-athletes who played tonight made at least one field goal.
• Shakayla Thomas moved into ninth all-time on the FSU career scoring list. She now has 1,436 points.
• The Seminoles improved to 15-4 against their two biggest rivals in Florida (4-1) and Miami (11-3) since 2013.
• Since 2012, FSU has defeated Florida by margins of 31 (2012), 30 (Friday), 26 (2014) and 25 (2016).
• Friday’s win was FSU’s 10th all-time win in Gainesville.