Depth Delivers in Exhibition Win
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Using several different rotation options for a team with enormous depth, No. 12 Florida State Women’s Basketball seemed to have the right mix all afternoon in its 91-38 win over St. Francis on Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State had all 12 active players record at least one made field goal, led by junior All-America candidate Shakayla Thomas’ 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with six rebounds. FSU shot a blistering 78.6 percent in the first period (11-of-14), and finished the game shooting 63.5 percent (33-of-52) from the floor.
The Seminoles outscored the Fighting Saints 23-4 in the final period, and their opening 27-12 first-period lead set the tone for the day. Senior forward Ivey Slaughter was FSU’s other double-figures performer, scoring 12 points (4-of-5) with seven rebounds in 22 minutes.
Junior center Chatrice White added nine points on 4-of-4 shooting in her unofficial debut, finding good position in the post and also being involved in a few hustle plays to the liking of the Seminole faithful. Freshman A’Tyanna Gaulden got some time at the point guard position and added eight points.
Freshman guard Nicole Ekhomu entered the contest getting a chance to face her older sister, Christina Ekhomu. Both players had several one-on-one chances with each other, as Christina finished with nine points while Nicki had five along with three steals.
The 12th-ranked Seminoles officially begin their season on Veteran’s Day – Friday, Nov. 11, with a special 12:30 p.m. tip time vs. Jacksonville State at the Tucker Center. Seminole Athletics Marketing has put together several strong promotions for the honorary day, with full details set to be announced this week.
• Florida State out-scored Saint Francis 37-8 in bench points, as well as 18-0 in fast-break points.
• FSU’s starting five for the exhibition was Brittany Brown, Imani Wright, Maria Conde, Shakayla Thomas and Ivey Slaughter.
• Saint Francis had an active roster of 18 student-athletes, with all 18 seeing time on the court.
• FSU was able to get to the free throw line more than three times St. Francis’ attempts – FSU shot 21-of-30 from the charity stripe while St. Francis shot 4-of-9.
• FSU never trailed in the contest – leading for 39 minutes and three seconds while staying tied for the other 57 seconds.