Noles Cross Century Mark in Win over Wake
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Shakayla Thomas scored 23 points and fifth-ranked Florida State cruised to a 102-60 victory over Wake Forest on Thursday night.
The Seminoles reached the century mark for only the fourth time in Atlantic Coast Conference game. The last time was Jan. 25, 2015, also against Wake Forest.
Thomas, who has five 20-point games this season, scored seven of the Seminoles' first 11 points and had 11 in the first quarter. They were up 22-9 after the first 10 minutes.
FSU (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was up by as many as 44 midway late in the fourth quarter as it extended its winning streak to 10.
Elisa Penna led the Demon Deacons (14-10, 5-6) with 18 points, and Alex Sharp added 11.
GAME NOTES BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Florida State’s 102 points scored is a season high and is the 28th time in program history it has reached triple digits. FSU last scored 100+ points in a 101-59 win over Murray State on Dec. 19, 2015.
• The Seminoles’ three other ACC games in which they have scored 100 points include: 112-101 overtime loss to UNC on Dec. 5, 1998; a 102-93 win at Boston College on Nov. 27, 2011; and a 110-80 win over Wake Forest on Jan. 25, 2015.
• For the 15th time in program history, FSU had six players score in double figures: Thomas (23), Chatrice White (14), Ivey Slaughter (13), Brittany Brown (12), Imani Wright (12) and Ama Degbeon (11).
• FSU set season highs tonight in points scored and points in the paint (66).
• In the fourth period, the Seminoles shot 75 percent (12-of-16) in what was their second 30-point period of the game. Overall, FSU shot 56.5 percent (39-of-69).
• Thomas recorded her 13th career 20-point game and fifth of the season. Her 10 made field goals marks the third time this season she has recorded double-digit field goals made and the seventh time in her career.
• Brown recorded her seventh career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and also added seven assists. She flirted with a triple-double for the second straight year vs. Wake, posting 22 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists last season.
• For the 12th time this season, redshirt junior guard Imani Wright made three 3-point field goals.
• Freshman A’Tyanna Gaulden’s layup with 1:48 left in the game put FSU over the century mark for the first time this season, making the score 101-58.
• Junior center Chatrice White went 6-of-6 from the floor for 14 points in 16 minutes.
• Wake Forest’s Milan Quinn, who averaged a league-leading 10.3 rebounds, had just four boards tonight.
• Thursday was FSU’s seventh ‘Samaritan’s Feet’ game it has hosted.
• FSU shot 21-of-25 from the free throw line, the sixth time this season and second straight game it has made 20 or more from the charity stripe.
• Florida State ended the game on a 22-2 run over the final 6:17.
• FSU’s 16 fast-break points was its most recorded in ACC play this year.
• Thursday’s win extends FSU’s win streak to 10 games.
HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
“I’m very proud of our defensive effort and proud of our depth. I thought everyone contributed, it was fun to see everyone score. With six people in double figures, you really can’t do much better than that.”
How do you feel about Shakayla’s consistency with scoring?
“She is a great player for us and I think she comes out with a focused mindset, she gives to her teammates and she is very selfless. She knows that part of her gift is scoring the basketball and her teammates do a great job of getting her the ball.”
How much of the team’s success has to do with the chemistry?
“The thing we talk a lot about in practice is that they come to practice with a professional mindset and they come to go to work. They know that work is to make each other better, and so that’s what they did. That doesn’t happen unless you’re doing that at practice and we have had two really good practices leading up to this game, and it is nice to see the results.”
Have you ever coached an easier ACC win?
“I don’t know. We go way back so I think that this team is a team that it doesn’t care who their opponent is they prepare for. The intensity at the end of the game was the same intensity at the beginning of the game, part of that was our starters set the tone and they gave it to the rest of the team. When the rest of their team was on the floor diving for loose balls…that comes from the culture that players like Brittany and Shakayla have filled.”
How do you feel heading into the Texas game on Monday?
“It’s so cool that we get this opportunity to step out of conference, play a great opponent, and in a great environment being a Big Monday Game. It is everything you want as a coach and a player to help prepare you for what is coming. We are going to take a day off tomorrow and we will come back in on Saturday and I know we will have their full focus.”
SENIOR GUARD BRITTANY BROWN
How do your teammates follow you in terms of your defense?
“Honestly I think everybody does a really great job of contributing. You say that I’m the first line but it really helps when they are in that back line, or in gaps help side communicating. I mean I just take off from what Miami’s coach (Katie Meier) said about us - ‘If they got by one person or tried to bring someone else in the hedge, they were worried because our defensive rotations were so good.’ But yeah, I think it’s a great team effort defensively”.
JUNIOR FORWARD SHAKAYLA THOMAS
Do you think you have found another level, in terms of your scoring, with the way you’ve been playing lately?
“Yeah, a little bit. I think it’s just, in my mind, starts with practice. I just work harder in practice because I know I had that big downfall in the beginning. So I just started working back on it.”