The Seminoles led by 18 points after one quarter on the way to a runaway win over the Tigers Thursday night. Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State may have found its killer instinct.
2020年欧冠赛程表The talent on the FSU women's basketball team is undeniable, but the Seminoles have struggled with consistency and distancing themselves from opposing teams with less talent throughout their season.
If Thursday's home game against Clemson is any indication, the Seminoles may be improving in this area.
2020年欧冠赛程表After 10 minutes, the No. 22 Seminoles led by 18 points. That lead was never less than 14 points the rest of the way as FSU (22-6, 11-6 in ACC) coasted to a runaway 81-54 win over the Tigers (7-21, 3-14 in ACC) Thursday night at the Tucker Civic Center.
"I'm so proud of them," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said.
"I felt like a weight was lifted off a little bit and they had the confidence back that they've had and maybe just lost because coaches are always nitpicking them."
2020年欧冠赛程表In FSU's 11th annual "Paint it Pink" game raising money and awareness for breast cancer research, the Seminoles were led by standout performances from seniors Nausia Woolfolk and Kiah Gillespie.
Woolfolk scored 17 points and added seven assists and four rebounds. A three-pointer early in the third quarter made her just the 15th player in program history to made 100 career three-pointers.
Gillespie added 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season. With 960 career points, she's inching ever closer to becoming the third Seminole to join the 1,000-point club this season.
"I felt like it was important that they really understand what they're good at and celebrate that," Semrau said.
2020年欧冠赛程表"Gosh, you saw. They just responded with who they are, period. It wasn't anything different. It was just who they are."
2020年欧冠赛程表Regardless of margin, the win was critical as it keeps FSU in the driver's seat for a top-four seed in the ACC Tournament and the double-bye that comes with it.
2020年欧冠赛程表So long as FSU wins its regular-season finale at home vs. Notre Dame Sunday, it is guaranteed a top-four seed.
FSU's defensive intensity played a big role in the Seminoles' sizable early lead and their ability to retain it.
2020年欧冠赛程表FSU held the Tigers to 36.1% shooting, 26.7% from three-point range and forced 20 Clemson turnovers which it turned into 17 points.
2020年欧冠赛程表The Seminoles had a season-high 13 steals, led by four from Nicki Ekhomu. FSU had as many steals in the first quarter (seven) as Clemson had first-quarter points.
FSU also blocked seven shots, doing everything well at the defensive end to disrupt the Tigers' attack.
Myers breaks out
It had been awhile since FSU sophomore center Valencia Myers had an offensive showing like she did Thursday against Clemson.
Before the win over the Tigers where she went for 14 points, Myers hadn't scored in double-digits since she had 10 points in FSU's win over Michigan over three months ago on Dec. 22 of last year, a span of 15 games.
2020年欧冠赛程表"I feel like sophomore year, I've been struggling a lot," Myers said.
2020年欧冠赛程表"I think this game gave me a lot of confidence and it gave my teammates confidence in me. I think it was a great game for the whole team."
2020年欧冠赛程表She also added five rebounds and two blocks against the Tigers, contributing to the kind of all-around strong showing she's lacked of late.
Myers' production has taken a step back this season as she's averaging 6.2 points after averaging 8.9 points last year as a freshman.
But Thursday's performance is a major step in the right direction towards what FSU needs its starting center to be with the postseason just around the corner.
FSU's noticeable size advantage showed up in the box score as the Seminoles handily outrebounded the Tigers.
2020年欧冠赛程表FSU finished with 51 rebounds to Clemson's 34. On the offensive end, FSU turned 22 offensive rebounds into 29 second-chance points.
Clemson found success inside -- matching FSU with 30 points in the paint -- but the rebounding margin loomed large in the result.
2020年欧冠赛程表The Seminoles close out the regular season at home this weekend with their Senior Day. They'll host Notre Dame (11-17, 6-10 in ACC) Sunday at 2 p.m. as they look for their first-ever win over the Fighting Irish.
Reach Curt Weiler at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @CurtMWeiler.
No one covers the ‘Noles like the Tallahassee Democrat.