Florida State (15-2, 3-1 ACC) defeated Boston College (13-5, 2-3 ACC) by a 91-71 score tonight in Chestnut Hill, MA.
The two teams started out trading baskets. FSU made a move toward the end of the quarter. The Seminoles finished the first quarter on a 9-2 run that was capped by a Valencia Myers layup. Florida State finished the quarter up 28-20.
The second quarter started with a layup from BC’s Emma Guy. From there FSU went on another run that broke the game wide open. The Noles went on a 10-2 run that was sparked by a Nausia Woolfolk layup. The Seminoles were up 36-22 with about six and a half minutes left in the quarter. The teams traded baskets from there and the Noles took a 47-31 lead into halftime.
The teams went back and forth in the third quarter. However, a Woolfolk layup put the Noles up 63-45 with about three and a half minutes left in the third quarter. However, BC wouldn’t quit. The Eagles responded with five quick points to cut the lead to 63-50. The Noles finished the quarter with three straight free throws to go into the fourth quarter with a 66-50 lead.
BC scored the first five points of the fourth quarter but FSU responded with a 7-0 run that was sparked by a Nicki Ekhomu layup. The Noles had a 73-55 lead with about seven minutes left in the game. FSU padded its lead with a 10-2 run to take an 83-60 lead with almost five minutes left. From there the Noles cruised to the win with a final score of 91-71.
Kiah Gillespie fouled out but she led the Noles with 23 points while chipping in eight boards. Valencia Myers (14pts), Nicki Ekhomu (16pts), Nausia Woolfolk (12pts) and Morgan Jones (11pts) were the other double digit scorers for the Seminoles. Jones had one of her best games as a Nole. She was aggressive going to the basket and overall showed more confidence in her game. FSU would really benefit if this serves as a breakout game for Jones because the Noles could really use additional scoring off the bench.
Florida State won by 20 points on the road in an ACC game in which they shot 25% from deep and were outrebounded 34-33. The Seminoles were helped greatly by their aggressiveness and they were rewarded with 39 free throws hitting 28 of them (71.8%). BC was only 15-18 (83.3%).
This was an important bounce back game for the Noles. Boston College is obviously not a top tier ACC team but they can be dangerous, especially at home. FSU played well and never really gave BC a reason to believe that they could win the game after the first quarter. One of the hallmarks of the really good FSU teams from the past few years is that they were rarely upset. They generally took care of business against inferior teams. Tonight’s game was reminiscent of a game that those teams would play. This team isn’t quite as good as those teams but if they can play like this on a more consistent basis the current team can be very dangerous as this season progresses.
FSU will return to Tallahassee on Sunday to host Duke (8-8, 0-4 ACC) at 2pm. The game will be broadcast on ACCNetwork Extra. The Blue Devils lost tonight at home to Miami 58-50.