Balanced attack leads FSU past Clemson

Florida State’s three seniors delivered. But so did the rest of the Seminoles.

Nausia Woolfolk scored 17 points and Kiah Gillespie had 16 points and 11 rebounds as FSU routed Clemson 81-54 on Thursday night in the Seminoles’ Paint it Pink game.

For Gillespie, it was the 23rd time in 28 games that she scored in double figures. And it was Gillespie’s 11th double-double of the season.

All five FSU starters were in double figures. Valencia Myers added 14 points and five rebounds, Morgan Jones had 12 points and six rebounds, and Nicki Ekhomu had 11 points and four steals.

“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 nit-picking them,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said.

“I really think that when I realized that maybe I was being too much of a perfectionist and maybe even taking away a bit of confidence. I felt like it was important that they really understand what they are good at and celebrate that. They just responded with who they are. Period. It wasn’t anything different, it was just who they are and I’m just so proud of them.”

FSU (22-6, 11-6 ACC) generated 13 steals. The Seminoles also out rebounded Clemson 51-34.

Woolfolk made a pair of 3-pointers, giving her 100 career 3s made. She is the 15th FSU player to reach that milestone.

FSU shot 31 of 70 (44.3 percent) from the floor and 6 of 22 (27.3 percent) from 3-point range.

The Seminoles jumped out to a 25-7 lead after one period and never looked back against Clemson (7-21, 3-14).

FSU wraps up the regular season on Sunday against Notre Dame at 2 p.m. (ESPN2). Tickets are $1 as the Seminoles honor their seniors.

The Seminoles are 6-4 when playing in Paint it Pink games. Semrau has led an effort to raise funds for TMH’s Cancer Center.

“I understand that over $60,000 has been raised for that and for breast cancer research,” Semrau added. “We’ve got to find a cure. I look at Nicki Ekhomu’s mom, who battled and is a survivor. I look at Gabby Bevillard’s mom who battled and didn’t survive.”

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