Nicki Ekhomu and Nausia Woolfolk now have a career sweep of the Florida Gators.
Kiah Gillespie scored 17 points and matched her career high with 18 rebounds and No. 12 Florida State turned back rival Florida 66-55 on Tuesday night.
Ekhomu added 15 points and Valencia Myers 10 for the Seminoles, who secured the game with a late 8-0 run. Gillespie has 16 double-doubles in her two years with FSU, three this season.
Leading 58-52 with less than three minutes to play, Gillespie hit a jumper. Ekhomu followed with two baskets before Woolfolk’s layup with 25 seconds to play put the Seminoles (6-0) on top 66-52. The Gators missed six straight shots and had a turnover before a late 3-pointer closed it out.
Ekhomu and Woolfolk are the first seniors to go undefeated in the rivalry.
Florida (4-2) never led and trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but entered the fourth quarter only down two, 46-44. Gillespie hit a 3-pointer and a jumper to open the fourth quarter and the Gators never recovered.
Berkely named Hermann Trophy semifinalist
Junior Malia Berkely has been named a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist as announced by the United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Tuesday afternoon.
Berkely has started in all 23 games for the Seminoles this season as their starting center back. She has helped anchor a backline that has recorded 10 shutouts and has only allowed 23 goals this season. She has not only been a force on the defensive end but also has made her presence known on the offensive side of the ball as well. Berkely has recorded two goals and four assists on the season and is a threat to bring the ball up every time she touches it.
The Liberty Township, Ohio native was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list and was rated as the 14th best player in the country in the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Top-100, she was also a second-team member of the TopDrawerSoccer Preseason Best XI. Berkley was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the All-ACC First Team. She was also rated as the 9th best player in the country in the TopDrawerSoccer Midseason Top-100
Berkely is one of 15 semifinalists for the award. The finalists are announced on Dec. 6.
FSU volleyball to finish regular season at Miami
Finishing the 2019 regular season on the road, Florida State (18-9, 11-6 ACC) will head down to face Miami (10-13, 6-9 ACC) in a match on Wednesday. The Seminoles and the Hurricanes will play in the Knight Complex at 3 p.m. The game will stream live on ACC Network Extra.
“Miami is a very good serving team, and are always tough on their home court,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “Even with our best teams, it has been a battle when we’ve played them in Miami. It is a tough gym with low ceilings and a lot of balls go off the tiles, so it is a place that they really have a home court advantage with. We are going to have to step up if we are going to win there. I thought that we played the best we have in the last few years on Sunday against Duke, so if we can continue that, it will certainly help us.”
Florida State is 33-21-1 in the all-time series against Miami, and has won 10 out of the last 13 matches, dating back to 2012. The Hurricanes have won each of the last two matches played in Coral Gables, in 2017 and 2018.
The Seminoles defeated the Canes in four sets in Tallahassee earlier this season (25- 21, 21-25, 29-27, 25-21), led by 21 kills from Payton Caffrey, as well as eight blocks and eight kills from Taryn Knuth.