Florida State shook off a sluggish start to pull away with a resounding win.
Nicki Ekhomu scored 23 points – on 10 of 14 shooting – while Kiah Gillespie had 15 points and five rebounds as the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest 78-67 on Thursday night. Ekhomu scored 18 second-half points.
Morgan Jones scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, finishing 7 of 11 shooting for the Seminoles (21-5, 10-5 ACC). It is the sixth straight year that FSU has double-digit ACC wins.
FSU coach Sue Semrau and the staff coached barefoot to bring awareness and raise money for Samaritan’s Feet, a charity that helps provide shoes to those in need locally and internationally.
Thursday’s attendance was 2,771, and Semrau will round up to donate $3,000 towards Samaritan’s Feet.
“It really means a lot. This is the tenth year in a row that I have been able to bring awareness to an amazing cause. Manny (Ohonme) is here today with his son, and just what he means to me, and just watching his organization and understanding his story,” said Semrau. “There is nothing greater than to be able to take your eyes off basketball and put them on something that is so critical to people’s well-being. I will add the band in there, and I told them three grand was coming his way.”
FSU was an efficient 33 of 58 (56.9 percent) from the floor.
The Seminoles trailed 30-29 at the half but held Wake to just 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) in the third and fourth period combined.
The Seminoles next play at Georgia Tech on Sunday at 4 p.m. (ACC Network). FSU finishes the regular season with home games against Clemson on Feb. 27 and Notre Dame on March 4.