Nausia Woolfolk had a big first half, Kiah Gillespie hit the shot that put Florida State up by double digits and Nicki Ekhomu helped put her team back in control.
Woolfolk scored 18 of her season-high 24 points before halftime, Kiah Gillespie added 22 points with nine rebounds and Ekhomu finished with a career-high 12 assists to lead No. 12 Florida State past No. 6 Texas A&M 80-58 on Sunday night.
“They all just play such a strong role for us,” said coach Sue Semrau. “I thought Woolfolk got us going early. And then Kiah in the second half, she had rhythm shots. She took ’em. She hit ’em. And then Nicki just runs the show.”
The first meeting between the teams since the Seminoles won on the Aggies’ home court in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament came at TCU in the Maggie Dixon Classic, named for the late sister of Horned Frogs men’s coach Jamie Dixon.
It’s the second straight year TCU has hosted the event, in its 14th season. The previous year, coach Gary Blair and his Aggies were the hosts. Maggie Dixon died of heart arrhythmia in 2006. The first tournament in her honor was held later that year at Army, where she coached.
FSU is now 3-0 vs. SEC teams, picking up road wins over Florida and LSU as well as Sunday’s win over Texas A&M.
Gillespie was 5 of 6 from inside the 3-point line while going 3 of 10 outside the arc, but one of those 3s opened the second half and gave the Seminoles (7-0) their first double-digit lead at 43-32.
Florida State’s 13-point lead in the third quarter was down to five late in the period before buckets late in the shot clock from Kourtney Weber and Ekhomu, who assisted on Weber’s basket and finished with 15 points.
The Seminoles will play host to No. 15 Michigan State on Thursday night.