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Jones scores 24, FSU women defeat UF in opener

The first night of basketball in the Donald L. Tucker Center since March featured a fun rivalry matchup — and an important Florida State win.

Morgan Jones scored a career-high 24 points on 11 of 18 shooting, while Valencia Myers had 12 points and 10 rebounds as FSU knocked off Florida 81-75 on Tuesday night. This was the Seminoles’ fifth straight win over UF.

Bianca Jackson, a South Carolina transfer who sat out last season, had 14 points on 3 of 12 shooting but was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line and had three assists. Kortney Weber added 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting.

FSU shot 30 of 65 (46 percent) from the floor.

Interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff earned her first win.

“I’m just so proud [of the team], not only for tonight but after six-plus months of uncertainty and adversity; for them to just push through and come out with great attitudes,” Wyckoff said. “Whatever came their way, they just confronted it and overcame it. I just can’t say enough about these kids and how they’ve shown who they are as people and basketball players.”

The Seminoles out-rebounded the Gators by almost double, 52-24.

“There was a huge emphasis [on rebounding] and I’ve got to give credit to Coach Sue (Semrau),” Coach Wyckoff added. “That is Coach Sue’s number one cornerstone of what we do; that we are phenomenal rebounders. She’s had some amazing rebounding teams and tonight was no different.”

FSU played without transfers Tiana England and Erin Howard, neither of whom have been medically cleared.

The full box score can be viewed here in PDF format.

FSU will play host to Austin Peay on Sunday at 2 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).