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Jones scores 25 as FSU routs Grambling

The Florida State women’s basketball team wrapped up its season-opening four-game homestand with another resounding victory, 76-53 over Grambling State on Sunday afternoon. 

Morgan Jones had a season-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting. It was Jones’ fourth career 20-point game and the third-highest scoring performance of her career.

“She took really good shots today. She’s been working on those shots for years and years,” coach Sue Semrau said.

Guards Sara Bejedi and freshman O’Mariah Gordon pushed the pace for the Noles all afternoon, dealing out three and five assists, respectively. The Seminoles (4-0) finished with 21 assists on 26 buckets. It marked their second straight game finishing with 20+ assists.

Freshman Makayla Timpson sunk a pair of free throws late in the first quarter to put the Noles up 20-18 and they never looked back. River Baldwin had another strong outing in the paint, with 10 of her 12 points coming from down low.

“Our guards get out fast. Our coaches constantly remind us that we are best in transition,” said Baldwin about the Noles’ offensive aggression.

The Noles were persistent offensively throughout the game, with Jones getting to the line 14 times. The Noles turned up the heat defensively in the second half, holding their opponents to just five points in the third quarter. Led by Valencia Myers, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, the Noles out-battled the Tigers on the glass by a margin of 13 (39-26).

Myers’ 10-point, 10-rebound double-double marked the fifth of her FSU career.

Amaya Brown and Gordon got the fans on their feet with back-to-back blocks in the fourth quarter. The Seminoles had 11 blocks vs. Grambling’s 1.

“We talk about being solid. The fact that our players are so athletic and can get up to block shots, is always fun for the crowd,” Semrau said about her team’s defense.

The Noles forced 20 turnovers, scoring 24 points off those turnovers.

FSU begins a three-game road trip at the St. Pete Showcase against BYU on Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. live on streaming service FloSports. The tournament takes place at Eckerd College and also includes No. 22 West Virginia and Purdue.