A perfect 10th win it wasn’t.
But the Florida State women’s basketball team has a 10-0 start for just the fourth time in program history.
Playing for the first time in a week as coach Sue Semrau gave the Seminoles a break to study for exams, the Seminoles were sluggish. Woolfolk was not, making 10 of 18 shots from the floor while pulling down four rebounds and recording four steals.
“Nausia really played a great game,” Semrau said. “She was able to get by people, finish shots. That helped us when we were a little out of sync.”
Nicki Ekhomu had 10 points for the Seminoles (10-0), who used an 18-2 run in the second period to take the lead and were in front the rest of the way.
Qadashah Hoppie scored 16 and Alissa Alston came off the bench to contribute 15 points for St. John’s (6-4).
Florida State has started 10-0 for the second time in three seasons and the fourth time in program history. All of those 10-0 starts have come since 2004-05 under coach Sue Semrau, who is in her 23rd season as FSU’s coach.
The Seminoles were tough on defense, forcing 18 turnovers, which led to 29 points.
Woolfolk willed FSU to a win. Even after one drive, in which she came up limping on her left leg, Woolfolk stayed in the game and played nearly 38 minutes.
“Somebody had to bring the momentum, somebody had to score,” Woolfolk said. “And if it was me, whether I was hurt or not, somebody had to do it. To give the team energy.”
The Seminoles shot 28 of 60 (46.7 %) from the floor.
Florida State has started 10-0 for the second time in three seasons and the fourth time in program history. All of those 10-0 starts have come since 2004-05 under Semrau, who is in her 23rd season as Florida State’s coach.
“We’ve been able to compete in some very good basketball games and come out on top,” Semrau said. “We still have a lot of growing to do.”
Florida State plays host to North Florida on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).
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The Seminoles have won 20 of their last 21 games in December. Florida State is 4-0 so far this season in December, including wins over then No. 6 Texas A&M and then No. 19 Michigan State.
Gillespie has 18 double-doubles in her two seasons at Florida State. The redshirt senior, who transferred from Maryland, has five double-doubles in 10 games in 2019-20 for the Seminoles.