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Woolfolk scores 23, Ekhomu hits 1,000-point mark in win

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Nausia Woolfolk hit four 3-pointers and scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Florida State to an 88-59 win over Samford on Sunday.

It is the second time in her career Woolfolk has had back-to-back 20-point games and her second career double-double, the first with points and rebounds.

All five starters were in double figures for the Seminoles (4-0) with Kiah Gillespie scoring 15 points. The other three starters each had 10, including Nicki Ekhomu, who surpassed 1,000 career points. All nine Seminoles scored.

Woolfolk scored the first five points of the game and raced to an 11-0 lead. Woolfolk closed the first quarter with a 3 to make it 21-11 and the lead was in double figures the rest of the game.

Sarah Myers and Natalie Armstrong had 12 points apiece for the Bulldogs (1-4), who were outscored by 12 at the foul line and outrebounded by 20.

Next up for FSU is a game at Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at 1 p.m.

FSU volleyball loses in five-set match

Despite holding an advantage over the Tar Heels in hitting percentage, blocks, and assists, as well as posting a 9-1 lead in the fifth set, Florida State (17-8, 10-5 ACC) was defeated on Sunday afternoon by North Carolina (14-11, 11-4 ACC) by the score of 23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 13-15. The Seminoles also lost in five sets to UNC on October 13 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“It was unbelievable,” said FSU coach Chris Poole. “We kept shooting ourselves in the foot throughout the first two sets, but came back and played really well in sets three and four. We had a commanding lead­, as big of a lead as I may have ever had in a fifth set, only to lose it. Which, again, just goes to show our inconsistency. We have not done a good job of taking care of the ball at critical times and it was the difference in winning and losing the match today.”

FSU will travel north this week to take on No. 2 Pitt (26-1, 15-0 ACC) for its next match on Friday. The Noles and Panthers will play at 6 p.m., and the match will be broadcast nationally on ACC Network.

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