Big second half lifts No. 17 Noles after Jacksonville
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (Seminoles.com) – Senior Valencia Myers scored 15 points as she led Florida State’s No. 17 women’s basketball team (3-0) to a 64-39 point victory over University of Jacksonville. The Seminoles increased their record to 3-0 after coming back from a 10-point deficit at the start of the first half.
The Seminoles were down 13-3 at the start and the Dolphins led 22-19 before entering the locker room at halftime.
“We didn’t do what we’re doing,” head coach Sue Semrau said of the first half. “Offensively, we weren’t the aggressor.
After halftime, they came out with a new frame of mind as senior Morgan Jones put the Seminoles ahead with their first lead of the game at 23-22. This set the tone for the remainder of the game as the ‘Noles kept a solid lead and outscored Jacksonville 27-7 in the third period alone.
“As our defense improved, everything was able to open up offensively,” said Myers. “Our first half wasn’t Florida State Basketball. We went out [for the second half], we were aggressive, we were ready to attack. We had better intensity and we put pressure on the ball in defense and that just allowed everything to open up.
Myers had seven rebounds and had 6 of 8 shots from the field. Jones and rookie Makayla Timpson each contributed 12 points and picked up eight rebounds apiece.
“She [Timpson] is so willing to do all the little things; run, bounce, save people when they throw a terrible pass. I thought she and Sara Bejedi were the sparks, they made the difference on the bench here tonight, ”said Semrau.
The ‘Noles dominated Jacksonville 24-20 on the bench and topped the Dolphins by a 42-26 margin. FSU also led 14-2 in second chance points.
The Seminoles shot 46.8% from the field and held Jacksonville at 28.1%. In the second half, Florida State shot 66.7% (16 of 24) and recorded their best quarterback of the season in the third at 75%.
“We have to learn to play aggressively throughout the game, no matter how we feel,” said Semrau.
Jacksonville’s Taylor Hawks scored 14 points, a team-high, and Shynia Jackson contributed 12 points and had nine rebounds, a team-high.
The Florida State No.17 is looking to continue his perfect home record on Sunday, Nov.21 against Grambling State. The match will start at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.