Thomas, Alix lead No. 12 Florida State past Virginia 77-62
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Shakayla Thomas scored 20 points, A.J. Alix added 17 and No. 12 Florida State turned back Virginia 77-62.
Imani Wright added 14 points for the Seminoles (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who reached 20 wins for the 12th time under coach Sue Memrau
Felicia Aiyeotan had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers (15-9, 8-3) and Aliyah Huland El added 13 points. Jocelyn Willoughby grabbed 10 rebounds as Virginia outrebounded the Seminoles, who are third in the country at plus-12.2 boards, 43-32.
Chatrice White had a 3-pointer and seven points in an early 12-0 for the Seminoles, who led 19-9 after one quarter. A 20-2 run in the second quarter, started by a pair of Alix 3s followed by a Wright 3, led to a 42-21 lead at the half.
Down 19 entering the fourth quarter, the Cavs got within eight before FSU made 7 of 8 free throws in the last 1:17.