Thomas scores 23 to lead Florida State over Western Illinois

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By: Associated Press
March 17, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Shakayla Thomas scored 23 points and third-seeded Florida State beat No. 14 Western Illinois 87-66 Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Thomas, who was the coaches choice as Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, had 10 points in the third quarter as the Seminoles broke open a close game in the second half. Florida State (26-6) led 36-34 at halftime but went on a 14-5 run at the beginning of the third quarter to take control. Thomas also had 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

Chatrice White came off the bench to score 19 points and grab 14 rebounds while Imani Wright scored 14.

Taylor Higginbotham had 20 points for Western Illinois (26-7) and Morgan Blumer had 12.

The Leathernecks led for most of the first half.