TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Shakayla Thomas scored 16 points, Imani Wright had 13 points and nine rebounds, and No. 12 Florida State beat Jacksonville State 73-62 on Friday in a season opener for both teams.
Wright, a transfer from Baylor, gave Florida State a 19-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Jacksonville State pulled to 69-61 with 2:32 left, but Thomas answered with a basket and the Seminoles led by double figures the rest of the way.
Ivey Slaughter and Brittany Brown each added 10 points for Florida State, which has won 16 consecutive season-opening home games. Chatrice White, a transfer from Illinois, had eight points and eight rebounds. It was Slaughter's 49th career game scoring in double figures.
Florida State coach Sue Semrau started her 20th season and coached in her 600th game.
Briana Benson made 6 of 9 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Jacksonville State, which played against a ranked team for the first time since 2010. Gretchen Morrison added five 3-pointers and 16 points as the Gamecocks hit 13 of 25 shots from distance.
Jacksonville State missed 11 consecutive shots in the first half, but only trailed 36-34.
No. 2 Mississippi State remains undefeated with a 76-55 win over No. 17 Texas A&M behind Victoria Vivians 26 points, including five 3-pointers.
The Crimson Tide finish with four players in double figures to secure a 7-7 record in conference play.
The Lady Tigers win their third straight game as Ayana Mitchell and Raigyne Louis finish in double figures.
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