Behind an 18-2 first half run, Florida State defeated visiting Stetson 76-44 Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
Shanasa Sanders and Jama Sharp each scored nine points and Cherisse Burris added eight points to lead the Hatters (1-3). Victoria McGowan picked up a team-high five rebounds.
"I was very pleased with our effort, I feel like we didn't back down and we didn't quit," Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. "I think we are making some progress. Certainly the result was not what we wanted, but I think we saw a lot of good things too."
The Seminoles used their run to break open what was a four-point game midway through the first half. Stetson played even with Florida State for much of the second half, holding the Seminoles to 34 points in the final 20 minutes.
"I thought we played them pretty tough in the second half, but the first half really killed us," Bria said. "Victoria got in foul trouble, and so did our post players. But overall I was pleased with our effort. To hold a team like Florida State to even 76 points is pretty good for us."
The Seminoles (3-0) had been averaging over 87 points per game, and they used their height advantage to outscore Stetson 50-18 in the paint.
"They are not real deep, but they are very big," Bria said. "They are very hard to score over. Playing a team like them really helps us see where we are and what we have to work on, and that's what we want to know right now in November. We are not going to worry about the record, we are just going to worry about getting better, and what we have to do to prepare for our league."
FSU was led by Natasha Howard (23 points) and Chelsea Davis (22 points).
Stetson returns home Tuesday night to complete a stretch of three games in five days. The Hatters will host Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. at the Edmunds Center.