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Seminoles post fourth rout in four games

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Leonor Rodriguez scored a career-high 22 and Chasity Clayton had 21 as Florida State posted its school-record fourth consecutive victory of 30 points or more Friday, 90-51 over Eastern Kentucky at the San Juan Shootout.

The Seminoles (4-0) opened the season with home wins over Samford (77-42), Florida (98-67) and Stetson (76-44).

FSU faces its first ranked opponent today, taking on No. 17 Vanderbilt, which is coming off a 73-66 loss to Virginia.

Rodriguez went 8-for-8 from the floor with three 3s against EKU (3-1). Guard Morgan Toles didn't score, but she had 10 assists and no turnovers as the Seminoles shot 54 percent from the field.

"Not since (ex-Seminole) Courtney Ward have I seen a point guard that can distribute the ball like Morgan and Cheetah (Yashira Delgado, six assists) can," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "Morgan was dishing it (Friday) where they could score."

Virginia 73, No. 17 Vandy 66: Jazmin Pitts scored a career-high 20 off the bench as the Cavaliers upended the Commodores (3-2) at the San Juan Shootout.

UF 66, N.C. State 64: Carlie Needles' 3-pointer with six seconds left lifted the Gators (4-1) past the Wolfpack at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas. N.C. State lost the ball going upcourt and fouled Sydney Moss (15 points, 10 rebounds), who hit a free throw for the final margin. Needles had nine points.

"This was a really a gutsy performance, and I could not be more proud of how we handled the adversity of a lot of moments," said coach Amanda Butler, whose Gators play Northern Iowa today.

USF 85, N. Dakota 58: Junior guard Inga Orekhova scored a career-high 23, including five of the host Bulls' 11 3-pointers, and USF improved to 4-0 with a rout of winless North Dakota.

"This might have been Inga's best game, shot selection-wise," coach Jose Fernandez said. "The good thing was our guards were able to find her."

No. 2 UConn 81, Marist 39: Freshman Breanna Stewart had 20 points and the Huskies (4-0) held Marist without a field goal for 13 minutes at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. UConn plays Purdue today.

No. 14 Purdue 67, Wake 53: Sam Ostarello had 15 points as the Boilermakers (5-0) pulled away.

No. 3 Baylor 92, Liberty 60: The Bears (5-1) cruised to their 43rd consecutive win at home.

No. 4 Duke 90, Valpo 45: The Blue Devils (3-0) posted their 57th consecutive home victory over unranked nonconference foes.

No. 5 Notre Dame 76, No. 19 UCLA 64: Freshman Jewell Loyd (19 points) and Kayla McBride (18) made up for the off game by All-American Skylar Diggins (12 points, four turnovers) and the Irish (4-0) pulled away against the host Bruins (2-1).

No. 6 Penn St. 80, Detroit 72: Maggie Lucas scored 27 and the Nittany Lions (4-0) held on at the Cal State Northridge tournament in Los Angeles.

No. 8 Ga. 84, St. Bonaventure 48: Khaalidah Miller scored 22 and had five steals as the Bulldogs (6-0) forced 24 turnovers at the University of New Mexico tournament in Albuquerque.

No. 9 Ky. 73, Morehead St. 37: Samarie Walker scored 15 as the host Wildcats (3-1) had a 34-7 edge on the offensive glass.

No. 11 Cal 91, E. Wash. 58: The host Golden Bears (4-0) got 28 points off turnovers.

LSU 71, No. 12 W. Va. 63: Danielle Ballard scored 25 and the Tigers upset the Mountaineers (3-1) at the Thanksgiving Classic in Miami.

No. 13 Okla. 73, Ark. 70: The Sooners (3-1) overcame a 30-point night from the Razorbacks' Keira Peak at the Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

No. 22 Kansas 76, Ala. A&M 59: Carolyn Davis scored 19 for the host Jayhawks (4-0).

No. 23 Neb. 74, USC 65: Lindsey Moore scored 23 and the Cornhuskers (5-1) rallied with a 17-2 ending run over the host Trojans.

No. 24 Dayton 68, Buffalo 44: The host Flyers are 5-0, their best start since going 6-0 in 1992-93.

Eckerd 83, P.R.-Bayamon 55: Liga Vente and Annie Armstrong each scored 18 as the host Tritons (2-1) won their home opener in the Thanksgiving Classic.

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