The Seminoles blew an 11-point second-half lead, losing their regular-season finale to Notre Dame Sunday afternoon. Tallahassee Democrat
A strong senior showing wasn't enough to give them a happy home ending.
The Florida State women's basketball team has relied heavily on its three seniors this season. That was the case again Sunday on Senior Day as the Seminoles hosted Notre Dame to close out the regular season.
2020欧洲杯正规平台In quite possibly the final home game of their FSU careers, the three seniors stood out, combining to score 48 points.
But that didn't prove to be enough as the No. 22 Seminoles (22-7, 11-7) blew a lead that was as large as 11, falling to the Fighting Irish (13-17, 8-10 in ACC) 70-67 Sunday afternoon with 4,360 fans at the Tucker Civic Center.
"Obviously, very disappointed. Had our opportunities and just fell short," FSU head coach Sue Semrau said in her brief opening statement after the loss.
The loss overshadows a pair of standout performances from FSU seniors playing in what should be their final home games of special collegiate careers.
Kiah Gillespie scored 22 points while Nausia Woolfolk added 20 of her own. Overall, FSU's three seniors scored 71.6% of the Seminoles' points.
The loss keeps FSU without a win over Notre Dame in program history, dropping FSU to 0-10 all-time in the series.
"No matter what, we're going to do it together. Win or lose, we're locked together," Semrau said of her team after the loss.
2020欧洲杯正规平台"It doesn't feel good at this point, it's not the outcome we wanted, but I wouldn't trade these guys for anybody."
Luckily for the Seminoles, the other happenings across the ACC keep the Seminoles as the No. 4 seed in next week's ACC Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. That gives them the final double-bye and means they won't play until Friday's quarterfinals.
2020欧洲杯正规平台They play Friday at 11 a.m. against either the No. 5, No. 12 or No. 13 seed.
The Seminoles seemed on their way to a win and an ACC Tournament double-bye when they led by 11 early in the third quarter.
But the Irish charged back into it, stealing a win that marks their third straight victory.
2020欧洲杯正规平台After shooting 38.7% in the first half, ND shot 57.1% from the floor. The Seminoles shot 37.9% in the second half. The Irish finished the game on a 40-26 run.
2020欧洲杯正规平台"We gave up lane line drives. I had talked about that ad nauseam. You can't give that up, especially layups. That was tough," Semrau said of what her team struggled with down the stretch.
"It felt like we were both able to score and we've got to find a way to get stops...They made us pay."
ND outrebounded FSU in the second half and had twice as many assists, finishing the game with 19 assists to FSU's 12.
Beaten from beyond
2020欧洲杯正规平台In a game FSU dominated a few phases, a strong three-point showing helped the Irish hang around.
While FSU shot 31.8% from the perimeter, the Irish made 50% of their three-pointers, better than they shot on two-point shots.
ND freshman forward Sam Brunelle led this charge. Brunelle -- who entered Sunday shooting 29% from outside the arc on the season -- made seven of her 11 three-point attempts as part of her game-high 25 points.
2020欧洲杯正规平台The loss overshadows what was a game that saw the FSU seniors have standout moments.
They combined to score all 13 of FSU's first-quarter points and 29 of FSU's 35 points in the opening 20 minutes.
2020欧洲杯正规平台Gillespie scored FSU's first eight points and swished a remarkable half-court heave to beat the buzzer at the end of the first half.
Woolfolk had four three-pointers -- all in the first half -- as part of her 20-point performance.
"It's meant everything to me. Not a lot of people get a second chance and I was fortunate enough to be able to do that with a great coach, great coaching staff, great players," Gillespie said of her time at FSU.
"Everything I've done on the basketball court is nothing compared to the person it's made me while I've been here. I think that's the best part about Florida State. I'm more prepared to go into the real world. I'm excited for it."
While Woolfolk and Gillespie shined, senior point guard Nicki Ekhomu wasn't able to put together a similarly strong Senior Day showing.
2020欧洲杯正规平台She missed her first eight shots and made just one her of 11 shots, finishing with six points, five rebounds and six assists.
Her missed free throws with 1.5 seconds left and FSU trailing by three loomed large as this cost FSU its last great chance at a win.
2020欧洲杯正规平台"I feel for Nicki a little bit because it was very uncharacteristic for her to not shoot the ball well," Semrau said.
2020欧洲杯正规平台"That's the way it goes. Sometimes that's how that happens and you've got to have others step up."
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