The Seminoles jumped out to a 14-6 lead, powered by five early points by Romero. They were up by nine early in the second quarter before scoring the next seven points, with the first five from Bulgak, to make it 34-18 about seven minutes before halftime.
Walker made a layup after that and Texas A&M had several defensive stops, but the Aggies missed their next five shots, including three layups to remain in a big hole.
They finally got going soon after that, scoring four points in a row to get within 36-24.
But Bulgak, who had 13 rebounds, stopped A&M’s run by scoring the first five points of an 11-2 spurt that extended the lead to 47-26 at halftime. Ivey Slaughter had a 3-point play with 12 seconds left in the second half and Brittany Brown capped the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer with one second remaining.
Texas A&M opened the second half with a 7-2 run, with five points from Chelsea Jennings, to cut the lead to 49-33. But Florida State used a 6-2 spurt after that to push it back to 20 points.
The Aggies got within 17 with another run later in the third quarter, but the Seminoles answered again, scoring the last four points of the third quarter to make it 64-43 entering the fourth.
POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• No. 5 seed Florida State will face No. 1 seed Baylor in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Saturday, March 26, at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT in Dallas, Texas.
• Senior center Adut Bulgak registered her 19th career double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, putting her in sole possession of eighth place in program history in just two seasons.
• Bulgak’s 13 rebounds tie an FSU NCAA postseason record, which she has a part of. In last year’s NCAA Second Round win over FGCU, Bulgak also pulled down 13 rebounds.
• For the second straight NCAA postseason game, FSU had four players score in double figures – Bulgak (18), Leticia Romero (17), Brittany Brown (16) and Ivey Slaughter (10).
• FSU is making its fourth trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, including its first in consecutive seasons. This is the second time FSU has advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 by way of an opponent’s home court, defeating second-seeded Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2007.
• The win by FSU over Texas A&M improves its record to 2-1 vs. the Aggies. FSU’s other win over Texas A&M was also significant, defeating the Aggies when they were ranked third on Jan. 5, 2009, in Tallahassee (W, 60-53).
• The Seminoles shot 16-of-18 (88.9 percent) from the free throw line, the eighth time it has shot above 80 percent from the charity stripe this year.
• FSU improves to 19-14 all-time in NCAA postseason play, including 18-11 under Semrau.
• Leticia Romero has a positive assist/turnover ratio in nine of her last 10 games. She had six assists and four turnovers.
• FSU out-rebounded a Texas A&M team with good size by a 44-35 margin.
• Junior guard Brittany Brown added four more steals and now has 95 for the season. Her total is now the third-most in single-season program history.
• Florida State’s 27-16 lead through the first period was its highest point total in the first since leading Wake Forest 27-9 on Jan. 28.
• The Seminoles held a 47-26 lead at halftime, their biggest halftime lead since leading Boston College 39-15 on Jan. 7.
• Junior Ivey Slaughter nearly had her 19th career double-double as well with 10 points and nine rebounds.