GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jessica Thomas hit 5 of 6 from long distance and scored 21 points and No. 21 Miami, the fifth-seed, took control in the second half to defeat No. 14 Florida State, the four-seed, 74-56 on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.
The Hurricanes (24-7), who lost a late lead against their in-state rival to lose 70-67 in the regular season finale, pulled away this time to earn a spot in semifinals on Saturday against the Duke-Notre Dame winner.
Thomas opened the second half with a trey to break a 37-37 tie and an 8-0 run led to a 52-45 spread after three quarters.
Thomas had three 3s in the fourth quarter when Miami made 9 of 12 from the field. Emese Hoff added 15 points off the bench and Keyona Hayes and Adrienne Motley had 13 each.
Shakayla Thomas and Leticia Romero had 14 each for Florida State (23-7), which shot 23 percent (7 for 30) after intermission.
POST-GAME GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Florida State’s loss to Miami is just the program’s second loss to the Hurricanes in its last 11 meetings.
• Since the 2012-13 season, FSU is now 20-3 against opponents from the Sunshine State.
• The Seminoles will find out their NCAA Tournament seeding on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. on the ESPN Selection Show. The latest ESPNW Bracketology heading into the game had FSU hosting the first and second rounds as a No. 4 seed in the Lexington Regional.
• Junior point guard Leticia Romero tied for the team lead with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. In Romero’s career five games against Miami, she is shooting 28-of-46 (60.9 percent).
• Junior forward Ivey Slaughter corralled a season-high 12 rebounds to go along with her seven points, three assists and three steals. It was Slaughter’s sixth game this season of having 10+ rebounds.
• Florida State out-rebounded Miami for the first time this season by a 41-37 margin, including grabbing 20 offensive rebounds.
• Senior guard Emiah Bingley provided a big first-half boost with 11 points, including a buzzer-beating jumper that tied the half at 37-37. Bingley recorded three 3-point field goals, her fifth game this year with three or more triples.
• Sophomore Shakayla Thomas’ 14 points gives her 28 double-figure games in 29 games played this season. She added five rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
• FSU out-scored Miami in second-chance points 10-6.