TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Brianna Turner had 15 points and was one of four Notre Dame players in double figures as the second-ranked Fighting Irish defeated No. 12 Florida State 73-66 on Monday night.
Notre Dame (26-1, 14-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter but Florida State got within 71-66 with 7.8 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Maria Conde. They weren’t able to draw closer as the Irish extended their winning streak to 19.
Arike Ogunbowale and Madison Cable scored 13 points apiece while Michaela Mabrey added 11.
Ivey Slaughter led Florida State with 15 points and Shakayla Thomas added 14. The Seminoles (21-6, 11-3) saw their 31-game home winning streak snapped, which was the third-longest in the nation, and have lost two straight for the first time in two years.
Florida State took a 13-8 lead with 3:23 remaining in the first quarter on a jumper by Thomas when Notre Dame went on a 9-2 run to end the quarter. The Irish closed the period by going 4 of 7 from the field while the Seminoles made just one of their final eight attempts.
Notre Dame scored the first seven points of the second quarter to take a 24-15 lead. Florida State cut it to 24-19 on a layup by Kai James when the Irish scored 14 straight points, including four consecutive 3-pointers. Mabry led the run with nine points with all of them on 3-pointers. The Seminoles closed the half with four straight points to trail 43-28.
The Irish led 62-47 late in the third quarter when the Seminoles ran off eight straight points to get within single digits.
POST-GAME NOTES COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Monday’s attendance of 5,319 was the largest crowd for an FSU Women’s Basketball game since it drew 6,440 on Dec. 28, 2009 vs. Connecticut.
• Junior forward Ivey Slaughter registered 15 points and 10 rebounds for her 18th career double-double. Her total ties Adut Bulgak for the active team lead as well as eighth on the school’s all-time list. Slaughter also tied her season high with seven made field goals (7-of-11).
• Junior guard Brittany Brown made multiple 3-point field goals for the seventh time this season.
• Sophomore Shakayla Thomas finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. She went 8-of-10 from the free throw line, establishing a career high with her free throws made. Thomas now has 25 double-figure scoring games in 26 games played this season.
• Trailing 43-28 at halftime, FSU outscored the Fighting Irish 38-30 in the second half.
• Florida State held Notre Dame to 73 points, 6.5 below its ACC-best scoring average of 80.5 entering the game. In the second half, the Fighting Irish were limited to 40 percent (10-of-25) from the floor, including 2-of-8 from long range.
• For just the fourth time this season, FSU was out-rebounded as Notre Dame held a 38-36 edge. FSU has now out-rebounded its opponents 61 times in its last 66 games.
• FSU has lost consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 16-20, 2014.
• FSU’s loss snapped its 31-game home win streak which began on March 2, 2014.
• The Seminoles outscored Notre Dame 30-26 in points in the paint and 13-10 in second-chance points.
• Notre Dame is just the fourth ACC opponent to shoot above 40 percent vs. FSU this season.
• FSU is now fourth in the ACC standings with two regular-season games to go against sixth-place NC State (18-9, 9-5) and fifth-place Miami (22-5, 10-4). Notre Dame leads the ACC with a 14-0 conference mark, followed by Louisville (22-6, 13-1) and Syracuse (22-6, 12-3).
FSU HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
“Obviously not happy about the loss but I’m happy with our bounce back from a game that we thought that we just weren’t a good basketball team, and we showed a lot of grit, a lot of fight. I thought we won most of the 50/50 balls. You look at the stats and see we beat them in the paint, we beat them points off turnovers, second-chance points, fast-break points, third quarter, fourth quarter. Those were the types of things that we will build on. You know we got a better as a basketball team today than we did yesterday.”
Coach, how much of this game really did come down to that second quarter when Notre Dame began to rain three’s?
“Sure did. Credit them. Arike (Ogunbowale), she’s a great player. The scouting report on her, she only hit one three in conference so far. So Ivey (Slaughter) did the right thing. Ivey was guarding her. She came, bumped the roller, she got out and I think those were the toughest. Then we had a couple missed assignments we’ve been talking about, and I thought the team in turn locked in after halftime. You know when they could have said ‘man we can’t win this game,’ I thought they came back with a lot of fight.”
Sue, is it as simple as a tough 10 minutes, or were there other things you would like to have seen differently?
“Well I would like to see us shoot a little bit better. But you know sometimes that’s not going to happen and then the way we shot the basketball is uncharacteristic. If you look at our stats over the course of, I told them statistically you’re going to hit shots, but we rebounded the ball well. I thought we went and we attacked (Brianna) Turner, who is a tremendous player, defender. I felt like we got great looks, we just didn’t knock them down.”
How did it feel with Brittany Brown to get two fouls in the first quarter and having to sit her for the majority of the first half?
“I think it was more, it was more with our energy, than on the defensive end because that’s what Brittany brings most to the table. There’s a lot of people on this team who can score but Brittany brings an energy to the team on the defensive end, and that’s where we struggled in that second period. She’s never been in foul trouble like that so I don’t know. Whether I could have played her more, whether that would have made a difference but I can tell you who came out and showed who she is today, Maria Conde. I mean an unsung hero in so many ways. That kid came out defensively. It was where she used to struggle and she was tremendous tonight.”
Was it tough finding the right line-up?
“It was and again, I think a lot of it was I was trying to give these guys a little bit of a rest through that time. Maybe we had some funky lineups at some point and I’ll take the blame for that. But again, with Brittany being out and trying to play Ivey more at the three spot. I think we figured some things out tonight.”
JUNIOR LETICIA ROMERO
On her momentum-building 3-pointer and her defensive effort:
“I feel like we improved defensively in the second half. We weren’t doing a very good job in the second quarter but we came out we played our butt off and I think that changed everything. I also feel like for me, even though I didn’t have a good shooting game tonight, I was confident in that my post-plays were going to get around and they have been awesome. Every time I shot they were there. It gives me a lot of confidence that I can miss a shot, even though I need to work on that, but that’s huge for us and I feel like as long as we can do that every game and play like we did at the end we’re going to be really good.”
SOPHOMORE SHAKAYLA THOMAS
On what the message was at halftime:
“We already had confidence coming back in at halftime, we knew what we did wrong. So when Coach Sue came in we were like ‘Oh, we knew that already,’ and we knew what we needed to come out and do [in the second half].
On knowing the team is capable of improving during the game:
“I trusted my team before, but now I trust them more than ever. We became closer during this game than in any other game.”
JUNIOR IVEY SLAUGHTER:
On seeing Notre Dame this late in the season and possibly seeing them again in the ACC Tournament:
“I think it helps. We played them at the beginning last year and we played great teams in the ACC, but Notre Dame was one of the best. I feel like this year we’ll sort of have a little chip on our shoulder knowing we were so close to beating them and knowing that we can beat them. We just have to play four quarters straight.”