NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) – Brianna Turner scored 24 points to lead No. 5 Notre Dame to its fourth straight ACC regular season title with a 79-61 win over No. 8 Florida State on Sunday.
Arike Ogunbowale added 19 points and Kathryn Westbeld had 14 for the Irish (27-3, 15-1 ACC), who will once again be the top seed in the conference tournament, which they have won every year since joining the league in 2013.
Brittany Brown scored 16 points to lead Florida State (25-5, 13-3) and Leticia Romero added 14.
Notre Dame came out hot, hitting four of five field goals, and had a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Turner hit three straight baskets down low to begin the second quarter, part of an 8-0 Irish run that pushed their lead to 16 points.
Ogunbowale opened the second half with a jumper and a layup and the Irish lead was up to 19 less than two minutes into the third quarter.
A 10-0 Florida State run cut it to 59-50 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame’s Jackie Young stroked a 3-pointer at the other end to get the Irish advantage back to double digits.
Florida State leading scorer Shakayla Thomas (15 points per game) returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a shoulder injury. She finished with 10 points.
POST-GAME NOTES FROM FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Florida State is locked into the No. 2 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament held at the HTC Center in Conway, S.C. FSU will play in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6 p.m. The bracket will be announced Sunday night.
• FSU is now 7-3 in AP Top 25 games this season. The seven wins are a season record for the program.
• Leticia Romero recorded her 17th double-figure points game of the season and the 47th of her career.
• Senior Brittany Brown led the Seminoles with 16 points, nearing her season high of 17. It is the eighth time in her career she has led FSU in scoring, including the fourth time this season.
• Florida State’s 25 regular-season wins are tied for the second-most in program history, only trailing the 2014-15 team’s 27 regular-season victories.
• FSU finishes the regular season with a 9-2 record on the road.