Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – Akela Maize scored eight of her 18 points in the final five minutes as North Carolina State beat No. 10 Florida State 65-56 on Thursday night.
Kiara Leslie added 16 points for the Wolfpack (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth consecutive game.
Maize was helped off the court after twisting her right ankle early in the third quarter, but she returned and scored in the lane to break a 47-47 tie with 4:14 to play in the game.
Maize added another basket and four consecutive free throws to help N.C. State build a 58-50 lead with 1:53 remaining.
Kaila Ealey scored 14 points and Chelsea Nelson had 11 for the Wolfpack.
Imani Wright scored 13 points to lead Florida State (18-4, 6-3), which lost for the second game in a row.
Nausia Woolfolk and Shakayla Thomas added 10 points each for the Seminoles.
POST-GAME NOTES (COMPILED BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION)
• Imani Wright delivered three 3-point field goals and now has 77 for the season, tying for the second-most at FSU. She needs two more 3s to break Courtney Ward’s school-record 78 in 2010-11.
• AJ Alix now has 145 assists this season, tying April Traylor (1999-00) for the eighth-most in a year.
• Shakayla Thomas’ 10 points was her 96th double-figure scoring game of the season.
• The Seminoles clung to a 26-25 halftime lead. Thursday’s loss is their first this season when leading at the half (13-1).
• NC State garnered 25 free throw attempts to FSU’s nine. FSU had 24 personal fouls to NC State’s 10.
• Imani Wright led FSU in scoring for the eighth time this season.
• In the NCAA Committee’s second Top 16 seed unveiling, FSU moved up three spots to the eighth overall seed. The seeds were revealed during halftime of the FSU-NC State game.
• FSU out-rebounded NC State 39-34 and held the Wolfpack to just three offensive boards.