TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Ashley Wilson scored 19 points and Chelsea Nelson added 17 to help North Carolina State beat No. 6 Florida State 70-61 on Monday night, snapping the Seminoles’ 12-game winning streak.
The Wolfpack (12-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 49-46 going into the fourth quarter before going on a 10-3 run to take the lead. Nelson scored seven points in the quarter. Wilson made all 14 of her free throws as the Wolfpack were 20 of 25 from the line.
Miah Spencer added 12 points for North Carolina State, which has defeated top-10 teams in back-to-back games for the first time since 2007. The Wolfpack ended Notre Dame’s 35-game ACC winning streak last Thursday.
Leticia Romero scored 20 points for Florida State (13-2, 1-1), which lost for the first time since a two-point defeat to top-ranked UConn on Nov. 14. Their 12-game winning streak ties a school record with the 2004-05 squad.
FSU has defeated NC State eight times in the last 11 meetings since 2008. In last year’s 56-52 nail-biter at Broughton High School, point guard Leticia Romero came through in the clutch. She broke a 49-49 tie with a 3-pointer with 1:15 left, then added an insurance layup to make it 54-49 with 28 seconds left. Romero finished with 15 points (6-of-11) and four assists.
Florida State’s 13-1 start to the season has become a welcomed trend. FSU has won 13 of its first 14 games in three of the last four seasons, also doing it in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
The Seminoles have won nine of their last 11 ACC home openers since the 2005-06 season. Last year’s ACC home-opening win over Boston College (W, 75-42) on Jan. 7, 2016, began an 11-game win streak which is now the third-longest win streak in program history. However, all 11 wins came against ACC schools to mark the longest ACC win streak in program history.
A few Seminoles have posted quality individual performances against NC State in year’s past. In FSU’s 72-52 win over NC State on Feb. 26, 2015, Brittany Brown tied her career high with 12 rebounds. In junior forward Shakayla Thomas’ two games against the Pack, she is averaging 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and shooting 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from the floor.
NC State’s last trip to Tallahassee in 2015 included another program benchmark for Florida State Women’s Basketball. The 72-52 win gave FSU an undefeated home record in the regular season for the first time ever (14-0) and allowed it to reach a then-program record 13 ACC wins (FSU would finish 14-2 in the conference in that 2014-15 season).
FSU and NC State are two of five ACC schools with a scoring margin greater than 20 points per game, joining Duke (+27.3), Notre Dame (+21.8) and Virginia Tech (+20.4).
Following Monday’s game, FSU turns around and faces North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. on the ACC Network Extra.