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.
POST-GAME NOTES BY FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• The Seminoles entered tonight’s game with the sixth-longest win streak in the nation.
• FSU’s 70-61 defeat to NC State is a rare home loss in ACC play. The Seminoles had won 16 of their last 17 conference games at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
• Senior point guard Leticia Romero has led FSU in scoring in four straight games and five of the last six. She delivered 20 points (7-of-17), her fourth 20-point game of the year and sixth of her career.
• Romero tacked on four more 3-point field goals, shooting 4-of-7 for the contest. Over the last four games she has shot 16-of-25 from downtown.
• Senior guard Brittany Brown registered three assists to just two turnovers, the 13th time in 15 games she has generated a positive assist/turnover ratio.
• Junior center Chatrice White added 12 points and seven rebounds, including 10 key first-half points.
• FSU’s 10-point deficit with 27 seconds remaining in the game was its largest of the season.
• For just the second time this season, the Seminoles were outscored in the paint 24-20. However, FSU held large advantages in second-chance points (17-5) and bench points (17-9).
• Monday’s loss snaps FSU’s five-game win streak vs. North Carolina-based ACC schools.
• NC State out-scored FSU 24-12 in the fourth period and shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) in the frame after trailing 49-46 through three periods.
• Senior forward Ivey Slaughter recorded a season-high 12 rebounds in the loss.
• The Seminoles went 7-of-7 from the free throw line, but had far less free throw attempts compared to the Wolfpack (20-of-25).
• FSU out-rebounded the opposition for the 13th time in 15 games this season.
FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH SUE SEMRAU
“Credit NC State tonight. Defensively we expected them to go underneath the ball screen and jam it, and they were able to hedge it and we didn’t respond well. I thought our offense dictated our defense instead of vice versa. Defensively, that’s got to be our bread and butter, and we made so many defensive mistakes that NC State made us pay for. We couldn’t recover on the offensive end. We learned a great deal from this game and credit Wes (Moore) and his team.”
On some of tonight’s tendencies:
“We weren’t a strong unit tonight, and that’s something we pride ourselves on. Brittany (Brown) a few games ago said that’s something we haven’t done yet – we haven’t splintered. This game we splintered as a unit. That’s something in the pace of the game you have to be able to stop and pull together. This whole season will be about learning and growing, and we’ll learn and grow from this.”
On whether she felt the team was turning it around following a 14-0 third-quarter run:
“I thought we were hitting some shots and did some things different defensively. I thought we settled in again and relaxed. We sent them to the free throw line 25 times – that’s the difference in the basketball game right there. We went seven and they went 25 on our home court. That’s not playing disciplined defense.”
On the momentum FSU had with its 12-game win streak:
“You guys as media, you love to talk about the fun facts. For me, it doesn’t matter. It’s what we do every single day and what we did today wasn’t good enough. We’ll get back out tomorrow and get better.”
SENIOR POINT GUARD LETICIA ROMERO
On how she rallies the team moving forward with a tough schedule coming up:
“I think we have to take the positives of this. This is a lesson we have to learn. In the long term there are so many games we still have to play, and this can help us if we take it the right way. This can help us grow. It comes down to Ivey (Slaughter), Brittany and me – the captains – we have to lead the team and bring everyone together. I didn’t think the three of us did a good job of being together today. I’m sure everyone is going to be ready tomorrow to get back on the court and fix it.”
JUNIOR CENTER CHATRICE WHITE
On if she feels like she’s hitting her stride at Florida State:
“I think so. We’re going game by game and getting better in practice as we go along. I think my teammates have confidence in me and coaches as well to do my thing – whether that’s scoring, rebounding, blocking shots, whatever it is.”
Coach Sue’s additional quote about Chatrice White:
“I like her attitude going forward. It’s like she wasn’t afraid to be in that situation. For a new player to come into the team and be like ‘I got this, I can help,’ I thought was a real big step tonight for her. I thought she was great tonight.”