January 22, 2023 - by

High-Powered Second Half Lifts Noles Past Pitt

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A 30-point third quarter and a dominant second half lifted Florida State Women’s Basketball to a 74-37 victory over Pitt on Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

“We really took care of business on the defensive end,” FSU Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said. “(It was) against a Pitt team that knows who they are defensively and are going to make things tough for us offensively. They certainly tried to do that in the first half. We didn’t let that deter our defensive focus and our ability to get rebounds.”

The Seminoles (18-4, 7-2) held the Panthers (7-12, 0-8) to just 15.8 percent shooting and only 15.4 percent from the outside. For the second consecutive game, sophomore forward Makayla Timpson recorded six blocked shots, raising her season total to 54 on the season to tie for ninth in program history.

“Today’s game plan was to stay in the paint, and I just had to help the guards and be a rim protector for the team,” Timpson added.

Freshman Ta’Niya Latson and senior Sara Bejedi co-led the Seminoles with 19 points apiece, as Latson added 10 in the second half and Bejedi heated up with 12 in the game’s final 20 minutes. In each of the last two games, Bejedi and Latson have co-led FSU in scoring after each recorded 15 on Thursday in the comeback win over Virginia.

The Seminoles led 29-14 at halftime but really got going in the third quarter, out-scoring Pitt 30-9. Carrying over from late in the second quarter, FSU extended its 11-0 run into the third when Latson scored five quick points on her first two touches of the half.

FSU would finish the third on a 17-3 run, and then finished the Panthers in the fourth. The Seminoles out-rebounded Pitt, 55-49, and collected 12 blocked shots, tied for the second-most in a game in program history.

Sophomore Mariana Valenzuela stayed hot from the floor, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 3-of-6 from 3-point range. Valenzuela is now shooting 51.3 percent overall this season and 57.9 percent from downtown.

Graduate forward Valencia Myers added five points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in quality minutes off the bench.

The Seminoles out-scored Pitt, 24-4, in fast-break points as well as 22-12 inside the paint.

Florida State goes on the road for a matchup at seventh-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday, Jan 26, at 8 p.m. ET. The game will air on several Bally Sports networks, including Bally Sports Florida.

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