CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Miami is back in the ACC Tournament semifinals for the second straight season after beating rival Florida State.
Keyona Hayes and Adrienne Motley each scored 12 points to help the Hurricanes hold off the eighth-ranked Seminoles 56-54 on Friday night.
The Hurricanes (23-7) will face No. 13 Duke or No. 21 Syracuse in the semifinals on Saturday.
Seventh-seeded Miami led 54-45 midway through the fourth quarter before Florida State rallied to 56-54 on Leticia Romero’s 3-pointer with 1:53 left. After both teams came up empty on offensive possessions, Laura Cornelius’ runner for Miami rimmed out with 55.5 seconds left.
Florida State (25-6) got four chances in the final 30 seconds to tie the game, but shot after shot wouldn’t drop. The final opportunity came when Ivey Slaughter was fouled with 4.9 seconds left, but she missed both free throws — the second on purpose. Miami corralled the rebound and ran out the clock.
“We got great looks all night that were in and out,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “It’s just the way the ball bounces. Now we get ready for the NCAA Tournament.”
Miami scored just eight points in the final period, but played good enough defense to win.
“I’m very proud of the grit. I don’t know that that was the fourth quarter for the ages. It was not,” Meier said. “Eight points in the fourth quarter and winning is good, but boy, did we get some great defensive stops.”
Romero led the second-seeded Seminoles with 14 points, and Shakayla Thomas added 13.
Miami led 20-18 in the second quarter before scoring five straight points, including a 3 by Cornelius. Hayes scored all seven points during a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 11.
The Hurricanes led 33-25 at halftime and the teams traded baskets for most of the second half before Miami had its 54-45 advantage.
POST-GAME NOTES FROM FSU SPORTS INFORMATION:
• Florida State will find out its NCAA Tournament seeding on Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
• Despite the loss to Miami, the Seminoles finish 2-1 against the Hurricanes this season.
• Senior point guard Leticia Romero recorded a game-high 14 points (5-of-11) including three 3-point field goals (3-of-5). For the 21st time in her career, she led FSU in scoring.
• Junior forward Shakayla Thomas recorded 13 points (6-of-14), her 74th career double-figure game.
• The Seminoles out-rebounded Miami 34-30.
• Brittany Brown added three steals to extend her career total to 307.