ATLANTA, Ga. (Seminoles.com) – A dominant fourth quarter in which No. 22/21 Florida State Women’s Basketball forced eight turnovers and out-scored Georgia Tech 17-4 led to a 64-55 win in the regular-season finale at McCamish Pavilion on Sunday.
The Seminoles (22-7, 10-6) clinched a fifth straight season with double-digit wins in the ACC despite being picked to finish in the middle of the league, their lowest pre-season prediction in 15 years.
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Five double-figure scorers led the Seminoles, including a game-high 16 points from junior Nausia Woolfolk, 12 each from Jonesboro, Ga., native Morgan Jones and Kiah Gillespie, 11 from Valencia Myers and 10 from Nicki Ekhomu.
Jones, playing in front of several hometown fans, led the FSU charge by tying her career high in points and establishing a new high with eight rebounds. Ekhomu tied her career high with eight assists, while Gillespie added her 10th double-double with 13 rebounds.
Overall, FSU forced 15 Georgia Tech turnovers, with more than half coming in the final quarter. The Yellow Jackets ran out of steam in the closing period, being held to just 2-of-12 from the floor in the last 10 minutes. FSU also out-rebounded a tough Georgia Tech team on the glass, 43-37.
The Seminoles will be the sixth seed at next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Their second-round game will happen Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. on either FOX Sports Florida or FOX Sports Sun. FSU’s opponent is to be determined.
FSU shot 46.7 percent in the third quarter but still trailed 51-47 entering the fourth. Georgia Tech’s Elizabeth Balogun led all scorers with 13 points, but Jones picked up her play and helped FSU in the scoring column and on the glass with nine points and six boards through the first three periods. FSU held Georgia Tech to just 5-of-15 shooting in the third, but three of those were from long range by the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech took a 36-32 lead at halftime after a buzzer-beating lay-in by D’asia Gregg. From the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the second, the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-0 run, but FSU managed to keep the pace after scoring 20 second-quarter points. Ekhomu ignited the Seminoles with eight points and five assists going into the break.
Florida State took a 12-11 lead to end the first quarter despite being held scoreless over the remaining three minutes of the period. FSU held the Yellow Jackets to just 25 percent shooting (4-of-16) in the opening frame. Woolfolk helped the Seminoles with two 3-point field goals to start the game.