PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Seminoles.com) – The inside presence of sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter proved to be the game’s biggest difference as Florida State Women’s Basketball held on to beat Temple, 66-62, on Sunday afternoon at McGonigle Hall.
Slaughter recorded her first double-double of the season and 10th of her career, collecting 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds on 7-of-14 shooting. She was a major factor in FSU holding a 44-29 rebounding edge in the game, including 18 on the offensive glass.
Temple proved to be a relentless bunch, giving FSU some fits in the second half. Junior center Adut Bulgak hit arguably the game’s biggest shot when she connected on a 3-pointer from the wing with 32.8 seconds left to give the Noles a 64-58 lead. Later, a layup by Temple’s Tyonna Williams cut the FSU lead to 64-62 with five seconds left, but redshirt senior guard Maegan Conwright calmly sank two free throws to seal the win.
The Seminoles (9-1) have now won 14 straight December games.
Sophomore guard Brittany Brown had one of her best all-around performances of the season with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks. Bulgak added another double-figure total with 11 points. FSU shot 45 percent from the floor while Temple shot 39.7 percent.
Temple’s Tanaya Atkinson drained a 3-pointer to put Temple behind just 37-33 in the second half, but Emiah Bingley responded with a big trey of her own to give the Noles a seven-point lead. However, Temple came back with five quick points on a layup from Erica Covile and a straightway 3-ball from Atkinson to cut its deficit to 40-38.
FSU clung to a 44-43 lead but got a big bucket from Slaughter down low, then used another huge 3-pointer from Bingley to make it 49-43 with 7:59 left. After Temple drained another long-range shot, Slaughter took over down low with back-to-back post and seals underneath as FSU got more breathing room with a 55-46 lead.
Brown continued to surge the Seminoles, giving FSU its largest lead at the time when she stole an errant pass from guard Khadijah Berger and went in for a layup to make it 35-27 Noles with 17:23 left in the game. The Noles continued to pound away on the offensive glass as well, getting 2-3 offensive boards on various possessions.
Florida State took a 28-23 halftime lead into the locker room following a physical first half. The low post tandem of Slaughter and Bulgak led the Noles with six points apiece, while FSU shot 41.4 percent (12-of-29) and held Temple to just 30.3 percent (10-of-33). The Noles held their largest lead at 26-19 on a beautiful scoop shot from Richardson with 2:49 remaining, but Temple scored two of the next three baskets before halftime to keep it close.
The game got off to a frenetic pace as FSU led the Owls 16-14 with 11:27 remaining in the first half. Brown stuffed the stat sheet early on, registering blocks, assists, steals and points to spark the Seminole offense and defense, while Slaughter manned the boards underneath. Bulgak, Slaughter and Brown led FSU early with four points apiece, as FSU shot 7-for-13 to start. Temple, however, found spaces in the FSU defense and kept the game tight early.
A 3-ball from the corner by Jones highlighted a needed run for FSU, scoring five quick points to force a Temple timeout leading 23-16 with 7:23 left in the first half. The Noles were forced adjust to a physical style of play that was allowed for both teams, as FSU out-rebounded the Owls 17-6 through that 7:23 mark to create second-chance opportunities for points. Both teams were averaging about 12 seconds per scoring possession and going at a quick pace in the half court.
FSU will host UNF on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Tuesday’s game features the Holiday Canned Food Drive, where you can receive free tickets to an upcoming FSU home game by donating a canned food item.
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