A pair of free throws from Ivey Slaughter capped another 11-2 run in the middle of the third quarter to extend the lead to 52-33 and the rout was on. The Seminoles’ defensive effort in the second and third quarters was stifling as they held Missouri to 23 total points between the two periods. Mizzou ended the night shooting just 37.5% from the floor and just 25.0% from the three-point line.
“That’s what we do, we pride ourselves on the defensive end, we need to be dogs on defense,” Brittany Brown said. “I feel like coming into the NCAA Tournament we prided ourselves (again) on defense.”
Shakayla Thomas paced the Seminoles with 20 points and 11 rebounds, the 16th 20-point game and 10th double-double of her career. Brittany Brown finished the night with 16 points and eight assists, moving her into fifth all-time (162) in assists at FSU. Romero and Imani Wright each added with 14 points, respectively.
Florida State won the battle of the boards 35-29 and turned the Tigers over 23 times, leading to 20 points. The Seminoles also shot the three-ball well (7-14), led by Wright’s three triples.
Semrau has built a consistent winner at FSU, having now reached the Sweet 16 five times in her career at the school. The Seminoles will next take on No. 2 seed Oregon State on Saturday in Stockton, CA.
“This is a hard thing to do and it really separates you if you can be one of 16 teams in the country that get a chance to play on this second weekend,” Semrau said.