January 29, 2023 - by

Timpson’s Big Game Powers No. 24 Noles Past No. 16 Duke

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Proving to be the biggest mismatch on the court, sophomore forward Makayla Timpson produced her 11th double-double of the season as she powered No. 24 Florida State Women’s Basketball past 16th-ranked Duke, 70-57, on Sunday afternoon at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

“Obviously a huge win today for us against a very good Duke team,” FSU Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff said. “I’ve said it all season, but the way this group responds to any kind of adversity or down moment, like the Notre Dame game, they always find a way to respond and do exactly what’s needed to bounce back. I’m really proud of our defensive effort and what we were able to hold Duke to shooting-percentage wise and overall points.”

The Blue Devils (18-3, 8-2) entered the matchup as the league’s top defensive team allowing just 51.2 points per game. But Timpson found a way to get her numbers with 21 points and 10 rebounds while also altering several shots underneath defensively and aiding a Seminoles (19-5, 8-3) squad that allowed Duke to shoot just 26.4 percent (19-of-72) from the floor.

It was Timpson’s fourth 20-point game of the season. Her 11 double-doubles tie for the seventh-most in a season in program history. Natasha Howard’s record of 15 double-doubles in a season is within reach.

“I didn’t like the Notre Dame game at all. I said ‘We gotta win today,’” Timpson said. “The coaches were pretty great at coaching us and we played as a team, which allowed us to win today.”

Between the end of the second quarter and the start of the third, FSU strung together a game-changing 15-0 run that gave it a 37-22 lead. Freshman guard Ta’Niya Latson, who recorded 15 points, hit a buzzer-beating runner to end the first half and put the Seminoles ahead 30-22.

The FSU lead ballooned to 20 points at 47-27 on a jumper by Sara Bejedi, who had 11 points and drew eight fouls. The third quarter performance included out-scoring Duke 21-12, sealing FSU’s momentum in the game.

The Seminoles out-rebounded Duke, 48-46, and won the battles on the defensive boards, 34-27. With Timpson’s monster game inside, FSU out-scored Duke in the paint 34-24. In the big third quarter, the Seminoles shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14).

The win gives FSU its first Triangle sweep of the regular season since the 2018-19 year, with all three being ranked wins. FSU defeated No. 13 UNC on the road (78-71), No. 11 NC State at home (91-72) and the 16th-ranked Blue Devils on Sunday.

FSU’s three AP Top 25 wins this year are its most since having six in the 2019-20 season.

Duke guard Shayeann Day-Wilson led the Blue Devils with 14 points.

Prior to the game, Florida State Athletics celebrate former head coach Sue Semrau with a public reception that filled up the Tucker Center’s Exhibition Hall, with several former colleagues saying many kind words about the 25-year FSU legend. Semrau was also honored with a raucous celebration at the end of the first quarter on the Tucker Center court.

The Seminoles return to the Tucker Center in their next game on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. as they host Wake Forest. The game will promote National Girls and Women in Sport Day.

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