TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Nausia Woolfolk scored 21 points, Nicki Ekhomu added 20 and No. 11 Florida State defeated North Carolina 78-64 on Sunday.
“I am really proud of my team,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “The staff has worked them really hard these last two days. We were disappointed with our defensive effort with the Georgia Tech game. We worked them really hard with the defensive end, held a pretty good shooting team (North Carolina) to 38 percent, and we still got work to do.”
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The Seminoles (15-2, 4-2) had a 14-1 run in the second quarter and led 40-33 at the half. The Tar Heels (12-4, 3-2) tied the game midway through the third quarter, but FSU closed with a 14-3 run, seven by Ekhomu, to take a 56-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
Florida State used a 9-0 run to push the lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter, but North Carolina answered with a 10-0 to cut the deficit to 65-58 at the midway point.
“We will certainly celebrate this one because ACC games are tough, tough to win,” Semrau added. “It was important to take care of the basketball, the staff told the team that we wanted a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio, and to have 16 assists to 11 turnovers, that changed from what we have had the last couple of games.”
The Tar Heels, who handed No. 9 North Carolina State its first loss on Thursday, got as close as six but missed their next six shots. Ekhomu scored seven straight points to push the lead back to 14.
Florida State shot 57% for the game and made 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Koenen hit a career-high six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Tar Heels (12-4, 3-2), who shot just 35% in the second half. Koenen topped 1,000 career points.