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Desperate for a signature win and to get back over .500, Florida State women’s basketball got one on Sunday. Despite a furious rally from Notre Dame in the final quarter, the Seminoles held on for a 70-65 victory at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
After a stellar third quarter and a great start to the fourth, it appeared as though FSU would cruise in the “Play4Kay” game, which raises money and awareness for breast cancer research. FSU led 56-38 with less than eight minutes to play, but the Fighting Irish had the ball down by just two late in the contest.
Sonia Citron missed a shot near the basket for Notre Dame with 13 seconds left and O’Mariah Gordon knocked down a pair of free throws on other end for the Seminoles. Notre Dame would never again have the ball in a 1-possession game.
Valencia Myers finished with 14 points and eight rebounds to lead four Seminoles in double figures. Sara Bejedi added 12 points in 12 minutes while shooting 3-for-3 from deep. Gordon and Morgan Jones finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
Olivia Miles finished with 17 points to lead Notre Dame. Cintron and Maya Dodson each added 15 points in the loss.
For FSU, the victory is its first ever against Notre Dame. The Seminoles had been 0-11 all-time against the Fighting Irish coming in. FSU improves to 11-10 on the season and 5-6 in ACC play as it prepares to visit Duke on Thursday.
Between the Lines for Feb. 6, 2022
Women’s basketball: (20) Notre Dame 65, FSU 70
On the Agenda for Feb. 7, 2022
No FSU athletic events scheduled.
Rolling News and Notes
FSU’s Trey Cunningham finished second in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York on Sunday.
Former FSU football players shined at the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday. Safety Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers came away with an interception. Running back Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings caught a touchdown.