TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Point out experienced to change 5 senior starters this time and the expanding pains were frequently obvious. A youthful group relished its greatest achievements on Thursday night.
Nausia Woolfolk scored 22 factors and No. 24 Florida Point out scored 10 straight factors late in the fourth quarter to knock off No. 9 N.C. Point out 75-70.
Woolfolk tied a career significant with 5 3-ideas. Nicki Ekhomu included 18 factors as the Seminoles (20-3, 8-2 ACC) shot 55 per cent from the floor in the next fifty percent.
Ekhomu iced the earn by building a pair of free of charge throws with 17 seconds still left. The Seminoles secured a seventh straight 20-earn time.
“It is a large milestone,” Florida Point out coach Sue Semrau reported. “1 we want to admit and shift on from. I believe now we have substantially extra to do but obtaining attained that will take a little bit of a body weight off us.”
Semrau has leaned on a pair of juniors, Woolfolk and Ekhomu, to lead a youthful group through the time. Florida Point out also obtained a enhance from transfer ahead Kiah Gillespie, who sat out 2017-18 but has been one of the ACC’s top players this yr. Gillespie experienced 9 factors and four rebounds on Thursday.
There have been doubts about this group. Depth has been a problem, specifically after Florida Point out missing a few players to time-ending accidents, restricting the rotation to eight players.
But the Seminoles have revealed their resiliency. They never feel the earn around the Wolfpack was a statement but does inspire them to see what they can attain in the last month of the ACC time.
“We’re very youthful,” Woolfolk reported. “It is not definitely proving a statement. It is just building momentum for us to go. Give us a attitude figuring out that we can battle through factors and end.”
Elissa Cunane came off the bench to score a time-finest 25 factors on 10 of 19 shooting for the Wolfpack (21-2, 8-2), who were the very last unbeaten Division I group until a loss on Sunday to North Carolina.
Cunane, a freshman from Summerfield and Northern Guilford, is a former HSXtra.com player of the yr.
DD Rogers experienced 11 factors and 17 rebounds for the Wolfpack. Rogers averages 7.1 rebounds for every sport but extra than doubled that on Thursday and virtually approached her time-finest overall of 20 boards.
NC Point out dominated on the boards, successful the rebound edge 44-30.
But Florida Point out shot 55.2 per cent (16 of 29) in the next fifty percent to keep off the Wolfpack. Gillespie experienced two late baskets, which include a 3-pointer, to help protected the earn.
NC Point out junior ahead Erika Cassell slipped on the courtroom and suffered an evident knee harm in the next quarter. Cassell experienced four factors in seven minutes. The Wolfpack, who already are with out a few guards, played shorter-handed but did not acquire any contributions from the bench over and above Cunane.
Kiara Leslie scored 11 factors for NC Point out, which shot 42.6 per cent (26 of 61) from the floor. But the Wolfpack committed 16 turnovers, and Florida Point out capitalized in scoring 23 factors.
“Which is what we test to do,” Ekhomu reported. “We test to get offense off defense and test to get in transition. I believe it was a large vital.”
Florida Point out only experienced eight turnovers and shot 43.1 per cent (28 of 65) from the floor. Ekhomu experienced six assists and no turnovers.