Cubaj, GT rally to defeat FSU women

Georgia Tech maintained its win streak over Florida State, but the Seminoles contributed with their struggles in the final minutes.

Erin Howard and Makayla Timpson scored 12 points each but FSU missed its last four shots from the floor and couldn’t pick up the big rebounds late as No. 15 Georgia Tech took a 68-64 win on Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets won their fifth straight game in the series.

“I thought our team fought through everything,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “Any little thing that went wrong could have gone in the other direction. It’s the first time in a while we’ve had everyone who could play. We walked into the best defensive team in the country and out-rebounded them. Everyone played a big role but it’s disappointing. It’s part of the process.”

Morgan Jones added 11 points and nine rebounds for FSU (7-7, 1-3 ACC), which was outscored 22-13 in the fourth period.

Despite FSU holding a 62-57 lead with 3:33 left, Georgia Tech took advantage of second chance opportunities down the stretch and held strong on the offensive glass. Jones hit two free throws to give FSU a 64-63 lead with two minutes remaining, but Georgia Tech’s Eylia Love converted a layup to make it 65-64 GT with 47 seconds left.

FSU was unable to convert on a few more possessions to end the game.

Lorela Cubaj had a career-best 24 points and nine rebounds for GT (13-3, 4-1).

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FSU will play at Clemson on Tuesday at 6 p.m. (live stream on ACC Network Extra).

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