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FSU falls short in seniors’ home finale

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Florida State had a large senior day send-off. But the crowd couldn’t will the Seminoles to a win.

Kiah Gillespie had 22 points and seven rebounds and Nausia Woolfolk added 20 points and six rebounds but Notre Dame defeated FSU 70-67 on Sunday afternoon. Woolfolk nailed 4 of 8 3-pointers in what was the final home game for her, Gillespie and Nicki Ekhomu (six points, five rebounds and six assists).

FSU ends the regular season 22-6, 11-6 but is unlikely to secure a spot as an NCAA Regional host unless the Seminoles capture the ACC Tournament title.

“We’ve got to throw it away,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said of Sunday’s loss. “We’ve got plenty of basketball ahead of us right now. We know where we sit with our seed … We’ve really got nothing to lose.”

Sam Brunelle had 25 points, four rebounds and four assists for Notre Dame (13-17, 8-10).

The Seminoles’ 11-point lead was erased as Notre Dame shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the game’s final 20 minutes.

A crowd of 4,360 watched the game, many of those purchasing $1 tickets as one of the largest crowds of the year watched the women’s team.

Gillespie, a transfer from Maryland, said Semrau, the coaches and teammates have helped prepare her for her future – on and off the court.

“Everything I’ve done on the basketball court is nothing compared to the person it’s made me while I’ve been here,” Gillespie said. “I think that’s the best part about Florida State. I’m more prepared to go out into the real world; I’m excited for it because I’ve taken the time to learn from Coach Sue and understand everything she’s taught me. Basketball aside, Florida State has been my life and I’m blessed to be a Seminole.”

Despite the loss, FSU secured the No. 4 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles earned the double bye and won’t have to play until Friday against the winner of the No. 5 seed vs. No. 12-No. 13 game. FSU will play on Friday at 11 a.m.

Kiah Gillespie is recognized with her family pregame.
Nausia Woolfolk is honored with her family before Sunday’s game.
Nicki Ekhomu was recognized before her final home game. (photos by Mike Olivella)

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  1. Bob FerranteReply

    ACC Tournament schedule (RSN means regional sports network)

    Wednesday, March 4
    Game No. 1 – No. 12 North Carolina vs. No. 13 Wake Forest, 1 p.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 2 – No. 10 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Pitt, 3:30 p.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 3 – No. 11 Miami vs. No. 14 Clemson, 6:30 p.m. (RSN)

    Thursday, March 5
    Game No. 4 – No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. Winner of Game No. 1, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 5 – No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Virginia, 2 p.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 6 – No. Georgia Tech vs. Winner of Game No. 2, 6 p.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 7 – No. 6 Boston College vs. Winner of Game No. 3, 8 p.m. (RSN)

    Friday, March 6
    Game No. 8 – No. 4 Florida State vs. Winner of Game No. 4, 11 a.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 9 – No. 1 Louisville vs. Winner of Game 5, 2 p.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 10 – No. 2 NC State vs. Winner of Game No. 6, 6 p.m. (RSN)
    Game No. 11 – No. 3 Duke vs. Winner of Game No. 7, 8 p.m. (RSN)

    Saturday, March 7
    Game No. 12 – ACC Semifinal No. 1, Noon (ESPNU)
    Game No. 13 – ACC Semifinal No. 2, 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

    Sunday, March 8
    Game No. 14 – Championship Game, Noon (ESPN2)

  2. Robert TatumReply

    Another disappointing loss to end the season. This team has imploded as the season progressed. I think it’s time for Sue to make some changes to her staff. It’s up to the coaches to make the players better. This hasn’t been the case the last 2 years. All these talented players that was brought in the last couple years has just been wasted. They have not been developed. These girls deserve better coaching and it’s up to Sue to give it to them. If she doesn’t make some changes then it’s her head on the chopping block. This season was an embarrassment. Thank God it’s almost over.

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