Florida State has been led by its senior trio all season.
And this weekend it was a hair away from an ACC Tournament title.
Kiah Gillespie scored 25 points as Florida State’s seniors had 59 points in a 71-66 loss to NC State on Sunday afternoon. Gillespie was 9 of 18 from the floor and pulled down nine rebounds.
Nausia Woolfolk and Nicki Ekhomu each scored 17 points for FSU (24-8, 11-8 ACC), which had made a stunning run to the championship game.
“It was a great championship game,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “The largest lead was only six points. I thought it was great for ACC Basketball. I’m very proud of my team. We just came up a little short. Congratulations to NC State and their head coach Wes Moore.”
Elissa Cunane and Aislinn Konig scored 18 points for NC State, which outrebounded FSU 41-30.
FSU shot 22 of 64 (34.4 percent) from the floor and 11 of 34 (32.4 percent) from 3-point range. The Seminoles, though, missed their last five shots from the floor and fell short.
The Seminoles hadn’t played with much consistency over the last two months, finishing the regular season 9-7. But FSU put together its best weekend of basketball, routing Wake Forest and then knocking off top-seed Louisville to get to the title game.
FSU now has a long break – nearly two weeks off before beginning play in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles have an outside shot to earn a No. 4 seed but likely will begin the Big Dance as a No. 5 seed and on the road for the first- and second-round games. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on March 16.