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FSU women knock off No. 3 Louisville

Florida State continues to have Louisville’s number.

Morgan Jones scored 26 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Florida State stunned No. 3 Louisville 68-59 on Sunday.

Jones shot 7 of 13 from the floor and 12 of 15 from the free-throw line for the Seminoles (9-6 overall, 8-6 ACC), recording her third double-double of the season. Florida State knocked off Louisville twice in the 2019-20 season when the Cardinals were ranked in the top 5 each time.

Kourtney Weber scored 14 as the Seminoles used a 9-0 run in the fourth period to pull in front and hold on for the victory, which was critical toward improving their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Dana Evans had 13 points, 10 in the second half, but shot just 5 of 21 for Louisville (20-2, 13-2). Olivia Cochran had 12 points and nine rebounds. The Cardinals were looking to secure their fourth straight ACC regular-season title, but a poor shooting game ended that opportunity.

“You love these games when you prove it with your defense,” FSU interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff said.

Valencia Myers fouled out but had nine points and seven rebounds for Florida State, which improved to 7-1 at home.

Louisville shot just 21 of 60 (35 percent) from the floor and 3 of 20 (15 percent) from 3-point range.

“Their length at the guard spots — it really gives us a problem scoring the basketball,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said when asked what challenges FSU presents. “Tonight we had some open looks that we just did not make. We could not get a run going. We got plenty of stops.”

Florida State also had its struggles from the floor, making just 19 of 60 (31.7 percent) of its shots and 3 of 13 (23.1 percent) from 3-point range. But the Seminoles made Louisville pay by going 27 of 38 (71.1 percent) at the free-throw line.

“Free throws are definitely important,” Jones said. “Our shots weren’t falling so making those count, realizing those shots need to be made.”

This is the kind of win that can significantly boost FSU’s seeding in the NCAA Tournament (ESPN.com’s Charlie Creme had FSU as a No. 10 seed on Feb. 16). The Seminoles have been forced to play a number of rescheduled games and were playing only their 15th game on Sunday. Walz views FSU as a team worthy of playing in the Big Dance.

“Watching them on film I think they’re definitely an NCAA Tournament team,” Walz said. “There’s no question in my mind.

TAKEAWAYS

Louisville missed opportunities at the free-throw line, couldn’t make 3-pointers and Evans couldn’t get in gear in a rare road loss.

Jones and Weber led the way as the Seminoles used the free-throw line to deliver the knockout and pick up a third victory in the last two seasons vs. the Cardinals.

BOX SCORE

The FSU-Louisville box score can be viewed here.

UP NEXT

Florida State plays at Notre Dame on Thursday at 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra).