Florida State played well from the start. And the Seminoles finished off No. 5 Louisville.
Kiah Gillespie scored 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds – recording her 10th double-double of the season – as No. 17 FSU put away host Louisville 67-59 on Thursday night.
Gillespie shot 10 of 20 from the floor and 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
Nicki Ekhomu had 18 points and six assists as FSU (19-4, 8-4 ACC) put together a late 13-0 run and knocked off Louisville, which had won 13 straight games and hadn’t lost at home in nearly a calendar year.
“They played with toughness; they played with heart,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “After a really tough stretch and losing Nausia (Woolfolk) to the ankle and losing to BC, I think they’ve responded pretty well. That’s a really good Louisville team we just beat.”
The Seminoles won the rebounding edge 28-23.
Dana Evans had 19 points for Louisville (21-2, 10-1 ACC) tried to rally late but shot just 3 of 16 from 3-point range.
FSU had an up-and-down January, which included losses to NC State, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Syracuse. But the Seminoles have also built an impressive resume: FSU is 5-1 vs. AP top-25 teams in 2019-20.
“We talked about how we deserved to be here,” Gillespie said. “We’ve had a couple of tough losses in the ACC where we didn’t put our all into the game. We went out there and played and thought things would go our way because we were Florida State and we were ranked. We learned quickly that we have to come out and have an attitude that we deserve to be here. We have to defend and rebound and talk and be a team altogether.
“We stayed together and didn’t splinter, and that’s huge for us and huge for our growth, especially from the team we were last year.”
Next up for FSU is a home game vs. Virginia (10-13, 5-7) on Sunday at noon (ACC Network).