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Gillespie triple-double helps FSU match best start at 12-0

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Kiah Gillespie had quite the homecoming with her first career triple-double.

The Connecticut native had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 8 Florida State to a 79-69 win over No. 24 Michigan on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Showcase at Uncasville, Conn.

She got her final assist with a pass to Nausia Woolfolk, who scored just before the buzzer.

“I knew I had eight (assists) with four minutes left,” Gillespie said. “I’m so happy my teammates were there to help me get it.” 

Gillespie said she had about 100 friends and relatives at the game. She got most of her teammates’ ticket allotment, and her family bought the remaining few that were needed. 

She grew up about 45 minutes from Mohegan Sun Arena and the team went to her high school Friday. They had dinner there with her family and friends.

“We set up this game for her to play near her home,” Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. “Pretty special way for her to celebrate her return.”

It was the third triple-double in school history with the last coming from Leticia Romero in 2015.

Woolfolk scored 21 points to lead the Seminoles.

Leading 54-52, Florida State went on an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter to build a double-digit advantage. Taylor Robbins scored the next five points for Michigan to spark a 9-2 run that got the Wolverines within 64-61 with under four minutes left.

The teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Florida State (12-0) had back-to-back hoops — the second coming off a steal and basket by Woolfolk with 58 seconds left that made it 72-65.

The Wolverines (9-2) couldn’t convert on the other end and Gillespie hit two free throws to seal the game.

Florida State now has three wins over Top 25 teams this season, also beating then-No. 6 Texas A&M and 19th-ranked Michigan State. The Seminoles only had two wins over ranked opponents last year.

UP NEXT: FSU hosts Virginia Tech on Dec. 29.

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