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No. 3 NC State pulls away from FSU

A breakout third quarter for third-ranked NC State allowed it to pull away from the Florida State women’s basketball team on Thursday night, as the Seminoles fell 68-48 at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.

Trailing by just eight at the half, FSU was out-scored 20-10 in the third frame. The Seminoles (10-10, 4-6 ACC) found it difficult to work the ball on their possessions against a stingy Wolfpack (20-3, 11-1) defense. NC State, which is among the nation’s best offenses, also was able to hit 11-of-23 3-point attempts.

“We continued to fight tonight,” FSU coach Sue Semrau said. “It can be tough when they are hitting shots like that. This is a growth process, and I thought we made great strides against what I consider to be an NCAA Final Four team.”

O’Mariah Gordon led FSU with 12 points in just over 21 minutes played on Thursday. Fellow point guard Sara Bejedi also showed a good comfort level against NC State, finishing with seven points. Morgan Jones added nine in the loss.

The Wolfpack had four double-figure scorers, led by Jakia-Brown Turner’s 13 points. NC State shot 44.9 percent from the floor.

NC State came out hot in the first quarter, going on a stretch where it made four consecutive 3s and went 6 of 8 from distance. The Wolfpack used a 14-2 run to stretch its lead to 24-12 at the end of the first. Gordon tried to build something going into the second when her runner in the lane beat the buzzer to end the first.

FSU held the Wolfpack in check in the second quarter, out-scoring it 13-9. The Seminoles used a 10-0 run to get back into the game. At the break, Sammie Pusis led FSU’s balanced scoring with six points, while Bejedi played a strong second quarter at the point guard spot and added five. Puisis’ two 3-point field goals on the night give her 112 for her career.

Both teams played a fairly even fourth quarter, but NC State’s breakaway third was all it would need to earn the win over FSU.

Box score

The FSU-NC State box score can be viewed here.

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