Syracuse was one shot better – in one fraction of a second – in overtime.
Emily Engstler came off a screen and tapped in the ball as the horn sounded in overtime, handing Florida State a 90-89 loss on the road Thursday night. It was the Seminoles’ first loss of the season after opening a program-best 13-0.
Kiah Gillespie scored a career-high 27 points for FSU, including the go-ahead basket in the lane with 0.6 seconds left to put the Seminoles ahead 89-88. Syracuse then called a timeout to get the ball at half court, setting the final inbounds pass to Engstler.
FSU had some chances to put the game away but missed free throws late in overtime. Valencia Myers missed a pair of free-throw attempts and later Gillespie made just 2 of 4 free-throw attempts.
Nausia Woolfolk scored 19 points and added five rebounds, while Nicki Ekhomu scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds for FSU (13-1).
The Seminoles next play at Miami on Sunday at 2 p.m. (Fox Sports Florida).