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The matchup for Florida State women’s basketball against No. 12 Notre Dame on Sunday was always going to be an offensive battle.
It took two overtimes, but the Irish were able to outlast the Seminoles in a scoring fest at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, denying FSU its fourth top-20 victory of the season.
Notre Dame (18-5, 8-4 ACC) entered the game as the top-scoring team in the ACC with 82.32 points per game. FSU (17-8, 8-5) was not far behind with 81.04 points per game.
Sonia Cintron was fouled on a steal attempt by Ta’Niya Latson with 4.8 seconds left in the second overtime. She hit both free throws to give the Irish a late lead. Following a steal, Hannah Hidalgo hit a pair of free throws to put the game away.
Ta’Niya Latson led FSU with 34 points. She scored 11 points in the first quarter setting the tone early. All by herself, Latson built up a 9-2 lead in the early moments with an and-1 and two 3-pointers. She shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range, her first game hitting multiple 3’s since Dec. 29 against Georgia Tech.
She was one off her career-high, which was 35 against UF on 11/17/2023 and the school record is 40 by Nathasa Howard.
Latson also added five rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks, providing more than just scoring. She also turned the ball over eight times, as FSU did so 21 times as a team.
O’Mariah Gordon added 18 points for the Seminoles and Makayla Timpson finished with 18 points 15 rebounds and two blocks, while Sara Bejedi had 16 points, but shot 5-of-17 from the field.
Freshman Hidalgo led the Irish with 27 points, including shooting 13-of-14 from the free throw line She entered the game leading the conference with 25.2 points per game.
Anna DeWolfe added 24 points for Notre Dame, connecting on six 3-pointers and Maddy Westbeld finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Cintron had 18 points, as well.
FSU hits the road for a pair of games next week, starting with Wake Forest at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Seminoles play rival Miami at 4 p.m. on Feb. 18.
This story will be updated.
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