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The Seminoles suffer their first loss of the season.

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Despite a fast start #12 Florida State (10-1) goes down to #8 Texas (9-1) 87-72.

Pre-Game

Texas came into this game off of an easy win against Northwestern State. However, the game before that the Longhorns suffered their first loss of the season at Tennessee where they played uncharacteristically poorly. In addition, All-Big12 point guard Brooke McCarty was a game time decision. UT would also be without talented post player Joyner Holmes (suspension) who had 14 points and 14 rebounds against FSU in Tallahassee last year.

Even with that bit of adversity Texas remains an extremely talented team. The Longhorns feature 10 McDonald’s All-Americans on their roster. FSU only has nine players total on its active roster. This is one of the few games the Noles will play all year in which they face such a disparity in talent.

FSU also had issues coming into the game. Reigning ACC Player of the Year Shakayla Thomas (illness) didn’t practice yesterday and was a game time decision.

Game Recap

Florida State came out like gangbusters in this game. The Noles hit their first seven shots and jumped out to a 17-8 lead. However, UT would fight back. The Horns went on an 11-4 run to cut FSU’s lead to 21-19. From there the teams traded baskets until McCarty hit a three to give Texas a 26-23 lead going into the second quarter.

Both teams came out cold in the second quarter. Nausia Woolfolk finally broke the scoring seal with a jumper a couple of minutes into the quarter. After that the two teams mostly traded baskets. FSU’s hot shooting basically continued while Texas was killing FSU on the boards and getting extra shots due to offensive rebounds. FSU went into halftime down only one point after AJ Alix hit a jumper to close the half.

In the third quarter Texas continually threatened to lengthen the lead but FSU was able to answer every time. This lasted until the end of the quarter when UT went on a quick 7-0 run to take a 63-56 lead into the last quarter.

The fourth again started with FSU managing to trade baskets with the Horns but UT was eventually able to pull away. FSU could never come closer than that seven point deficit. Texas ended the game on a 10-2 run for the final 87-72 margin.

Post Game

This was the first game all season where the Seminoles had more than 15 turnovers as they finished with 17 while Texas had 11. However, this game was really lost on the backboards. UT had 46 boards while FSU only had 32. Of those 46, Texas had 19 on the offensive end.

Florida State stayed in the game with hot shooting. The Noles shot 44% from three. However, FSU shot 12 fewer shots than Texas and 10 fewer free throws. This was the difference in the game.

AJ Alix had a strong game in her return to Texas. She had 21 points and 8 assists (along with seven turnovers). Shakayla Thomas battled through her illness to end with 19 points.

Next Game

Florida State will stay on the road as they will head to Omaha, Neb. to face the Creighton Blue Jays on Dec. 21st at 7pm.